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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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Newport Jazz Festival: How it Began 7.22.2015 African American Classical Music

The wheels had been set in motion just six months earlier, on a wintry evening in 1953. I was tending to my usual business in Storyville at the Copley Square Hotel when Professor Donald Born of Boston University's English Department walked in. Professor Born was an ardent jazz fan. He visited the club often.

On this occasion, he was with a handsome redheaded women who had been auditing his lectures at BU. She was clothed in stylish New England attire, a pair of horn-rimmed…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 2, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

9 Exposure Photography Competition At the Louvre


See Me


9 Exposure Photography Competition

At the Louvre


One of my images will be included in the digital display at the SeeMe exclusive pro-member reception at the Louvrethis coming July 13th 2015…


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Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit - February - 2015

Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit


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Jazz Trends

Suburban Jazz Club Attracts Star Lineups

John Richmond on stage at the Turning…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 23, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Howard McGhee Talks Fats Navarro

An incredibly interesting, 14 part interview with Howard McGhee discussing and reminiscing about Fats Navarro has just been posted (6/14/2015). The interview(s) was conducted in 1977-78.  What a remarkable piece of jazz information and history!

Added by Melissa Jones on July 14, 2015 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Phat Man Dee got outta than y'all! 2 weeks! 6 cities, 4 countries, a month to go!

I have been going at it hard, friends! I have seen some truly amazing things, met some incredible musicians, crossed some phenomenal bridges, big small, old, new.... sung with some delightful people and made some wonderful new friends and fans! It  has been a very difficult and emotionally wrought journey, but…

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HARAMBEE UHIMA Black Arts & Culture Festival


Black Arts & Culture Festival

On Kelly Street |…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 13, 2015 at 6:24pm — No Comments

¨Digital Series ( ,2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨III

At the Window ( Difference II Overlay Tinta Inv.Polar I Destello)…


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Pops is Tops!

Louis Armstrong was born August 4, 1901. At the onset of his upcoming 114th birth anniversary, reflection on his magnitude and impact on jazz can't be overemphasized.

Louis left New Orleans after his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, had summoned him north. Oliver's band, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, had established itself on the south side of Chicago. This band, along with Louis' role as second cornet, is the historic example displaying all elements of what jazz was and what jazz was to…


Added by Melissa Jones on June 30, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Slick Rick Tracklist

"The Wrap-Up Magazine" Rumors has been going around that the Lima, Ohio rap artist Gansta Marcus has plans on releasing a new album. Well we have the tracklist and purchase links to…

Added by Gansta Marcus on June 30, 2015 at 1:39am — No Comments

Pay the Band - An Open Letter to Apple from Taylor Swift

To Apple, Love Taylor

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 23, 2015 at 3:12am — 1 Comment

Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration kicks off a big week of music at Heinz Hall

Ramsey Lewis Productions
Ramsey Lewis

Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration

When: 8…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 17, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

AAMI Boys Choir Home Coming Alumni Concert “A Tribute to Fathers”

Afro American Music Institute Presents…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 16, 2015 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Ornette Lives!

A week long memorial broadcast is currently being aired on the life and music of Ornette Coleman.

Aside from Ornette's music, there will be additional insight into his musical legacy through presentations by Phil Schaap, jazz historian and educator.  Listed below is his schedule.  The presentations provide an educational narrative which allow for a deeper understanding and appreciation of Ornette's music. Schaap's presentations are of interest to both those uninitiated with Ornette's…


Added by Melissa Jones on June 13, 2015 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

Tony Adamo Mike Clark Richie Goods

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Tony Adamo & The New York Crew Diggin' The Spins

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Free Mp3/"Listen Here Listen Up" by Tony Adamo And The New York Crew/Lyrics By Tony Adamo

Tony Adamo & The New York Crew/Music Produced By Mike Clark/FOUR & ONE HALF STARS/ALLABOUTJAZZ

Nu jazz vocal/hip spoken word/lyrics by Tony Adamo. Mike Clark: drums; Tim Ouimette: trumpet; Micheal Wolff: piano; Richie Goods: bass; Bill Summers: percussion; Donald Harrison: alto sax.…


Added by Frank Black on June 13, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

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