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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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Pennsylvania born Played shadyside jazz fest, amrican wind Symphony 6 times, wrote two piecs for them, pittsburfg symphony played my music, commencement spaker at chatham college,,Manchester Cratfsman guild perfrmed there many times
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Beaver harris, mry Lou wlliams , Harold Betters Art blakely, Mickey Bass,Eric kloss, Billy strayhoen, Earle hine, Errol garner, Joe Negri,
Billy Eckstine, Nathan Davis,
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About Me:

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works,
written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for
the films "Splendor in The Grass" and "The Manchurian Candidate;" two operas, including
the groundbreaking Holocaust opera "The Final Ingredient;" and the score for the landmark
1959 documentary "Pull My Daisy," narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac.  He is also the
author of three books, "Vibrations," an autobiography, "Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac," a memoir, and  "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat"  published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.

A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous
flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries,
as well as an inventive, funny improvisational lyricist.   He has collaborated with
Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first
composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman,
Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus,
Lionel Hampton, E. G. Marshall, and Tito Puente. One of Amram's most recent works "Giants of the Night" is a flute concerto dedicated to the memory Charlie Parker,
Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie, three American artists Amram knew and worked with. 
It was commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway.

Over the past 60 years, he has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, , Lionel Hampton, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Dorham, Betty Carter, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Willie Nelson, Odetta, Tito Puente, Paquito de Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Pepper Adams, Thad Jones, Los Papines and Machito.

He is also currently working with author Frank McCourt on a new setting of the Mass, "Missa Manhattan," His two most recent orchestral works are "Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie." commissioned by the Guthrie Foundation, premiered  Sept. 29 2007 , and Three Songs: A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in January of 2009. He was the Democratic National Convention's composer-in-residence in August of 2008 in Denver.

Today, as he has for over fifty years, Amram continues to compose music while
traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator
in five languages. 
Amram's webpage

All his concert music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation (B.M.I.)

For outstanding live performances documented over the past thirty-two years, access........
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At 7:39pm on September 27, 2009, Michele Bensen said…
Dear David,
How long has it been my friend? I still remember being on stage with you in Shadyside. How are you and are you coming back to Pgh any time soon?
At 3:20am on September 3, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome David,

Very thrilled to have you with us. You have more friends and fans in Pittsburgh then you may realize. We have some unique content here and some activities afloat and on the drawing board that might interest you. Thanks for adding me as a friend which makes it easier for us to communicate.



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