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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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Bill Trousdale -PMMBH

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Bill Trousdale -PMMBH

Time: October 12, 2011 at 3pm to December 17, 2011 at 7pm
Location: Pennsylvania Music Museum Website
Street: Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History
City/Town: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Event Type: historical, and, promotional-, research
Organized By: Bill Trousdale
Latest Activity: Dec 5, 2011

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Event Description

Who would you say are the top 20 or more, most influential Pennsylvania Jazz Musicians? Who else would you nominate from Pennsylvania in any genre of music?

We have begun a program with Pennsylvania Colleges to create a series soon to be available at our web site

If you wish to Mentor a student please let us know.

Your list,  PMMBH should acknowledge is important...Past Present and Future musicians are to be acknowledged...

Here's the Plan...


Students at Colleges across Pennsylvania will create for extra credit  a 3-5 minute visual presentation on a notable Pennsylvania musician, composer, producer, innovator, or unique Pennsylvania music expression, starting with Pennsylvania's founding. 

Extra credit will be given to students using video or film and 10-15 minute presentation. Students will choose who they wish to report on based on a list provided by PMMBH or preapproved by the PMMBH board.

Format will be PowerPoint, Video or Film. and should include audio examples of the subject. 

All costs will be absorbed by the college. 

Students through the college will have access to several data bases for research.

Rights and Permissions for use will be given to PMMBH, however we are not obligated to post any or all of the material.  Permission from the composer or it's licensee is also to be included.

An acknowledgement will be given to the College and the student producer, if published on the Internet.

Each report will have no fewer that 5 footnoted sources


For ease of acknowledging, tracking and "grading" these student projects. Board members and friends of the PMMBH will mentor each student. PMMBH will mentor the "report" and the student as part of the "real life" experience.


At the end of the semester board members will join students at an event dealing with music in Pennsylvania. Concert or field trip to Pennsylvania State Museum or media outlet to learn more about other significant original Pennsylvania Music, promotion and influences or an activity suggested by the students.


To participate each student...

  • Should provide a resume and/or one page statement of their specific business interest in the Music Industry and History. What they wish to do upon graduation?
  • Note other skills they have in Promotion, Production, Marketing, Soft wear Computer knowledge such as Excel, Wiki and Cloud.
  • State three profiles or stories they wish to complete. PMMBH will approve one of the three choices that are available

Bill Trousdale
Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History

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