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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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Tony Campbell
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Tony Campbell, Greg Humphreys, Kenny Blake, George Benson, Larry McGee, Erroll Gardner, Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine
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WGBH Boston, Ma.
WHRD Harvard University,, Cambridge, Ma.
WERS Emerson College, Boston, Ma.
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I am a resident and jazz instructor at NEC and teach privately at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass. At New England Conservatory of Music I teach jazz piano, voice, and ensemble as well as advanced arranging and songwriting for performance.
I have toured and directed the backup bands for the Platters, Drifters, Marvelettes, Shirelles, Chiffons, Martha Reeves, Dennis Edwards Temptations (keyboard-strings ); Little Anthony and the Imperials-Boston Summerfest, the Tavares, and many more.
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At 1:37am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 2:42am on May 10, 2008, Scott Elias said…
Hey Man,
SO great to hear from you! Jeff Lashway told me he had seen you. Yes, we B'Villians need to stick together! Let's keep in touch -- I'm starting a new Jazz Label: Random Acts Jazz. Jeff's CD will be on it, as will one by David Braham, a B-3 project. I'll keep you posted!
Best to you, and Blessings to you, my friend...
At 1:52pm on May 9, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
My man Hakim,

I look forward to meeting you and playing with you soon. I know you are holding forth in New England. now that IAJE is defunct are you familiar with the African American Jazz Caucus (AAJC)? If not, check out www; and join us. Dr. Larry Ridley is Exec. Director. Now's the Time!!
At 2:16am on May 7, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome to the PJN. I'm sure Tony has told you what a rich jazz heritage we have here. Now you can see for yourself and share your experiences with us as well.

Thanks for Joining.

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