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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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Soon to be the New Hazlett Theater ... watch for an upcoming jazz focus there!
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I work as an independednt consultant with several different arts organizations in the area and through working with City of Asylum have become a jazz fan. Great music and, as evidenced by this site, great fans!
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At 7:37pm on October 22, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Debi ! Greetings from Schru . Cologne / Germany !
At 12:05am on March 23, 2009, Tanisha said…
Hi Debi - thanks for reaching out here on the Network! And welcome to the world of jazz!
At 4:10pm on December 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Yes. Please post it and I can invite the entire membership with one click.
At 5:27am on December 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
We are on for December 14th at the New Hazlett from 8 - 11P.
At 12:13pm on November 6, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…
Nadine is my sister and I will tell her you said "hello"...
At 11:30pm on October 22, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

I'd like to set a meeting up with you at New Hazlett Theater to discuss Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Programs.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 11:26pm on October 22, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

Thanks for your response.

Would it be possible to set up a meeting with you at The New Hazlett Theater so I can give you all the details and possibilities with our Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Programs?

Dr. Nelson Harrison is one musician I use for my Outreach Programs too.

However, I'm in charge of putting the program together.

Please give me a call so we can schedule a meeting as soon as possible.

Thanks again for yiour interest in Jazz Workshop, Inc.

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 5:00pm on October 9, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

I would like to talk to you about doing a Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Program at The New Hazlett Theater.

I'd also like to see how JWS could work with The New Hazlett Theater.

Here's my contact info.

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 7:24am on September 23, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Could you re- post your" New Hazlett" information on the below link, I'm sure others( fans and artists) would like to hear this. If you wish I could copy& paste it there myself, with your name as author.
At 12:37am on September 21, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Debi! Sorry that I took so long to get back to you. I haven't been feeling very well, and didn't check my comments. I'm definitely interested in your offer for the jam session. I will email you my phone number, and if it's still not too late, let's talk about this.



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