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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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I love music, JAZZ definitely being at the top of the top. I write lyrics/poems/songs and have sung for numerous occasions for hire as well as leisure for 15+ years:) I own my own lucriative candle business and take a humble pride in that. I love people, places, and things....I guess one might say...I LOVE LIFE! ;)
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At 1:49am on September 7, 2008, Grant said…

At 1:48am on September 7, 2008, Grant said…
well, I was just teasing about burning the candle at both ends, but since you put it that way .. I truly have seen big ones that needed double wicked! Nelson is my best friend and godfather to my 3 year old boy ... how did YOU get here from Texas, one wonders? I went through flight school in Ft Wolters, outside Fort Worth, or fout wort, as they say
At 10:34pm on September 6, 2008, Grant said…
Hi Joan, Do you have a candle that smells great that I can burn at both ends?
At 7:10am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
And likewise to you Joan. I sincerely mean it.
Blessings to you.
At 7:04am on August 13, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Joan,

Thank you so much for joining and checking out what we have going here in Pittsburgh. I am happy to be able to share your art with the other members.

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