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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Network Series at the New Hazlett Theater

Event Details

Pittsburgh Jazz Network Series at the New Hazlett Theater

Time: November 16, 2008 at 8pm
Location: New Hazlett Theater, North Side, 6 Allegheny Square E., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Event Type: jazz, music, forum, performance
Organized By: Debi Sciranka
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2008

Event Description

Led by the trombone guru, Nelson Harrison, the evening will feature a live set from different artists each week followed by a jam session. Bring an instrument, or just sit back and enjoy.

No Cover. No Minimum. Just great jazz!

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Comment by Raymond Ratiliff Jr. on November 23, 2008 at 6:10pm
All shucks! I missed it, got cought up in my busy schedule,please inform me of the next one I'll be sure to make it this time.
Comment by Roger S Day on November 16, 2008 at 5:46pm
Thanks Nelson, you old movershaker, you!!
I expect to be around if any bass lines are desired.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 16, 2008 at 2:26am
We are trying the 8 - 11 pm slot this time to see how it works. We want to use a Forum format rather than straight music or straight jam session. We want more audience participation and interaction so that we can raise the awareness of the entire jazz community. It is up to us to do and we will all benefit from a groundswell of interest. I will encourage people to share their jazz experiences with each other so that we get used to talking about jazz socially like it used to be. Everyone is comfortable talking socially about sports so lets get in the game of sharing our passions for the music we all love. Bring a favorite story with you... after all... we ARE in a theatre.
Comment by James R. Meny on November 15, 2008 at 8:51pm
what time does this start?
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 11, 2008 at 9:13pm
This week the trio will feature Howie Alexander - keyboard and Dr. Kenan Foley - drums along with yours truly. this gives us an added opportunity to talk shop, network and celebrate our great jazz tradition up cose and personal with fans and supporters. It also provides another opportunity for potential employers to experience our music.
Comment by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on November 6, 2008 at 11:07am
Hey-- this is great!

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