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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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What is happening to live music venues locally and nationally and why? Are live musicians an endangered species or will we stand up and fight back? Weigh in!

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Make Pittsburgh Great Again

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Feeling unwelcome, James Street Speakeasy owners to close up

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Comment by janice lee on September 3, 2008 at 8:11pm
Hey Nelson, I know in Boston has lost a lot of jazz spots in my time. Paul's Mall and the Jazz Work Shop were my favorite places. I meet some Jazz greats there. The best one was Miles Davis. Love Ya Nelson and I'm still waiting for that music on your page.
Comment by Tanisha on September 3, 2008 at 8:01pm
I can speak on this issue because as a manager, I can say it is AN UPHILL CLIMB to book acts into music venues. First of all a lot of venue owners are just plain shady! Not paying acts, etc. Second, many of my clients have great overseas appeal. With the economy being what it is, venue owners in Europe and beyond are averse to bringing acts from the U.S. because transportation costs just militate against that. Third, I see no uniqueness or any attempts to really stand apart from the rest, so the same five acts are at all of the venues.

It's really dog eat dog out here, but then, that's the industry.
Comment by Angela on September 3, 2008 at 8:00pm
I would love to open a jazz/music venue in the pgh area...but I'm not sure of how well it would do with the pgh demographic? I would really appreciate anyone's feedback and thoughts on the idea!
Comment by sean jones on September 3, 2008 at 8:00pm
Hey Nelson. It seems to me that the problem is three fold. The audience, the clubs and the musicians.
1. The majority of audience members aren't educated in many respects (concerning jazz anyway). It's also difficult to get people out in an economy that is struggling. People also have so much entertainment at their fingertips. why leave the house.
2. Club owners are not typically willing to invest in live music for the long haul. They typically like the idea when the first few weeks are happening. then audiences taper off. Seems to me that they have to make long term investments.
3. Musicians aren't giving people anything to come see. We play the same stuff (myself included) on every gig. We have to write new music, present different configurations and celebrate each other. A great example is AVA on Monday's. Howie has begun introducing new music and presents "old" music in new settings. We could all learn from that. It's just time for all of us to step up. Don't get me wrong, what's out there is great. I just imagine quite frequently how much greater things can get from week to week.
Comment by Marta Graciela Bressi on September 3, 2008 at 7:58pm
Dear Nelson,

Thanks for your invitation .


Comment by PMT Studio on September 3, 2008 at 7:43pm
PhotobucketGood Morning
Comment by Boguslaw Ryczko on September 3, 2008 at 7:35pm
Hola, Nelson.

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