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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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Tennessee jazz needs some help

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 2:41pm 1 Comment

This comes from Jim Ferguson - jazz bassist/ vocalist in Nashville

Dear friends of jazz, the arts, and cultural diversity,

I’m writing to ask each of you for your help, communicating from a mental and emotional bunker here in the RED state of Tennessee. As you know, most states are facing serious budget shortfalls, and Tennessee is no exception With no state income tax and just a modest investment tax, Tennessee gets 2/3 of it’s operating monies from its… Continue

What happened to the Jazz Jam Session?

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 12:07am 4 Comments

Early in the evolution of jazz music, jam sessions became the opportunity for players to develop musical ideas, learn repertoire and phrasing, performance conventions, and learn from their peers. Probably the most famous jazz jam session was held on Monday nights at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, NY, starting in 1941. Swing Era soloists such as jazz saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge joined the house band, which included Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke,… Continue

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At 4:38pm on March 28, 2009, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley said…
You're coming to Philly? Please let me know where and I'll arrange to get a chance to catch up with you.
At 7:37pm on March 1, 2009, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley said…
Greetings Monika, Monika what have you gone and done!! Smile SOJP, Jazz as poetic Inspiration.
At 2:35am on February 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Monika,

Your blog is a welcome feature to the network. I'll be posting some audio and video of some of our local jam sessions that I mentioned in my response so you can get a feel for how we do it here. WE will encourage others to do likewise and to join the discussion. Thank you for joining.
At 12:03am on February 23, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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