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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 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

Jul 28, 2014


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 29, 2014 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Austin Jazz Society Creates Butch Miles ~ Fundraiser Campaign

Butch was diagnosed the first week of March…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 28, 2014 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Exit Interview: Sean Jones

The renowned jazz trumpeter wants Pittsburgh to know, even though he's leaving for a job in Boston, Pittsburgh is still his home

By Zach Brendza @zachbrendza SEAN JONES. 7 p.m. Sat., July 26. Riverview Park, Perry North. Free. 412-255-2493 Related Events Staff Pick Sean Jones @ Riverview Park Sat., July 26, 7 p.m.

Renowned jazz trumpeter Sean Jones came to Pittsburgh in 2004, as an artist in residence at Duquesne University. In his 10 years…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 25, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Ralph Lalama @ Savoy with the Roger Humphries Trio on 7/21/14

Hi Jazz fans,

Just wanted to do a little extra to make sure that all of you are aware of how special this Monday night at Savoy (7/21/14) is going to be!  Pittsburgh area native, Ralph Lalama will be in town that night to do a special show with Roger Humphries and his trio.  Also, scheduled to sit in for a set with Mr. Lalama is one of the prodigies from Elevations, George Heid lll.  Ralph is well known in historic jazz circles and has played with many legends.  Also, Ralph…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on July 18, 2014 at 12:53am — No Comments

Bellhop notes William Penn's history and grandeur

\July 6, 2014 12:00 AM…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 6, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Bobby Womack, Singer With Brave 2nd Act, Dies

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 9:02 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 27, 2014 11:55 PM EDT…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 29, 2014 at 1:01am — 1 Comment

Mary Wilson talks possible Supremes reunion

Jun 22, 2014


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 24, 2014 at 1:36am — 1 Comment

The Headhunters are coming! Mike Clark Bill Summers Tony Adamo

Brent Black

Bop-N-Jazz Productions/http://www.criticaljazz.c...

The Headhunters are coming! The legendary ensemble that redefined funk are finishing work on a new release. Co-leaders Mike Clark & Bill Summers are back! Clark the iconic drummer and architect of the East Bay Funk sound along with esteemed world music guru Bill Summers are adding some new talent to the mix including Nu-jazz vocal visionary Tony…


Added by Frank Black on June 22, 2014 at 11:55pm — No Comments

David Amram Is Still Grooving to His Own Beat

        April 22, 2014…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 19, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Springtime in Pittsburgh means Jazz, Dance, Video and Phat Man Dee!

Wow.... it's like Bill Peduto got elected to mayor of Pittsburgh, and I've just been sent into this delirious, in between state, of joy and am just now waking up to find that we're all actually living the dream! Ok, maybe it's not like that at all, in reality I've been studying hard at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and working my video internship at Mr Smalls, which has also involved weekly vocal coaching for some young people which has been thoroughly enjoyable,…


Added by Phat Man Dee on March 27, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

‘Little Jimmy Scott,’ jazzman with ethereal voice, dies

Jun 15, 2014


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 16, 2014 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Jazz on the Water: Humphries boat ride raises thousands for scholaships

Jun 13, 2014

By Genea L. Webb  

Scholarship winners with Roger Humphries, center, are Sam Harris, left, who won the scholarship two years ago, and Eli Naragon right, who received a scholarship this year. Naragon graduated from Winchester Thurston High School and…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 16, 2014 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Chelsea Davis Ft TY And Nieman Marcus - Voices

+Chelsea Davis releases new music featuring…

Added by Gansta Marcus on June 13, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments


June 20-22, Jazzlive, a free venue will be performing in downtown Pgh in the Cultural district. This annual event is packed with great entertainment. Check out the Pgh Cultural District website for  performance times and sites. It's a wonderful time to spend with friends, family or just soloing. If you attend, have a wonderful time.

Added by Roberta Jean Windle on June 14, 2014 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Pgh Complaint Choir, Summer Phun w/ Phat Man Dee, Korel sightings & more!

Hey! Bon jour! Guten tak! Shalom! Hola mi amigos!

I have so many things happening simultaneously I don't always get the word out in the timely fashion I would care too. If you want to know where/when I will be singing, please follow me on twitter or facebook or check my calendar online, I hit those up with far more frequency than I do…


Added by Phat Man Dee on June 6, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Enjoy a Jazz Gem from Joe Negri and Billy Conn

Pittsburgh Music History

 A Jazz Gem from Joe Negri and Danny Conn…


Added by Paul Carosi on June 6, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

BBC Calls the Jaggerz new Blue Eyed Soul CD The Walk "Brilliant"

Pittsburgh Music History

BBC Hails The Jaggerz new CD "Brilliant"…


Added by Paul Carosi on June 6, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Trumpeter (Sean) Jones departs Duquesne, but his heart will remain

About Bob Karlovits
Bob Karlovits 412-320-7852

Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 27, 2014 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Otis Williams talks about legendary Temptations

New Pittsburgh Courier


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 26, 2014 at 11:51pm — No Comments

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