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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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At 2:16am on April 17, 2009, Adam Henderson said…
Bob from DUQ pointed me in this direction. Definitely seems cool. Hopin to find the right people and move out with this project!
At 7:48pm on April 16, 2009, Eric Johnson said…
Thanks for creating such a great network. I've never even did a Myspace, but this network has changed my mind about the social websites. We need to talk soon
Peace EJ
At 4:23pm on April 15, 2009, Omole Sam said…
i want to learn as much as i can from you sir.i dont know how possible that would be.i saw your pix and was impressed,almost all i ever dreamt of acheiving, you have acheived. i'm fufilled crossing your path.God bless you for making me happy.Pls dont ever stop playing,coz i'm gonna meet you soon.
At 3:11pm on April 15, 2009, Omole Sam said…
i'm planning a mini concert in about two months time titled "night of brass" its gonna feature me and my orchestral and friends.
At 3:07pm on April 15, 2009, Omole Sam said…
Sir, nice meeting you.are you a Nigerian? or have ever been to nigeria?coz i would'nt mind gettin all i could from you. i have playing jazz for thirteen years now but still dont feel the groove as i want. bcos when your line becomes too fast or groovy then pple dont understand you anymore. i have done trp exam up to grade 8 and i still play very well. i teach music now but i really want to be on the stage as a performer. talk to you soon.
At 12:47am on April 15, 2009, tim max said…
hello are you ok ? nelson please do you have the imail , from carlos franzeti ?, he is a maestro and pianista , could you get this to me please, thanks a hugs
At 3:43pm on April 13, 2009, Phat Man Dee said…
Nelson, I don't know where we as a community would be without your tireless work. I went to a meeting the other day of photographers who were just now trying to understand the importance of networking, community and social media, maybe it is because our chosen media (jazz) is communal in nature, but watching them try to get it get to together, I explained how important this ning is to our community, and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you, thank you. I really hate to think where our music and our community would not and could not be if you weren't so insistent we all join this and just be in community together.
At 7:34am on April 13, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
To be honest with you I don't know how to do that. I will get my son or him to figure it out. That would actually be great as I feel naked without music here on my profile when everyone else does. I will have them put it together.
At 6:27am on April 13, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
Love your sound! Thank you for your comments on my photo's. There is a lot of jazz in the neighborhood. I live just around the corner and my guy has been a professional musician for over 40 years so he does know how to stir up the neighborhood. Have a great Easter weekend with friends and family.
At 7:02pm on April 12, 2009, janice lee said…
Hi Nelson,
Stopped in to listen to the great music you have here. Stay blessed brother.
At 5:46pm on April 12, 2009, Kent Bey said…
Greetings... I am establishing a live Jazz Night on a Wednesday between 7pm to 10pm at a very nice, clean, and classy venue in the East Liberty area. The evening will feature local Pittsburgh musicians like Tony Campbell and many others performing for a very appreciative audience of jazz lovers.

I am a Pittsburgh native and local youth arts advocate attempting to expose young up and coming artists to the heart and soul of pure Pittsburgh music culture and traditions as they meet and learn from some of the local Music Masters. If you are interested in hosting a Wednesday night once a month or every other month I would be humbled and honored to make this happen.


Kent Bey

At 1:05am on April 9, 2009, Ms Taylor P Collins said…
Nelson thank you so much for the warm welcome..just added some music and a couple of videos..please let me know what you think and thanks again!!

At 9:13pm on April 8, 2009, Jesse Jones Jr. said…
Hello my friend,
Thanks for the compliment. Will be loading some sounds from my first CD. Stay tuned for my next CD being released the 1st of May. keep swinging my man.

Talk to you soon,
At 8:43pm on March 31, 2009, Ronnie said…
Me Too! you have a nice site. Everyone is here. Keep up the good work.
At 2:28pm on March 31, 2009, PaulSlimick said…
Alright nelson I look forward to hearing some good music and meeting some new people
At 11:40pm on March 30, 2009, David Powell said…
Would love to visit.
I'll see what the summer looks like
At 6:43pm on March 30, 2009, martin thomas said…
Busy tonight, Nelson, but sunday night looks good for videoing.
At 6:30am on March 30, 2009, PaulSlimick said…
Thank you so much for the info. I wish I could make it out tomorrow night but I already have plans. I will defiantly make it out to the Hazelet Theater, what time is it running from. Thanks again

At 6:23pm on March 29, 2009, Billy Hill (Rashied) said…
Thanks for this site. Glad that someone is using this technology to keep the music and the tradition alive and most important, flourishing.
At 3:41pm on March 29, 2009, PaulSlimick said…
Art Blakey came from pittsburgh?? wow I never knew that but this is a great website. I checked out the event board and saw the listings. Im a drummer that is looking for open stage nights to get a chance to play with new musicians around the area. Will they post those on a regular basis.

Thanks Paul

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