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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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http://Jawan Harris
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Dr. Hariston, Dr. James Johnson, Dr. Calvin Stemley , Ms. Pamela Johnson, Dr. Nathan Davis and all my fellow musicians of the greater Pgh area including Howie Alexander.
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The Afro American Music Institute
About Me:
Peace, my name is Charles Lumpkins and I taught Saxophone and Flute at AAMI for eight years. Currently I reside in Ontario, Ca with my lovely wife Remelle and we are happy for Tommy and Kelly Lumpkins and there work on the Jawan Harris Project. Go to youtube Jawan Harris and the song Nobody written by Tommy Lumpkins and Harmony from London England. In four days this song has over 680,000 hits. still play all my instruments and my granddaughter, Naekisha Pick is playing tne local Honors Band on flute. Peace
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At 9:41am on October 1, 2015, stella kwale said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 10:03pm on March 26, 2013, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Charles check out the nice posting by Dr Harrison on a news paper piece on Tony Campbell!- kev


At 5:59am on November 22, 2010, Gansta Marcus gave charles Darnell Lumpkins a gift
What up, check out the page. add me if like
At 5:57pm on September 19, 2010, Dan Wasson said…
Thanks for kind words Charles and Remelle, glad to hear you guys are doing well. is nice to get a chance to hang with Kevin. take care
At 4:56pm on August 25, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Welcome to the network Charles.Now get Tommy on the network to share all of the wonderful things that he is doing.You and he can upload all that you all are doing out West.

At 3:25am on August 20, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
A `hands on` mentor for a lot of Harrisburg area performers and still a role model for I! We resided iat different times andreasonsn Pgh and ran into the same jazz folks. Look forward to hearing all your family offerings andtaking our culture futher.Nothing but LOVE! Now in the Pgh area enjoying my family and friends along wqith the AAMI ambpriud of your accomplishments!- your cous- kevin hurst- forever your student
At 2:19am on August 19, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I'm so glad you found us. You now have a very powerful page if you take full advantage of its capabilities. Browse freely and see what others are doing. Start with adding me as a friend and checking out my page. You can do whatever anyone else is doing plus, plus. There are over 250 apps you can add to your page with a simple drag & drop. Post some sounds, vids and photos so others will learn about you. Thanks for joining.



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