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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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Born here in 1952. Live here and enjoy the best live jazz creations in the world !
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Howie Alexander's "Interval Monday" at AVA's! 9:00 Mondays, Sean Jones where ever!! The MPG Jazz Jam at TANA's Wed. at 9:00, RH Factor at CJ's Thur at 8:00, Tony Campbell's Jazz Surgery at CJ's Sat 5:15-8:00PM and Spider Rondinelli and Kenny Blake where ever!!! and Sundays the James Street Gastropub from 6:00- 9:00 PM at jazz events!
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Improvisation runs beyond your mind and body to feel exactly where your soul is inspired to take you to! The most important thing I've learned from my life experiences (and from God) is that there is no such thing as a mistake; especially when you play it twice to see the view from the new horizon you've discovered!! So continue to breathe deeply and definitely note the space between this and your next breath....
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I'm a Pittsburgh jazz fan, archivist, improvising enough to create a harmonic dream come true!

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 9:00am 5 Comments

As we move into a new century of growth, excitement and development, especially music wise here in

Pittsburgh, it doesn't surprise me that there may be some confusion

and fear amongst my fellow musicians and friends. I'm not the first

Pittsburgher to suggest that Pittsburgh deserves a Jazz Artist Museum

of our own. That's why I created the internet sites of (Pgh Jazz Artist…


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At 4:59am on May 25, 2016, Hill Jordan said…
Oh, how I will so greatly miss the pleasant smile that ALWAYS greeted Me EVERYTIME I had a gig that Dr. Bruce was hanging out at!

His gentle nature & profound interest in doing all he could to uplift The Pittsburgh Jazz Scene & it's legion of Musicians will ALWAYS make me smile whenever I see ANYONE with a camera at a show. Cheers Dr. Bruce thanks for being a good friend!!!
At 4:51pm on May 24, 2016, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Francis Bruce Marion 4.3.52- 5.23.16

At 12:51am on January 30, 2012, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Doc what Instrument does David Throckmorton Play ? Is he a drummer? I know Jeff Gubbs plays bass, but have not heard him yet! Maybe I'll roll thru the T -Bird Tuesday and check them out! - kev

At 5:52am on January 1, 2010, hussain altaf said…
i like this site very much,
this site having a lot of features
good contact
At 4:11am on December 10, 2009, Roger Barbour Sr said…
Thanks Dr Bruce and thanks for helping to keep jazz alive in Pittsburgh with your videos. Sincerely, your good friend, Roger barbour
At 10:07pm on November 23, 2009, Vince Taglieri said…
Dr. Bruce,
Thanks for the nice words and THANK YOU for the great dvds! Remember, The Forest Hills Coffee Company 2201 Ardmore Blvd., Forest Hills 412.351.4545 ANYTIME!
At 4:24am on November 3, 2009, The Tuesday Night Big Band said…
Thank you for your kind comments and for attending our performance for the Pittsburgh Jazz Society on Sunday evening. We are grateful to our fans like you who support what we do! Keep Swinging!

The Tuesday Night Big Band
At 5:26am on March 26, 2009, Gottfried Laube said…
I enjoyed meeting you while listening to the jam session at Gulliftys
STEVE the saxophone player from OREGON and my daughter MARGA were very impressed by the quality of the musicians from Pittsburgh. My Mission accomplished. GOGO
At 4:02am on October 18, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Dear Doctor Bruse,

Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do. You have quit the pen yourself.


At 8:17am on June 1, 2008, Carol Segal Rein said…
Hey Jazz Network Members!!
Dr Bruce is a performer too. He may be a great fan, and he likes to video your performances. Encourage him to play his piano and trumpet more often. He needs your support.



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