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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 12:36pm on August 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Please check your PBS listings. The documentary is being shown in all 50 states.
At 4:37am on March 28, 2009, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Thanks Mrs. Davis, I didn;t think anyone read my writtings. Its just another create thing ,you know? Anyway thanks :)
At 6:20pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Shirley,
Check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz
At 4:15am on September 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I'm pretty sure she dies a number of years ago. J.C. died in 1977. I'll put some info on this network about her pretty soon.
At 3:37pm on September 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Shirley,

I see you are from the real old school of our jazz tradition. It's so important to have you as a member and I thank you for joining. We must inform the young people of the great roots of our tradition and comments from living witnesses like you are of inestimable value. Please be active in voicing your opinion and comments on the pictures articles and videos on this network.




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