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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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       In Her Own Words



We humans share a special bond with our pets and our choice of pets often reflects aspects of our personalities. This group is dedicated to those beings who journey partially with us on this plane and often precede us beyond the veil.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Animal vocals

Started by ROBERTA. Last reply by Linda Dachtyl Sep 27, 2008. 1 Reply

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Comment by Ricco J.L.Martello on October 9, 2010 at 5:13am
Hey check out the story I wrote on Roy Ayers and Tom Brown and their show here in Pittsburgh
Comment by The Phoenix Jazz Project on January 1, 2009 at 5:42pm

We love our cats, Kitty & Dewey. Kitty is the gray and white cat, and Dewey is the beige colored cat. Dewey isn't a year old yet, but he's HUGE. He's always annoying Kitty. Both Kitty and Dewey love music....when Tom and I are rehearsing, they'll both come downstairs and lay right beside us. It's the cutest thing!!
Comment by Bruce C on December 27, 2008 at 5:34am
My current jazz pet is a nifty 2 year old light grey tri-color cat named Ray"the Scooter" Charles....after all Ray Charles is one of the baddest cats of all...n'est on my other laptop oops...more to all...bc
Comment by ROBERTA on November 23, 2008 at 3:57pm
Let us all give thanks for our beautiful furry friends and pets alike. And for the Pgh Jazz Network.
Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on September 17, 2008 at 10:36pm
MY CAT IS THE BEST!!!! He is so beautiful and he loves me to death. I rescued him 4 years ago. I don't know how anyone could abandon such a beautiful animal. He loves soft jazz but hates loud music of any genre. He actually kisses me. The only problem is that some musicians are allergic to cats and can't rehearse
Comment by ROBERTA on September 2, 2008 at 8:03pm
My cat is always around when I chant because he loves the rhythm .And he loves to dance with me to all forms of music ;especiallly jazz. He likes to purr to the beat. So do I.
Comment by CWR (Fan of Culture) on August 15, 2008 at 6:24pm

Comment by CWR (Fan of Culture) on August 15, 2008 at 6:17pm
Here are a few images that go with the below comment. A picutre of teddy today. I have to add the cats birds chickens turtles and all the other things that have passed through these doors...I have to comment that when the music gets loud they get down, either it be being bounce around with us or screaming about it being to loud...:)

Comment by CWR (Fan of Culture) on August 15, 2008 at 6:04pm
Jerry's Love for animals rubbed off ona lot of people, his respect for thier power was , respectful. His Daughter was taken the lead and become a sought after experts in animal care/training in our area. Just to show you a few of the Animals that she rasied please check out the next few picutres... This is Teddy bear a Male St. Barnard, 3 yrs approx 190 pds. He is my youngest sons protection and play mate.

This is Thor "god of Thunder" His is my oldest sons protection and playmate

The next few picture are the others that have taken up home here at Clear Water. Some times a huge pain but sometimes the best of friends....
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 15, 2008 at 5:11am
King Frederick III loved his jazz.


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