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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 8:01pm on June 30, 2015, Stan Gilmer said…

Dr. Nelson referred me to you. I have the lions share of Sammy Davis Jr's book. Here's a sample of my work.   Who Can I Turn To and  My Shining Hour   410-461-8796.

At 11:21pm on October 6, 2008, David Moore said…
Hey George I heven't seen since Nathan David went on sabaticle '78 or '79 ? During that time, KENNY KLOOK CLARK was acting professor and Director of
the Pitt Big Band. There were some great players in the band. Gerri Allen,Jothan Collins, etc. It is very good to see you. Stay in tune David Moore
At 3:41pm on September 28, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hahaha! I Love the pic George! Good to see you hear! Running to rehearsal , so brief. but let's catch up more soon! You've been on my mind. Love to all~
At 1:17am on September 24, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome George,

I was beginning to think this was Make-Believe, now I'm sure of it. ;-)
You will always be a Tartan and a part of the Pittsburgh jazz community and we are very proud of your success. Your MBBO launched the careers of many of our present day stalwarts, some of whom are members here and will glad to be able to reach you. Please keep us abreast of your activities as I frequently get questions around town about you. Thank you for joining.
At 6:42pm on September 23, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome George,
Thanks for joining. Come check out my rhythm world!
Have an awesome week!
Be blessed,



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