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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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Posted on November 3, 2009 at 12:32am 0 Comments

Kenny was one of a kind . He always was helpful and humble with me. I just found out tha he passed an am lost for words . All I will say now is that Heaven has another music master. Peaceful Rhythms Allways, Harold Walker

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At 6:01pm on March 14, 2009, David Moore said…
Hey Dr. FUNK, I'm glad to hear from you. I know you are doing well. M y life is wonderful. I got married to a wonderful woman 9 months ago 6/14/08. We are relocating to Fayetteville N.C. in June of this year. I will be producing concerts and working on my latest project The Underground Railroad a resturant/jazz club.I am very excited about this move.There are alot of folks from Pittsburh and NYC.Please keep in touch 412 298-6725
At 5:44am on January 20, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hi Harold,

It's a pleasure to hear from you; and yes I do remember the Grill jam session. I hope to hook-up with you again soon.
At 9:43am on January 18, 2009, Dale Fielder said…
Doctor Funk!

What up, my brother? Been diggin' you on Eric's new CD! Y'all sound really really good! Wish you a happy and prosperous 2009!

At 6:53am on January 15, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
so you are from the future :
"At 6:32am on January 15, 2009, Harold Walker said…"
At 4:51pm on September 4, 2008, Sydney Ellis said…
Hi Harold,

Thanks for the invite.

At 12:10pm on May 5, 2008, Billy Kuhn said…
Harold - thanks for remembering my birthday. I can't find your number, and it showed 'restricted' on my cell. Send it to me when you get a minute, or I'll have to come visit your house! -bk
At 11:20pm on March 8, 2008, Billy Kuhn said…
Dr., where have you beeen - outta town again? You never wite, you never call, and we live a mile away!
At 6:23am on March 2, 2008, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
Harold "The Funk Doctor" Walker,...I trust all is happening with you as always. This has to be Pittsburgh's new connection device...Thanks to Nelson we are all connecting once digg...I trust to see you the next time I'm in the Burgh....peace
At 12:46am on March 2, 2008, ken kovach said…
Hey Harold...Nice to hear from you....We should hook up soon...
At 7:13pm on February 20, 2008, Bill Easley said…
Hello Harold:

Though Eric has promised to let me hear some of it, so far I haven't heard it. I guess I will have to buy it when the record comes out. Hope I won't be too old and deft



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