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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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All Blog Posts Tagged 'music' (153)

ADAM WADE revisits his alma mater Westinghouse High School for Billy Strayhorn Centennial concert on October 17, 2015


Adam Wade (Born Patrick Henry Wade) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He achieved renown as an American singer, drummer, television, movie and stage actor and director. He is noted for his stint as the host of the 1975…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

45th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar & Concert

Jazz Seminar and Concert

A talented group of international jazz musicians will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the 45th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

Entertainment Industry Law Issues


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 21, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Erroll Garner’s ‘Concert by the Sea’ Gets a New Sound


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 20, 2015 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Jazz Ain’t What It Used To Be: It’s... Something Else

Aug 28, 2015

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ROBO-BOP???? What do you think?

Robo-bop? Jazz-playing robots might one day headline a club near you

A Darpa grant given to Kelland Thomas of the University of Arizona will fund the creation of musical machines that learn to improvise like jazz musicians…

Miles Davis and JJ Johnson record in studio

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 24, 2015 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

What You Will Find When You Search For Your Music Online

Indie Artist Insider, Indie Artists, SongCast University

Many of you have already answered the question “how do I get my music on…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 10, 2015 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit - February - 2015

Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

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

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

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

To Tug Hearts, Music First Must Tickle the Neurons - New York Times, Published: April 18, 2011

Milton Glaser - Science


The other day, Paul Simon was rehearsing a favorite song: his own “Darling Lorraine,” about a love that starts hot but turns very cold. He found himself thinking about a three-note rhythmic pattern near the end, where Lorraine (spoiler alert) gets sick and dies.…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 28, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

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TURN UP THE HEAT - BNY Mellon presents Michele Bensen & the Bensen Burners

Turn Up the Heat!

ACFL&MH Acquires Rare Collection of

Lincoln Photographs



Michele Bensen & the Bensen Burners

Saturday January 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Michele Bensen returns to Carnegie Carnegie Hall bringing

a little sizzle to ease the bleak mid-winter doldrums.

Football is anathema to arts…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 22, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Max Roach remembere

This letter was rejected by the local mainstream print media.


To the Editor:


( “Obituary: Max Roach/Innovative jazz drummer” Friday, August 17, 2007). Max Roach loved Pittsburgh. It was one of his favorite jazz towns. That’s what he told his fans who came out to  a…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 4:10am — 3 Comments

#HHR #Rhymth & #Poetry #Mixtape

Hip-Hop is back with a new mixtape titled "#HHR Rhythm & Poetry". #HHR has been…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 12, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

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