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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 8:02am on August 13, 2008, derrick schippers said…
Hi there CeCE, nice to have you here
At 1:42pm on August 4, 2008, Elli Fordyce said…
Hi All:

I'm making my re-debut in Cleveland (after 30+ years since playing there several times, in the dark ages) on Aug. 20, 7pm, at Nighttown in Cleveland Hts. Anyone who feels like hopping over there or who knows folks in that area, please feel free to pass this on.

Thanks, I don't have the hometown advantage so hope to get a little help w/ spreading the word, eh?


Elli Fordyce
At 12:03am on July 29, 2008, L'Tanya Williams said…
Welcome to the Pittsburgh jazz Network!!! I'm always happy to make a new friend. Thanks for the invitation, and please stay in touch!

Best Wishes,

At 5:07pm on July 28, 2008, DR. LEO CASINO said…
Thanks so much, please checkout my website
At 4:26pm on July 28, 2008, Magdalena Vaida said…
Thanks for invitation, hope to keep in touch!
At 6:36am on July 28, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Welcome and thank you so much for joining. Pittsburgh is noted worldwide for producing legendary artists but we are very short on industry professionals like yourself. We are lucky to have you as a new member.

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