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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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born and raised
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can't start this list because i won't be able to stop!
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CJs, Ava/Shadow Lounge
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musician, music librarian, music researcher. excited to be here and humbled to be a tiny part of this amazing thing called jazz in Pittsburgh

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At 1:29am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 2:49am on January 2, 2009, Elva Branson-Lee said…
Carlos, I can't believe you remember that record! I love you. Glad to see you are still making music.
At 6:09pm on May 16, 2008, Justin Brown said…
love and love playing with you. thanks for being static. Lets get it on.

At 2:00am on April 24, 2008, Rhadha Sewell said…
IT is wonderful. I love youuuuuu!
At 1:34am on April 20, 2008, poogie bell said…
hit me with a e-mail here so we can hook up
At 9:52pm on April 17, 2008, Rhadha Sewell said…
Im definatley in pittsburgh, I work downtown pittsburgh in the regional enterprise tower, aka alcoa blding. I run in to Mr. Harrison down here alot lately. I live in lawrenceville I understand after talking to Mr. Harrison that you work at the library in pittsburgh, oakland, is that right? You can email me anytime @ or call my cell phone 412-758-1830. Im usually free wed, friday evenings, sat and sun . I love that you can help me, I cant wait to get that CD. I want the cd because I can up load my fathers song Tommy's Blues on this site. I cant wait. Thanks soo much. I look forward to meeting you. :-)
At 8:07pm on April 17, 2008, Rhadha Sewell said…
can you add me as a friend. I dont know how yet on this site. Im new to all this im just learning how to change the colors and themes. lol I would definetly like you to be a friend. Thanks :-)
At 7:58pm on April 17, 2008, Rhadha Sewell said…
OH YES!! I have been trying to order that album on line with tower.records com Everytime I ordered the cd my payment would first go thru and then next thing it would be rejected or failed. I really appreciate that ohhh my.. I am so touched. I would love to meet you. Let me know what we can do! Awesome!
At 7:11am on April 17, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Congratulations Carlos,

You did it. You are a librarian so I don't need to tell you how to browse around and take full advantage of the possibilities and capabilities of this network. Enjoy!!!

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