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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


Some answers  can be gleaned from the postings on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.


For almost 100 years the Pittsburgh region has been a metacenter of jazz originality that is second to no other in the history of jazz.  One of the best kept secrets in jazz folklore, the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy has heretofore remained mythical.  We have dubbed it “the greatest story never told” since it has not been represented in writing before now in such a way as to be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about it.  When it was happening, little did we know how priceless the memories would become when the times were gone.


Today jazz is still king in Pittsburgh, with events, performances and activities happening all the time. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the places, artists and fans that carry on the legacy of Pittsburgh's jazz heritage.






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At 9:12pm on October 17, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hello Carolyn ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany .
At 12:46pm on August 8, 2009, Brother Black said…
Hey Carolyn,
Thanks for being my Jazz Buddy. I can't wait to hear you sing !
At 5:24am on April 23, 2009, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
You sound great!!
Peace and love.
At 4:47am on April 17, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you very much for your response Carolyn. It's very nice to meet you. I really enjoy your singing style. You're very talented and very easy to listen to.

Best Wishes,

At 4:50pm on June 29, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Carolyn, It's my pleasure to connect with you here on jazzburgher. peace, Dave Yoho
At 7:49pm on June 18, 2008, Nancy Persinger said…
Dear Carolyn,
Just had the had the pleasure of listening to your exquisite "Midnight Sun." You'll always remind me of champagne and caviar. Admiringly, Nancy Persinger
At 6:27pm on June 18, 2008, Linda Jones said…
Carolyn, you are one amazing vocalist! I truly love your sound. Hope to see you soon.
At 4:39pm on June 18, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Carolyn
Wow! you sound inspiring.
I love the space you create/allow with this tempo and your phrasing and voice on Midnight Sun.

Angels We Have Heard- divine!!!! Who arranged that one?
Its fantastic. It really lifted me today- thanks!!!

I really hope I get to hear you in person the next time I can come to Pgh
Thanks for sharing your music here.
Blessings for your continuing success
At 8:27am on May 21, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Welcome to Web 2.0 and the home network. browse around the photos, vids and sounds and the member pages and you will know what to do. Start with my page if you like.

You made my day! Thanks.
I hope I can get AAMI to join soon. Everyone always runs the other way when I am there.

Hmmm. ;-)



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