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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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Drummer for Cirque Du Soleil's Touring Show 'Varekai'. During the N. American leg of our world tour, we performed in Pittsburgh for 7 weeks and performed to 178,000 people. I frequented the jazz clubs as often as i could.
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I am presently on a 3-year European leg of the World Tour of Cirque Du Soleil's 'Varekai'. I have been living my passion/dream drumming for Cirque Du Soleil for the past 6.5 years. I love performing to 26, 000 people a week, as well as the travelling that encompasses it which allows me to pursue my other passions - photography & real estate. I was born in Brussels, Belgium, pursued my career in my citizen country of Canada, and then took up residency in Las Vegas, USA. I have toured/travelled to over 1,000 cities in 72 countries. Prior to Cirque Du Soleil, I performed in 49 musical shows, recorded 21 CDs and performed on cruise ships sailing to 6 continents. During my music career, I used my knowledge of 6 languages working in non-musical jobs too.
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At 4:37am on July 2, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
I thought I saw your face was actually on the Yahoo Personals!! So wonderful to see such a phenomenal and well traveled/ muscian on this fabulous website. Hope your tour is going well. Angela
At 10:32pm on June 1, 2008, Lilly Abreu said…
So good to hear from you!!!
All the best Paul!!

At 7:24am on May 15, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

I see you wasted no time in using the connection. Great to have you with us.


At 4:39am on May 15, 2008, Jessica Lee said…
Hey Paul! I hope soon - how/where are you? Touring going well?

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