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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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Erica Fox Zabusky replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion R.I.P. Ronald "Butch" Perkins - Jazz DJ and Archivist (WYEP/WDUQ) in the group OBITUARIES
"Oh no, I am so sad to read this. I recently moved back to Pittsburgh and was hoping to look Butchie up to say hi. He accompanied me on many a cold morning getting ready for work when he was on WYEP. This was in the mid-80s. I often called into his…"
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As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories.  Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.
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Erica Fox Zabusky commented on Dr. Nelson Harrison's event AAJPSP - Honoring Our Elders of Local #471 Musicians Union
"Is this event kid-friendly? Might there be a reduced price for a very well-behaved kid? (hint, hint)"
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AAJPSP - Honoring Our Elders of Local #471 Musicians Union at Wyndham University Hotel

July 22, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm
The African American Jazz Society of Pittsburgh is dedicated to the legacy of the erstwhile Local #471- American Federation of Musicians also known as the Pittsburgh Black Musicians Union and its rich history that has been the foundation for jazz music locally, nationally and internationally.There will be a rhythm section present, so don't forget to bring your instrument and sit in.Guests are welcome at $20.00 per person upon entering, costs includes a buffet offering.Cash bar available.See More
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