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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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Pittsburgh Connection
Born here, studying and playing bass here.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Ray Brown, Ben Opie, Paul Thompson, Roger Humphries, Dave Throckmorton, James Johnson III, Howie Alexander, Jeff Mangone, Ken Karsh, Bill Purse, Nelson Harrison, Nathan Davis, Dave Pellow, Ron Fedola, Coler Harper, Justin Behcak, Mark Ignatius, Grant Bobitski, Alex Peck, Nathan Peck, Poogie Bell, Tony Depaolis, Jakob Yeoffe, Kevin Barefoot, ...
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AVA, The Crawford Grill, Mitchell's Tavern in N. Oakland, Club Cafe, Manchester Craftmans Guild, The Thunderbird
About Me:
Working in the music industry for 18 years has given me an insight into orchestration and voice leading. With a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Pittsburgh, together we will revolutionize the music industry globally, right here through Pittsburgh.

Classically trained by Jeffrey Mangone on Upright and Electric bass as a disciple of the Simandl Technique. Performed in the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra, under the direction of Roger Zahab and the North Pittsburgh Philharmonic under the direction of Roger Tabler.

Realized the business and history of Jazz with Dr. Nathan Davis and the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.

Evolved Traditional African Drumming with the University of Pittsburgh African Drumming Ensemble. Under the Guidance of master drummers

Dr. Sylvia Nanyonga-Tamasuza, of Uganda
Dr. Akin Euba, of Nigeria
Dr. Pascal Yao-Younge, of Ghana
and Anicet Mundundu, of Ghana

07/07 Melissa Quinn Band, Country-Electric Bass
05/07 Billy Budd, Pittsburgh Opera, Supernumial
2001 Melonious Blue, Party Jazz. Founder, Upright and Electric Bass
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At 1:43am on July 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks. I first made that up in the 70s when the movie first came out. I'll be posting it on my page shortly.
At 4:01pm on July 29, 2008, Anicet Mundundu said…
Hi Mark,
So nice to have you here, where good people meet and share good stuff.
At 3:33pm on July 29, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hey Mark,

Welcome. It was great hanging and talking with you last night at Ava. Your background is quite impressive and quite in the spirit of what we hope this network will accomplish in part. You will be a valued contributor on many dimensions. My man.



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