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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 2:02am on May 6, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Hey Shotgun, I'm particularly happy to be on the same great network your on. I'm still out here absorbing as much good musical knowledge as possible. You are a great inspiration to me and countless other fans . Keep up the good playing cause we are rounding third base headed home. peace Ali
At 2:26am on April 28, 2009, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Had a good time listening to your group with my brother Dan on bass. That is a nice venue and I enjoyed the atmosphere and service. I will definitely be back hopefully with company- kh
At 2:12am on April 12, 2009, Kevin Amos said…
Hey Shotgun....I'm looking forward to working with you next Satuday at April's. We're gonna have a good time I have no doubt about it!!

At 2:02am on February 18, 2009, Puppa Santana said…
very good!!!!
At 5:44am on January 20, 2009, Harold Walker said…
Master Gerald Haymon It"s 2009 , The Year of The Cookers. Freddie started the Night of the Cookers. Gerald Haymon has started the Year of the Cookers. Good Health And God Bless.
At 2:17am on January 15, 2009, Paul & Gerry said…
Hey - Happy New Year - Hope to see you soon Paul +Gerry
At 1:47pm on December 30, 2008, Garl Germany III said…
Hi Gerald
I been playing congas with Tubby Daniel's Band and I still want to get with you. We are playing at CJ's this weekend 1/3/09 Sat. What your schedule like I would like to see you.
At 2:17am on December 29, 2008, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It's great you're here!
At 8:32pm on December 25, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Glad to see you here with the other great musicians. I've heard a lot of good things about you, through the years. It has been too long since we talked, I hope we can fix that in 2009. Please list your performance dates here too. I'd love to come and support you. Tell your brother I said hello too.
At 7:10am on December 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks Dan



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