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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 4:00am on April 28, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
I enjoy listening and sitting in with whoever is playing with Jessica Lee, and the atmosphere is intimate- kevin hurst
At 11:40pm on April 11, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison gave Little E's Jazz Club a gift
At 8:37pm on April 28, 2009, Eric Spaulding said…
Hey George, I'm looking forward to playing your club this Friday with Jimmy Adler. Take care!
At 11:51pm on December 16, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi George! I really enjoyed playing at Little E's last Saturday. Thanks for making it so comfortable! Have a very Happy Holiday!
At 9:04pm on November 10, 2008, Benny Benack III said…
Hey George, I'd love to see one of the schedules you guys have of all the people commin in to play. I gotta finish some of my homework early one of these days so I can come see the place and hear some great music!
At 6:35pm on November 8, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Nice meeting you last night George; thank you for your gracious hospitality!
At 8:58pm on October 16, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks for joining !
Be blessed!
At 5:33pm on October 16, 2008, Vince Gorman said…
Hey George! Thanks for having us the other night. we had a blast! We look forward to playing there again either with Donna or as the regular quartet. Thanks alot! Best of luck to you!
At 4:39am on October 16, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome George,

We cannot thank you enough for joining as a venue that presents live jazz. This is a very significant step forward for our community and we will be urging the membership to support you big time on this network. Please post your schedule of performances here and any photos and videos of performances so others can see the wonderful place you have opened and support your efforts. I look forward to meeting you and performing there soon.
Little E's is much needed and we will continue to thank you with our support. As soon as you post a profile picture, I will feature your page.



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