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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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I am a freelance curator of art and music events in Pittsburgh, PA. I play (mostly vinyl) records at clubs, bars, parties and art events. I make improvised sounds with cornet and sundry other objects. Sometimes I make art.

Some of the jazz and improvised music performers I have brought to Pittsburgh include: the Sun Ra Infinity Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, the Andy Bey Trio, Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters (led by Denardo Coleman), Henry Grimes and Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes and Oluyemi Thomas, Jack Wright, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Berndt and Neil Feather.

I am on the Board of Directors of The Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh non-profit philanthropic organization.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
MIchael Johnsen, Steve Boyle, Roger Humphries, Nelson Harrison, Jimmy Ponder, Greg Pierce, Ben Opie, Thoth Trio, Opek, Centipede E'est, Burnout Warcry, Marcus Kim, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, Rick Gribenas, Grackles, Hackles, Shep and Me, the Working Poor, the Dirty Faces, Baby Bird, Gregg Weber, Dave Bernabo, Etta Cox, Trog Pite, Lord Bird Golden Cobra, Craig Davis, Don Aliquo, Daryl Fleming, Dave Throckmorton
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AVA Lounge
About Me:
I am a freelance curator of art and music events in Pittsburgh, PA. I play (mostly vinyl) records at clubs, bars, parties and art events. I make improvised sounds with cornet and sundry other objects. Sometimes I make art.
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artist, fan, industry professional

legendary jazz bassist HENRY GRIMES in a solo concert at CMU's Alumni Concert Hall

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At 6:14pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Edgar,
Check out my my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz
At 2:40am on September 12, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Michael,

Thank you for joining. We have the Sprout Fund to thank for helping this network become possible. We are also happy to partner with the Sprout Fund at every possible opportunity. Your club act must be dynamite and I know you will make your presence felt here. Thank you for joining and for doing what you do.



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