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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 7:03pm on August 1, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks for the feedback Richie. It's very gratifying to know that you and so many others are enjoying the network. We can rebuild our musical community strong again from the bottom up like this. Please invite many more to join and add a lot of friends. I doubt if anyone will turn down a friend request. You can send bulk messages to all of your friends with one click of the mouse.
At 10:01am on May 20, 2008, Justin Brown said…
Hey Richy,

Great to see you and I always remember how much you helped me when I was greener than blue. I hope to see you soon. Have lots to talk about.


At 3:24am on April 5, 2008, Adam Brock said…
wanna play with john and I sometime? interested in any projects? let me know!
At 3:01pm on April 4, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Thanks. The only thing is, I am tired of taking pictures of myself. alot of them were and a few by others, but I guess i am a pretty good editor. There are so man ny. I restored old pics of my dad as a boy w/ his dad, and pictures of my mother and aunt in the 50's w/ these horrible plaid suits on and me as an ugly baby. I don't imagine I will put them up. I do have more. I need to scan them in.
Come out to the Mountaineer on Siunday, I am playing there!
At 5:45pm on March 27, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey Richy! Guess 3's a charm! Yea, a month ago I don't think I knew of you. Being home after years on the road, I went to a family function and sat next to my cousin, Lisa Naughton and her husband Dan (US Air), next I meet VInce Anthony here and then over Easter in Pgh. (aha us air) And both of them of course mention YOU! Now we meet. Well....long winded, but pretty cool huh? more soon, -janelle
At 12:44pm on March 27, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
Hey Richy,glad to see you here.
At 4:31am on March 23, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hello It's late. Nice to see this I was ready to jump off the bridge!
At 8:34pm on March 22, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Richie,

Great to see you here! How are you and what are you into these days?



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