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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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Gospel recording vocalist of versatility having experience opening for name greats in Vegas & around the country; as well as working with Pittsburgh's finest musicians. Recording many voice overs for cartoons and advertisement commercials etc.
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At 4:28pm on April 18, 2011, Ken Smelko said…

I thought you were still in Pburgh........

At 4:27pm on April 18, 2011, Ken Smelko gave Floreece Davis a gift
Been a long time................
At 1:08pm on March 19, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…
Floreece, you remain my eternal diva and sister
At 7:03pm on April 16, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Feel free to check out my New SPRING Album!
Peace, Luiz
At 12:12pm on March 17, 2009, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
Hey FLOREECE, Good to see you here.
Looking forward to hearing some of your music and I trust to witness the performance of your fine artistry soon. Keep up the beatific legatee of the presence that vibrates so graciously from the Blessed Soul within the Temple of your existence...peace and love my sista'
At 4:00am on April 22, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Hello dear, I hope all is well with you. Your brother Clyde told me that you no longer live in Pittsburgh and living in AZ. When I saw your name listed here, I had to say hi. One of my 1st paid gigs was on a show that Bill Powell put together witth you(aka Gail Saunders) and Little Willie Beck. I hope all is well. Take care.
At 3:33pm on March 12, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Oh my! How are you my sistah!?! Just back and lookin' to play. Workin on solo stuff plus. more soon, promise. ciao, -janelle
At 10:56pm on March 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

So glad you joined the network. The photo show at Red Hot and Blue was a commissioned show for a limited space and 29 photos. We had to design something that represented Pittsburgh realizing that it was not possible to include very many people. We limited the show to 7 instrument categories and 4 photos each. You'll notice that the majority of the people are no longer with us.
Then we chose from the most world renowned that
I had pictures of in my files. There is no possibility to add to or change the exhibit without a new request and commission.

There were two other people involved in designing the show to match the decor and fit the space.

One of the main benefits of this network is that we can each post an unlimited number of pictures here and show the expanded fabric of the Pittsburgh jazz tradition. I'll post you with my next bunch of shots.



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