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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 3:31am on September 26, 2008, Delim Jamar said…
Hello Nancy--I enjoyed your music selections. would love to communicate with you.
At 6:30pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Nancy
Check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz
At 8:50pm on September 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Your music is beautiful. Make more friends who will then share your music with their friends.
At 8:46pm on September 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thank you for your question. There is no need to travel unless you are being paid to do so. You can meet your needs for connectiveness with fellow musicians through networks like this. Start first by posting some of your music on this page so other members can experience it. There are still may members who don't know how to browse to another website to hear your sounds. You'll get more exposure, faster here than on MySpace anyway. Broaden you profile on this network and see what happens.
At 11:03pm on September 1, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Nancy,

We are always delighted to meet people from across the planet. From now on you are only a click away. Please browse around and add some friends. Looking forward to experiencing your artistry.



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