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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Randolph Scott-McLaughlin II is attending The Blues Orphans's event

The BLUES ORPHANS on Pittsburgh's North Side at PARK HOUSE

July 16, 2010 at 9:30pm to July 17, 2010 at 12:30pm
Catch The Blues Orphans once a month at PARK HOUSE, PittsburghSee More
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Randolph Scott-McLaughlin II is now friends with George Heid and Lorens Chuno
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Old-e-allstars @ Peter's Pub at Peter's Pub

March 27, 2009 at 9pm to March 28, 2009 at 1am
Funk show at Peter's PubIt's this friday at 9-1am.There will be an opening band and then my band will go on. There is typically dancing and drinking being that it's a bar and live music with a dance floor.Peter's Pub is right down in oakland on the same street as Fuel and Fuddle except you turn right instead of left on Oakland ave.See More
Mar 27, 2009
Randolph Scott-McLaughlin II joined Greg's group

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.
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At 12:20am on August 13, 2008, J. Malls said…
I can't find the button to send you a message on here, lol. Give me a call or email. Involves a potential gig ... kind of time sensitive. Hit me back!
-J, 412-327-7686
At 9:36pm on July 1, 2008, Paul Balazs said…
yeh, i plan on practicing like i said for the next few weeks, who knows when it'll happen. i just need some brush up time and good ole encouragement.
At 5:38pm on May 27, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Congratulations... you made it in. with a name like yours you are destined for stardom. Keep swinging and welcome.




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