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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 March 30, 2009 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

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At 3:50am on June 14, 2010, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…
Hi Jere B,
I'm glad that I was able to speak with you earlier this evening. God Bless!
At 9:58pm on March 31, 2009, Mona said…
Hello Jere,
Just sending hello.
At 9:35pm on February 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

I should've checked out your website before my last comment. I played with Cliff and your sax player a few years ago in the Hill District. You cats are the bomb... ready for prime time for sure. Post your YouTube videos on this network and get all the band members to join with their own page. You can also have a group page if you want... all free. I see you have already picked up a couple of friends from overseas. Post some media and watch the news spread.
At 9:18pm on February 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I'll check you out. This network will help you get back to the 'Burgh. Is Cliff Barnes in your group? He has quite a following in the Burgh. See if you can get him to join us if you know him?
At 7:12pm on February 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jere,

We are glad you are on board. Youngstown has been very good to Pittsburgh in providing a cadre of young giants who are active in our local market like Alton, Sean, etc. We consider ourselves family in this great musical tradition we love and practice and we look forward to meeting you and experiencing your artistic gifts. Thank you for joining.



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