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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 12:36am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 7:52pm on January 23, 2009, Matt Ferrante said…
Sala - Thanks for coming to the Culture Jam at The Ellis School today! Your remarks were certainly aprrecaiated by those in attendance.
At 2:58am on August 6, 2008, Kevin Amos said…
Welcome Sala!!
At 3:06am on July 26, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
RE: Jazz Calendar

There are so many events that occur in the community often on very short notice. Some of our members send out extensive emails to their fan base but still have not taken advantage of posting their event under "Events" on this network which will reach 400+ people so far. This network is designed to be a central clearing house for such information wherein every member is a point person that can post any announcement or comment at any time they choose. This is a member maintained community bulletin board plus, plus, plus, plus... if you can dig it. I will post anything that is emailed to me but no member needs to go through me when they can do it in a few minutes themselves. I have come to realize that many, irrespective of age and education, are not cyber savvy (nor was I not too long ago). The beauty of this network is that the technology has made quantum leaps forward to the point that anyone who can real is only a few clicks from being able to do anything their page can do. There is no technological savvy required.

Some members seem to be afraid to explore, but I encourage it because there is absolutely nothing you can do to hurt the network or your own page. Members can load a profile picture in 3 clicks of a mouse yet many have not done so. You don't even have to post your own picture of even use your own name if you want to remain obscure as some have done if you look at other members' pages. You can add as many friends as you like and I can't imagine why anyone would turn down a friend request, yet there are members who only have 1 or 2 friends. What's so cool is that if you don't know what to do, just look at what some other members are doing and realize that your page has every bit the same capabilities if you use them. You can even write to another member and ask them how they did what they did. Everyone can post their own calendar. It's just another gadget you can drag and drop on your page just like you can do with the music download capability or the merchant store... and it's all FREE.
so why not take advantage of it. I have talked to prospective members who don't believe it's free so they don't even try to join. Some of these same persons are paying someone else real dollars to build them a web page. This network is on Web 2.0 Web pages are on Web 1.0 (www) and of the hundreds of millions of them on the www, very few are getting any traffic.

I payed $9000 for a web page in 1998 and now I have 15 of them and they don't cost me a penny. There is a famous musical friend of ours who believes that jazz needs to be played on AM radio again. He refuses to accept that those day are long gone and the technology has moved light years ahead and will not go backwards.

All I can say is "try it, you'll like it." I stand ready to help any member get the full benefit of this community.

At 7:09am on March 13, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Welcome to the PJN. It's great to have you here.You have a good idea about a calendar. WDUQ usually posts gigs on their site if musicians send them the info.Once again it's nice to have you here.
At 11:42pm on March 7, 2008, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
Hey Sala,...I trust all is well. The last time I saw you was at City Hall, few years ago. It appears, due to this network, we are not as far away, actually, jusy a click digg...peace my brotha'....
At 10:40am on February 29, 2008, Sala Udin said…
Would it be possible to add a Jazz Calender so that all the members could post where they are playing? I know someone would have to keep it updated, but it seems that it could be a useful tool; unless that already exists.
At 12:48am on February 29, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Bro. Sala,

Thank you for your continued support and presence on the jazz scene.

At 1:42pm on February 25, 2008, Stephan Broadus said…
Welcome to the Jazz Network my brother!

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