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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 7:24pm on October 23, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi L´Tanya ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne Germany !
At 2:11pm on March 3, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend!!!!!.....
Please call me @ the offc...757 538 3540...I have some GREAT marketing tips I want to share with you that will increase your network 7 fold!!!!...JB
At 1:44am 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 2:43am on January 5, 2009, James R. Meny said…
I heard about a new Jazz venue in the Pine Tree Shoppes in Wexford at the D'vine Wine Bar and Lounge. They only are listing one show booked in January so maybe that would be an opportunity for some musicians to contact this merchant for bookings
At 9:32pm on July 17, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi L'Tanya! Thanks for accepting my friendship. I've heard nothing but good things about your talent. I look forward to meeting you, and maybe working together one of these days!
At 4:05pm on July 17, 2008, Benjy Myaz said…
L'Tanya Williams
Thanks for the add..
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At 4:20am on June 4, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Thanks for adding my name to your friendly list. Hope to see you out and about.

At 12:45am on May 26, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Ok. I'll delete your old page. thank you for persisting. Please invite some of your friends to join. We are shooting for 500 members by 6/30. See you at the Clubhouse.
At 6:24am on May 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Did you join again or did you delete you earlier page for some reason?



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