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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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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Eviction Notice, Mr. E, all the guys who play at Ava on Monday nights and the fantastic performers at Shadow on Tuesdays. :)
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
88.3, 89.3,
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Ava Lounge
About Me:
I draw pictures. Giant, giant pictures. I am a jazz fan. I can have a conversation with anybody.
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artist, fan

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At 4:09pm on March 15, 2009, George C Jones said…
Hi Olga, is my e mail.I loved the photo you took of me. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
At 3:13pm on December 13, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
OLGA!!! What IS UP? Can you draw me my Frankenstein? You know, the best parts from different.... PEACE
At 11:05pm on October 14, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks for joining !
Be blessed!
At 8:19pm on October 14, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Olga,
I enjoyed hangin' out with you at AVA Lounge.
You are a terrific artist.

Thanks for supporting the Pittsburgh Jazz Scene.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
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At 10:17pm on October 13, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Olga,

It is so exciting to have another member of the Monday night Ava crowd join the network. Thank you for accepting my invitation and for supporting live jazz. Looking forward to getting more familiar with your art work. See you later maybe.



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