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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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Moved to Pittsburgh along with family after living in Kano, Nigeria for 7 yrs. .
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Sean Jones/Roger Humphres, Horace Turner to name a few..
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CJ's Jam session, Dowe's on 9th and James Street Tavern
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Trumpet player, raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. moved to the Bay Area (Oakland); Performed in small jazz groups in the Bay, left the country and lived in West Africa for seven years and returned to Pittsburgh for 15 yrs. Regained my chops at the Jazz at the Hill House Jam Session with Horace Turner and the Pittsburgh musicians. Recently moved to the Atlanta area and yarning for the music scene in the 'Burgh.
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At 5:01pm on February 25, 2009, Saunie Liggins said…
Hello Delim. Hope all is well with you. Touch base.
At 8:56pm on October 14, 2008, Nancy Dunaiski said…
Dear Delim,

Thank you for your inspired comment, however we all can't have the same music taste as new music flavours are born daily, and need to keep in touch with the music developing era.

Keep in touch
At 12:00am on October 9, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Delim,
Thanks for all your hard work and all your performances at Jazz Workshop, Inc.

I hope all is well.

Your welcome to hang out with us again at JWS at 3 PM every Sat.

Let's keep in touch.

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 10:54pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Delim
Thanks for joining the PittsburgJazz Network!
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 9:18pm on September 24, 2008, Shawnee Lake said…
Hi ! Do you have a copy of that video you did of my performances at Tony Moad's Sunday Jazz at the Holiday Inn in Oakland that played on the lkocal Pittsburgh tv channel? I would love to purchase a copy from you.
Are you still with Comcast?
At 9:52pm on September 21, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Delim,

We are so glad you decided to join us. You will not only be able to keep abreast of the jazz happenings in Pittsburgh but also you can directly stay in touch with friend you have here while learning more about our deep roots as a jazz capitol. Browse freely, make some comments and friends and enjoy what we are building.



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