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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words

Mary Lou Williams - Solo Blues Piano - Born May 10, 1910

A short powerful blues by Black American Music legend Mary Lou Williams. A DVD "Mary Lou Williams '78" is available on the Norman Granz' Jazz In Montreux lab...

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Comment by Bob Garvin on May 31, 2018 at 5:53pm

If only Dodo Marmarosa had been in one of his more stable emotional periods, enabling him to join Mary Lou Williams and these other great talents for this concert and the recording! And thanks, Dr. Nelson for listing the Charles Bell recordings. I have two of them, but wasn't aware of the others.

Comment by Roberta Jean Windle on May 27, 2018 at 6:46pm

The Charles BellTrio  sound is oh so easy on the mind & soul. 

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 27, 2018 at 3:11am

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 27, 2018 at 3:11am

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 27, 2018 at 3:09am

Comment by Bob Garvin on May 26, 2018 at 7:15pm

In 1965, Mary Lou Williams, Earl Fatha' Hines, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor, Charles Bell, and others performed a jazz concert in Pittsburgh. Mosaic has released an extended version of a vinyl recording called "The Jazz Piano". Duke does "A-Train, Bell does a beautiful "Whisper Not", which I heard on You Tube, not having the CD. .Nathan Davis reportedly said that Pitt had offered Bell the position as Director of jazz studies . I didn't make it to that concert. The CD tracks all feature piano, but Dizzy Gillespie may have been there and also Billy Strayhorn. Amazon wants $40 for it. If anyone reading this attended, or otherwise has more info about it, please comment.  

Comment by Roberta Jean Windle on May 11, 2018 at 12:06am

A 0nce in a lifetime talent. 

Comment by E Van D on May 10, 2018 at 12:50pm


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