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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 5:39pm on January 15, 2011, Annie Cosmides said…
Thank you for contacting me from Germany! I hope you are doing well there and have a great New Year!  Annie
At 8:00am on January 2, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Schrubbel,

Wishing you wings to fly, the vision to dream wildly, The Heart to love deeply and the spirit to embrace all beauty in life..may you have a prosperous New Year with endless good health, wealth and happiness in 2010. Peace and blessings profound!

You really know how to dress up a page.
At 3:09pm on December 7, 2009, Schrubbel said…
At 9:53am on October 28, 2009, Gina Moryson said…
Hi Jürgen, danke der Nachfrage,

habe endlich die Maileinstellungen gefunden, hatte 28 Nachrichten von Dr. Nelson auf einen Schlag bekommen, das war mir doch etwas zu viel, weiss schon garnicht mehr in wievielen Netzwerken ich jetzt vertreten bin, gut das die alle gleich aufgebaut sind, sonst würde ich mich garnicht mehr zurechtfinden, mit dem Englisch (für die Seitenbeschrifung / Menue) habe ich immer noch Probleme, ok Jürgen, dir einen schönen Tag...Woche.., kussi Gina
At 9:36am on October 27, 2009, Gina Moryson said…
Danke lieber Jürgen, back von mir und dicken Kussi , Gina
At 3:20am on October 24, 2009, CocoLatina said…
At 11:30pm on October 23, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Hello. Please to meet you.
At 10:52pm on October 22, 2009, Jess Sides said…
Hey thanks for the add!!! I have a spiritual connection to Germany, but I haven't figured it out yet. Can't wait to visit someday!
At 5:42pm on October 22, 2009, Crystal Robinson-Burkes said…
Hi ! Thank you very much for adding me!
At 4:23pm on October 22, 2009, Barb James said…
Thank you very much and greetings to you from Pittsburgh, PA!



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