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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Dr. Bruce Marion's funeral expenses  - Let's thank Dr Bruce by bringing this campaign to fruition.

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 30, 2016 at 5:00am — 4 Comments


James Johnson III's photo.


The Afro-American-Music-Institute is having a TWO week MUSIC summer camp from June 28th through July 12th...9am to 3pm . All you have to pay is a registration fee of only $25 dollars for your child and that's it. If your kids already have summer plans then spread the…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 29, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

That time when I was singing on stage and my mom and sister's house was burning.....

Thankfully my entire family was out of town.... no humans were home. While we sadly lost 2 kitties and a pet hamster, my sister, her partner Oliver, my nephews and niece and their housemate were all off at Louie's cabin in Pymatuning. They found out their home was on fire over facebook. I found out when my mother called me while Vinsantos (director of the New Orleans Drag Workshop) was explaining that to…


Added by Phat Man Dee on May 25, 2016 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Marian McPartland: What’s It Like To Be a Woman in a Man’s Jazz World? It Has Problems - 1957

by Dom Cerulli — 9/1/1957

An Exclusive Online Extra

Marian McPartland threw back her head and laughed. “You have no idea how often I’ve been asked that,” she said. “And, actually, I don’t know how to answer it.”

The questions were: What are your comments on being a woman in a man’s world, the world of jazz? Are…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 5, 2016 at 3:50am — No Comments

Erroll Garner: The Natural

by Harvey Siders — 10/19/1967

An Exclusive Online Extra

Yes, Virginia, there are leprechauns. I know because I’ve been running into one lately in Los Angeles. It seems everywhere I go, he’s there, listening, burying himself in some dark corner, just “quietly finding out what’s happening.” He must be a leprechaun. He’s 5'2"…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 5, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

by Fred Logan

April 18, 2016

Amiri Baraka said somewhere that, among other things, calling jazz (and other black music) "American" music ignores who created it and the

immense debt,…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Who's Making $$$ on you music? Noy you!


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 28, 2016 at 1:34am — No Comments

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr On The Importance Of Jazz

On the Importance of Jazz…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2016 at 9:55pm — 4 Comments

Interview of Matty Shiner by Jim Pugh

This interview was sent to me by Kevin McManus, who edited it down I guess from a recording of the interview. I did another once over and here it is! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I don't know the exact year of the interview - suffice it to say it was in the last 10-15 years.…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 14, 2015 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

It's the year 2055, and the music industry has changed. No longer are the days where recording industry executives …


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 9, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Centennial celebration gives Pittsburgh-bred composer Strayhorn his due

1 / Composer Billy…

Added by Billy Strayhorn Memorial Page on November 8, 2015 at 10:28pm — No Comments

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

Archie Shepp, Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders and Wendy Oxenhorn to be honored

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

DARPA Wants to Make a Jazz-Playing Robot That Can Jam With Humans

by Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience

Jazz-playing computers and robots could soon yield clues about how to help people collaborate with machines, researchers say.

The new project, called MUSICA (short for Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), aims to develop a musical device that can improvise a jazz solo in response to human partners, just as real jazz musicians improvise alongside one another.

MUSICA is part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 5:49am — 8 Comments

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 — 2 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

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 16, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

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