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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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All Blog Posts Tagged 'pittsburgh' (159)

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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Presidential Medal of Freedom for Billy Strayhorn Centennial

Award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of jazz composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn.

In honor of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, we his heirs along with a host of professional musicians, entertainment insiders, educators, and the general public seek a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his contribution as a great American composer, his involvement in social justice (worked with Martin Luther King Jr.) and his…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 3, 2015 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta (Pt. 1)

 POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2010 BY THE INDEPENDENT EAR Guitarist-educator, and now author, Pascal (Bokar) Thiam aims to broaden the historical timeline of blues and jazz well beyond the romantic notion of ‘up the Mississippi from New Orleans…’ Though I had the pleasure of spinning Pascal’s in-performance ’07 CD Savannah Jazz Club on radio, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him until about two months ago at the first in a series of book signing & reading events for African Rhythms: the…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 5, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Pioneers of African American Entertainment in Pittsburgh

Pioneers of African American Entertainment in Pittsburgh

Prepared by Dr. Theodora D. Cotton *

We are indebted to Frank E. Bolden who graciously granted an interview on a Sunday evening for this information. Mr. Bolden, who is an authority on African American history in Western Pennsylvania, is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical commission and the History and Landmarks Foundation. Born and educated in Western…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 1, 2015 at 8:14am — 4 Comments

Partial listing of members of the East Liberty Wall of Fame.

East Liberty's Wall of Fame Monday, May 07, 2001 Here are some notable people from "Greater East Liberty" whose photos are part of the East Liberty Gallery of Stars collection at the East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce. (The full list is on the East Liberty branch library Web site: 1. George S. Kaufman (1889-1961) -- One of the most successful Broadway playwright-directors of the 20th century.…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 6, 2015 at 9:06pm — 2 Comments

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

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