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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 7:12pm on October 8, 2012, Barbara Ray said…

Hi, Raymond:

It was great seeing you .. come out to the R-Bar Wednesday 10th in Dormont West Liberty Avenue - we're there from 8pm-10pm. On Saturday 13th - Westend Cafe.. from 8:30pm-11:30pm. We're peforming & it's also Zombie Night .. whatever that is lol - should be fun!!

And on the 20th Cent'Anni's also on West Liberty Avenue we're there from 8pm-12pm.  Big ole dance floor.  Hope to see you soon.

At 10:34pm on May 9, 2012, Barbara Ray said…


if you're free come by and have some fun on Saturday 12th.. at the Village ..



At 12:14am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 12:14am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 11:04pm on October 14, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks for joining !
Be blessed!
At 10:10pm on October 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Raymond,

You have a knack for being in the right places. The Rhythm House is a great venue, the AAMI is the best place to study, and this network is the best place to learn about Pittsburgh jazz and to express yourself. You have three big "bests" going for you already and I'm sure there will be many more. Thank you for joining.



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