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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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“Land of the Giant Killers: Pittsburgh’s Jazz Legacy”

Event Details

“Land of the Giant Killers: Pittsburgh’s Jazz Legacy”

Time: August 5, 2010 at 9pm to August 7, 2010 at 7pm
Location: August Wilson Center and Westin Hotel
Street: Liberty Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: see website
Event Type: national, conference
Organized By: The Association of African American Museums
Latest Activity: Aug 19, 2010

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Event Description


The Association of African American Museums invites you to attend the 2010 Annual Conference to be held August 4-7, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosted by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

I’ve Known Rivers: Presenting African American Arts, Culture & History has sessions planned which will address several questions that pertain to the strategies for survival in metropolitan centers. How have recent exhibitions managed to combine new and existing historical research with an ever-changing technology, while maintaining the integrity of the individual, the story and the craft? African American museums often bear the responsibility of balancing best museum practices with the need to preserve and interpret vital historical and cultural events.

Friday, August 6
“Land of the Giant Killers: Pittsburgh’s Jazz Legacy”
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
(This session will be held at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.)
Pittsburgh has one of the most impressive rosters of jazz artists of any city in the world and count among the most influential in the history of jazz. Learn about the importance of Pittsburgh jazz artists from Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Erroll Garner, Roy Eldridge, Billy Eckstine, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Paul Chambers, Dakota Staton, Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Grover Mitchell, Ray Brown and many more.
Chair: Gregory Carroll, American Jazz Museum
Panelists: Dr. Nelson Harrison, Jazz Musician; Kevin Amos, Jazz Broadcaster; and Marty Ashby, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Program.

Thursday, August 5
“Drums, Jazz and Soul”
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh
Just a few blocks from the Westin, AAAM will be the special guest of the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment by Pittsburgh area caterers, African Drummers and live Jazz. With over 78,000 square feet of exhibitions experience African American history and culture with a quilt exhibit dedicated to the Pittsburgh Courier by renowned fiber artist Tina Williams Brewer and exhibitions featuring Pittsburgh Jazz innovators, sports, and special collections. Sponsored by the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Friday, August 6
“Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix”
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Across the street from the Westin Convention Center is the newest member to downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The Center’s vision is unique in that it combines visual and performing arts presentations with the express goal of integrating programs that support artistic cross-fertilization and linkages through shared themes. Each exhibit highlights a distinct approach to preserving and displaying the visual art and material culture of people of African descent.
Come experience a full array of programs and activities during the reception including performances in the theatre, tour of the exhibits, food, beverage and the Burroughs-Wright Fellowship live auction. And for those wanting to unwind with a splendid live music – prepare to party the night away!

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