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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



       In Her Own Words
Evening all,

I sent out a survey titled ,”A question” For those that did not receive it, I asked if anyone would be interested in a; outdoor, two day, cultural exhibit for visual ,musical and literary artists.
We have received word that The Connellsville Cultural trust (1) sat a date for June 26th - 27th 2010/ 12-5pm
The exhibit’s intent is to expose the public to the culture ,and talents of this region . Along with the artist exhibit, the sponsors (The Connellsville Cultural trust) will be holding youth art class.

The location would be at the Connellsville River Park (2) , Connellsville Pa 15425.
The Park has pavilion space for twenty displays, a stage/ patio with power, a refreshment stand, public bathrooms, a beach , benches and free parking. The Park is part of the “Yough River trail”(3) , making it a unique exhibit. The Connellsville Historical society will hold the annual Braddocks’ crossing reenactment (4) on the same days.

The information I’ve received is that its 25 dollars to rent a space” for those who want to sell their wares“, or submit art work donation for auction., benefiting the Connellsville Cultural Trust.

For more information on reserving one of the limited number of spaces or interested musical acts please send request via email address to :

Michael Edwards
Connellsville Cultural Trust

For those who would like to support the exhibit byway of donations through art, and sponsorships , please contact Michael Edwards with your interest. All support is welcome.

If you are uninterested or are unable to attend such a event, please send reply to this letter.

Thank you.

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