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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

We are approaching 1300 members and at our present rate of growth we will reach 2000 members by year end. We thank each of you for joining and giving this network a chance to demonstrate the collective and individual power of social networking for the benefit of the artistic community and its fans and consumers. Many of you have not ventured to explore the capabilities at your fingertips for various reasons and we encourage you to become more actively involved. It cannot hurt and can only increase the benefit to you as the more active members are discovering. As network host I must pay attention to bandwidth availability as we grow and I have been searching for ways to continue to provide free bandwidth for all members and will continue to do so as long as I don't have to subsidize the network from my own funds. For those members who do not visit your page or use it for months at a time, we may have to consider discontinuing your membership which is using up bandwidth that the more active members will soon need. I will give you fair warning if this option seems imminent. We have every intention of continuing to grow this network and add to it's capabilities at no out of pocket cost to any member. We can purchase additional bandwidth for a monthly fee and move the network up to premium level which we predict will be necessary when we reach 2000 members. We have just added an application that can help fund the expansion of the network with no charge to anyone. It only takes a few seconds of activity on your part as a member. Your response to this activity will determine the future of this network in terms of us have greater worldwide impact which empowers every member. Here's what to do:
On the right hand column of your page is a section called "Links." Directly under that heading is an advertisement that rotates as to its content each time you open a page. If you simply "click" on that advertisement and open the page, the network will make $.01 cents per click. You don't have to sign up for anything and you can simply close the ad page right after it opens if you are not interested in reading further. It only takes a second and you remembering to do it. I believe together we will be able to fund our expansion going forward without any outside help or cost to any member. We want you to continue to have free and unlimited bandwidth on this network for your needs. Please give it a try. Thanks.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 13, 2009 at 6:36pm
Thank you for clicking. It's working. We've made almost $3.00 so far. I've learned that it doesn't register unless you actually click on the add when it opens up. Just clicking to open the ad registers as an impression but it doesn't generate any revenue. You have to actually click on the add BUT you don't have to follow through and sign up for anything. We have had almost 1000 impressions which means that you are responding. It only takes a few more seconds to click on the ad itself. Your cooperation is encouraging and I am confident that we will continue to grow with no cost EVER to the members.
Comment by Ladyjd721 on June 11, 2009 at 10:03pm
Thanks so much..............................pushing buttons and will try to be here more.
Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on June 11, 2009 at 2:32am
Thanks for the head's up Nelson. I pushed the button. =)

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