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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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Crossroads ~ An Oral History: The Culture. The Music. The Legacy

Event Details

Crossroads ~ An Oral History: The Culture. The Music. The Legacy

Time: April 17, 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Kaufmann Center
Street: 1825 Centre Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Event Type: community, event
Organized By: Yvonne McBride
Latest Activity: Apr 3, 2015

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Event Description

Please join us for a storytelling luncheon celebrating the history, resilience, and spirit of the Hill District community.

Guests will be treated to a live Jazz performance and a preview of stories from the Crossroads Oral History Collection. 

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Comment by Yvonne McBride on April 3, 2015 at 2:26am

This just in! 
James Johnson on drums and Ron Horton on trumpet have joined our jazz ensemble. 

Comment by Yvonne McBride on April 1, 2015 at 4:45am

Stories included in the oral history preview include those from George "Duke" Spaulding, John Hughes, Dr. Harrison, Roger Humphries, and more. 

Comment by Yvonne McBride on April 1, 2015 at 4:40am

Greeting Michele and Martin,

Thanks for your interest in our event.

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Jazzspace founder and soloist Maggie Johnson. She'll be performing with Howie Alexander and Miles Jackson for the upcoming April event.

The panel discussion will follow a preview of the Hill District oral history collection. Panelists include Dr. Nelson Harrison, Dr. Ken Foley, community leader Sala Udin, and President of the Hill Community Development Corporation, Marimba Milliones. Panel moderator is  jazz broadcast veteran, Evelyn Hawkins. 

Hope to see you there!

Comment by Michele Bensen on March 31, 2015 at 6:03pm

Who will be speaking and performing at this event? Sounds interesting. 

Comment by martin thomas on March 31, 2015 at 5:43pm

who will be speaking?

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