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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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       In Her Own Words
Pgh has such a rich jazz supporting heritage.I hope it doesn't become a thing of the past.
When I've been back to visit and to sing it has been so disheartening to see fewer and fewer venues still hanging in there.
There are so many really wonderful musicians there ( of course I include singers in that category).
They need the support of each other and of the Pgh audiences and potential employers.
The city needs the positive energy that is created from showing that support.

Music - jazz has the power to connect us to each other lift us up and to transcend the so-called differences that separate us...age, race, ethnicity, gender, politics, religion . . . all of it!
I hope there is a resurgence of supporting live jazz in Pgh in a big way.
It makes a difference.
Make music!!!
PS this blog has more than one page..please continue to next page to read all entries and add yours

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Comment by Jeff Rosenthal on February 18, 2008 at 8:51pm
Like in all major and small cities, jazz clubs are an institution that compete for your business with chain restaurants sprawling in suburban strip malls, karaoke as entertainment, 200+ channels of high definition tv at home, netflix, internet, Starbucks, drink taxes, drunk driving laws, crime in the city, YouTube, longtime fans getting older and dying, moving to Florida, or newer fans getting married and raising small children in the suburbs where they don't get out as much, the battle of smokers vs. non smokers, parking, getting a table and the demand for good food and service. In spite of that, live jazz can still thrive in big venues such as Heinz Hall to intimate local restaurants and cafes after dinner. It takes a good offering to complement the music as well as a music fan running the place who really wants to put jazz under their roof.
Comment by Bill Hillgrove on February 18, 2008 at 8:04pm
Thanks, Leo. Whatever it takes.
Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on February 18, 2008 at 6:28pm
We can make it great again with a little love,

God bless,

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 18, 2008 at 3:42am
Thank you for this post. I hope this network helps to build a larger audience so that more venues will begin to feature jazz again.

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