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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 1:52am on June 8, 2009, Roy Ruzika said…
Nelson Harrison emailed me that you will be participating in the July 2 Entrepreneurial thursdays show hosted by Jessica Lee. We put out an email invitation for the show listing the particpants. Please let me know your full name, business name, web address if applicable and your email address. I need the later so I can send you acopy of the invitation for the show. Please email me at Thanks.
At 5:12pm on March 5, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
Hey Greg, Thanks for adding me to the list. See you at the session.
Peace, Alexander Peck
At 5:03am on February 28, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Yes, you might say that.
At 2:18am on December 18, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
oops. "interested"
At 2:18am on December 18, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thanks. I love conversations like that and I am glad you ieresting in the fate of the Crawford Grill.
At 5:46am on December 7, 2008, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you Greg. I truly appreciate that. May I add you as a freind?
At 12:55am on December 7, 2008, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hi Greg,

Yes it is.
At 3:48pm on December 6, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Greg,

Yeah, that was me you saw playin' at Howie Alexander's Jam Session at AVA Lounge.

Thanks for the compliment and support.

If you need me for a gig feel free to contact me.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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At 11:47pm on December 5, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Greg,

We love fans and media around here and we are happy that you found us. Please take full advantage of our offerings and the capabilities of your page. An active membership that crosses all lines and represents many perspectives will make the jazz community a better place. Thank you for joining.



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