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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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At 3:44pm on July 30, 2011, Harry Clark said…

Hey Aaron,


Anxious to get caught up with your photographic adventures.  I certain our paths will

cross at some point.  Always good to hear about your newest conquests.



At 6:23pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
I guess we won't see you until summer at the Cabaret Back Stage. Where do you go for jazz? There's a lot of it in Pittsburgh!! I am performing at Little E's on Friday, November 20.
At 4:59pm on March 4, 2009, Phat Man Dee said…
Hey pretty boy, are you the photographer whose back pack I protected from molestation last night?
At 7:00pm on March 1, 2009, The Reese Project said…
Those are stunning photos! Keep up the great work!
At 6:17pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Aaron,
Check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz

At 2:00am on September 12, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Will do. You can also use the invite button and cut and paste your email list in the send box and the invite will go to all of them with one click of the mouse.
At 6:43pm on September 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Aaron,

It was great meeting you on Tuesday and seeing you photos. You do great work. Looking forward to you posting some jazz images here. Please announce your shows on the "Events" button of your page.
At 4:04pm on September 11, 2008, Paul Thompson said…
Best photographer around!!!
At 5:07pm on September 10, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Welcome aboard.

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