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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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International recording artist, living in Europe for the past
11 yrs., and absorbing all the love around the world, and giving it as well. Kay Foster Jackson is the New Voice,
The New Spirit, coming on the scene., she has performed before thousands with much grace, and has been loved where ever she goes. Kay says...."coming from a musical
family I really had no choice, but to father Melvin Jackson Saxaphonist for the legendary B.B. King, and my mother Mary Ann Jackson a jazz singer as well, it was as
they say (it's in there) Kay Foster Jackson has been one of the most saught after vocal coaches in Italy, and also directed a Gospel choir (italian) for 6 yrs. For me life is
wonderful, because God made it that way.......Alway's look for the good even in a not so great moment.....and you'll find joy.......Kay has alway's liked being an entrepreneur so you can also visit her in her world at: you only get one body, love it and it will love you back......
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At 10:12pm on July 18, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Please checkout my page!!!!...I would love to hear more about "your" business!!!!...If I am not your friend...please add me as your friend...also please feel free to contact me "anytime"!!!!!.....757 538 0821....757 971 3733...Jerry Butler 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...757 538 0821 for on the banner below to be a guest...Jerry Butler

At 4:43pm on October 30, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Kay,
Thanks for joining!
Be blessed!
At 5:05am on October 26, 2008, Kathleen Gorman said…
Hi Kay,
What a pleasure to hear you in here! Your stunning version of "Summertime"
is so moving, and such powerful vocals! Very inspiring sound. Where in Italy do you work, I am so in love with Italy. I hope to hear more of your music, and will check out your sites. Wishing you continued success, joy and creativity.
At 3:57pm on October 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Kay,

We are delighted to have you as a member and look forward to enjoying your art as you share it on your page. Your resume is fascinating and we have much to share with you as well. Looking forward to a growing friendship in music.

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