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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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       In Her Own Words

Le Max Roach Quintet à l'Alhambra 1960 part 1

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 27, 2015 at 8:54pm

Thanks.  I saw this group at the old Ellis Hotel on Centre Avenue,
a very long time ago. I remember Beaver Harris was in the audience
that night.
  --- Fred Logan

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 27, 2015 at 8:54pm

Thank you for this wonderFULL video, as usual, the MAXimum approach is on the one!

Mensah Wali

Comment by Frank B. Greenlee on December 12, 2014 at 11:31am

I had the pleasure of hearing them at the Ellis Hotel many years ago...... also had the pleasure of playing with Tommy Turrentine once when he sat in with the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Band....

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 3:08am

I played Julian's trombone at the Crawford Grill in 1964 when Roger Humphries and I sat in on Max's break with Ronnie Matthews on piano and Eddie Kahn on bass.  I have a couple of photos from that night.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 2:46am

There is an audio recording of this group on the Main Page player of this network.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 2:38am

This should leave no doubt as to who they were and how they played.  Did you notice Stanley's chin muscle?  That's where that sound came from.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 2:37am

I saw this Max Roach group at the old Ellis Hotel
on Center Avenue.  Three Pittsburghers.  
The only time I saw Tommy Turrentine.   --- Fred Logan

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