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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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Kevin Amos replied to Lucian Williams's discussion Can jazz be saved? in the group The Future of the Jazz Industry
"The only people who can save Jazz are us. Forget the other bs. The key is education and providing an outlet to educate all about the music young and old.   How come folks can't create music to dance to? Some of these  music shows seem…"
Dec 30, 2010
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Jan 2, 2010
Dr. Nelson Harrison left a comment for Lucian Williams
"Welcome Lucien, Wishing you wings to fly, the vision to dream wildly, The Heart to love deeply and the spirit to embrace all beauty in life..may you have a prosperous New Year with endless good health, wealth and happiness in 2010. Peace and…"
Jan 2, 2010
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"welcome bro. Join the minority. At least we won't give up the ship without a fight."
Dec 22, 2009
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Can jazz be saved?

Being a musician, I am, of course, biased but the good news is that I do believe jazz can be saved. The bad news is, I doubt that it will. The art of melodic improvisation flourished when it was part of the popular music of the '20's through the big band era. Kids who were buying records could relate to it physically through dancing. In order to awaken the public's atrophied ears to our beloved art form, that connection would have to be reestablished. A golden opportunity was missed during the…See More
Dec 16, 2009
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The Future of the Jazz Industry

I started this group because I am curious as to what your thoughts are on: the main problems facing the industry, what you think can be done to resolve these problems, and what actions can be taken to ensure a flourishing future for jazz music.
Dec 16, 2009
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Dec 16, 2009

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At 6:15am on January 2, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Lucien,

Wishing you wings to fly, the vision to dream wildly, The Heart to love deeply and the spirit to embrace all beauty in life..may you have a prosperous New Year with endless good health, wealth and happiness in 2010. Peace and blessings profound!

Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.
At 1:30am on December 22, 2009, David Panaggio said…
welcome bro. Join the minority. At least we won't give up the ship without a fight.

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