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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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I'm a local Steel-city diva!! :)
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Several.... beginning with a few of the original Pittsburgh greats Kenny Peagler, Jevon Rushton, Tony Campbell, Howie Alexander, Dennis Garner, Sean Jones, Quinton Zigler, Christina Accosta, Dwayne Fulton, Sandra Dowe, Etta Cox, Dave Pruitt, David Pressau!!!, Nelson Harrison, and the list goes on...
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fm 90.5 or am 860
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Monday Nights@AVA with Howie Alexander :)
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I was raised in my local church choir singing solo's @ the early age of 3. I played the cello before I took singing seriously though, and I believe that developed my ear early in life... I graduated from the Rogers Middle school for the creative and performing arts as a vocal major, then graduated from the Pittsburgh high school for the creative and performing arts as a musical theatre major :) I am an active member @ Mount Ararat Baptist Church, and I am in the Worship Generation Choir, the Majestic Praise Choir, and the Praise and Worship team. I will finish my college education as a music education major at Geneva College this fall of 2009. (And my goal is to graduate in 2011..) If you would like to know anything else just ask.
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At 7:00pm on April 16, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Lisa,
Thank you for joining!
Feel free to check out my New SPRING Album!
Peace, Luiz
At 6:24am on April 15, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Lisa Marie,

It was awesome hearing you sing and playing with you last night. It's so nice that we can hang out and participate in a relaxed atmosphere like Ava every week. Now please invite your fan club to join and count me as a new member. Please add me as a friend.



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