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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



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At 10:32pm on July 6, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thanks for adding your sounds to your page. You can edit your playlist so that it plays automatically when someone visits your page and also to select the tracks at random. Sounds real fine !!!
At 9:18am on May 15, 2008, Paul J. Bannerman said…
I am in my 12th week of 13 in Amsterdam. Off to Berlin for 6 weeks in June. Coming to Europe anytime soon?
At 10:45pm on May 14, 2008, Paul J. Bannerman said…
Hi Jessica,

I hope you are well. When will I get to drum for you.
Missing you. Paul
At 2:12am on April 27, 2008, Miles said…
Please join us at
At 3:26am on April 5, 2008, Adam Brock said…
hey Jessica,
hope all is well with you! tell roy i say hello...hopefully we can cross paths soon! let me know if anything is coming up!
At 2:48pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
At 5:51am on March 27, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Great running into you today. I'll have to conjure you more often.;-)

The concert went very well. Wish you could have been there.

Please post a comment after you listen to the Crawford Grill sounds.
At 2:43am on March 27, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey hey, Just getting up again with a computer--what a lonnng cold winter. Lots to share. Hope you're good. Talk more soon, -janelle
At 3:20am on March 26, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
So what is new and exciting these days in the fabulous world of Jessica? Long time, no talk.... please do brighten one of my days soon with your presence! Much love to you, Roy and Joan....
At 8:49pm on March 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

So great to play with you twice in one week and hang out with fellow musicians is the best. The dream WILL come true

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