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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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Maxine Sullivan Way

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 2:55pm 3 Comments

On Monday August 10, 2015 at 10:00am, Mayor DiBlasio of New York City will sign the bill co-naming Ritter Place, "Maxine Sullivan Way." I am grateful that my mother is being honored this way. She lived on this street for over 40 years. The event will take place at City Hall. Official unveiling date is yet to be determined but within the next three months.…


Sean Jones

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Last year I witnessed a brilliant performance by Sean Jones along with Terrence Blanchard. They played the complete work of "Miles Ahead," arranged by Gil Evans. This was performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to a sold out audience.

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At 3:26pm on January 9, 2018, bruce spiegel said…

hi Paula, I am still trying to talkl to someone about your mom, Maxine Sullivan.  If you get this, please respond to this.  I am not living in New York now, but would really love to interview you and would come to the city.   Please let me know if you get this.  Best Bruce

At 7:06pm on January 7, 2018, bruce spiegel said…

Hi Paula,

Funny coincidence that i reached out to Dr Harrison joined this site and you are here.  I am still working on the Pittsburgh steel movie, and sure would love to talk to you about your mom, Maxine Sullivan.  I hope we can meet up soon?


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