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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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Carolyn Perteete, Sean Jones, Howie Alexander, James Johnson III, Nelson Harrison, Kenan Foley, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin
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WWOZ New Orleans and WNCU (I listen on-line). I also like the Rhythm Sweet and Hot show on WDUQ.
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My favorite venue used to be the Crawford Grill (early 90s). I think Pittsburgh needs more venues. Now I'd have to say AAMI, Ava and Little E's.
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I'm an award-winning video artist and digital media arts educator who's presently working on a public art/original ringtone creation project called Locally Toned.
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Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 12:58pm 0 Comments

I'll be sure to post any and all Pittsburgh Jazz Network tones here--these are Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones. Check them out on my WordPress blog,

Locally Toned. Thanks, Nelson, for your contribution to my

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AAMI Boys Choir Ringtones

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 12:46pm 0 Comments

Please check out the Afro-American Music Institute's Boys Choir Ringtones here. They are part of a public art/original ringtone creation project I'm doing. Many of the tones are "captured" as field recordings (as these were). The tones were produced and will be distributed for free. You can read more about my project in …


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At 1:42am 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 9:29pm on June 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thank you for your comments on the Crawford Grill group. Your experiences there are so important for people to know and will help keep her spirit alive until she can be resurrected. The singer you heard was Lovey Green who unfortunately died about 5 years ago. I have a picture of her from the stage at the Grill that I will be posting soon.
At 5:01am on May 28, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi T.Foley- Would you share some info about the Pgh Creativity Project and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU?

I wish these projects been happening when I was a voice major there (CMU) long ago!
Music majors weren't even allowed to do gigs back then...(threat of expulsion) I'm hoping that has changed.
Love CMU no matter what.
best to you,
Devorah Segall
At 7:47pm on May 16, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome to the PJN. We are very glad to have you. Please join the Crawford Grill discussion group and make some comments about your experiences there. Visit my page and you can hear some sounds from the Grill.
At 5:21pm on May 16, 2008, Dave Papale said…

Welcome to the network...

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