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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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Graduated from Wilkinsburg High (when it was the Holy City) Sang in the Mendleshon Choir...'Handle's Messiah! Poet, 'Song-bird Secretary' Auto-harp player. Minister and Missionary for years in many Nations. Love and have lived in Israel! Book pulished: 'Echoes From Heaven' Currently working on: "Israel, Beloved of God, His Eye is Upon You. Fear Not!" coming out in fall with free audion download. Have had daily radio programs and T.V. slot on 'Keys of the Kingdom' I just love the Lord and His people!
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At 11:06pm on October 14, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks for joining !
Be blessed!
At 2:18am on October 10, 2008, David Moore said…
GOD BLESS YOU GRACE, glad to see you on the web site. I know this will serve as a vehicle for you to promote what ever you want>>.Love your brother David & sister Cherri Moore
At 2:25am on October 9, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Grace,

We are so happy to have you in the network. Your page is a doorway to an expanded array of opportunities to share your art and ideas with a larger audience internationally. You are certain to find others who are in tune with your beautiful vibration. Thank you for joining us.

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