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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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Introducing: “The Late Fees” Swissvale Library outdoors, Saturday July 3, 2:30PM at Swissvale Library

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Introducing: “The Late Fees”Swissvale Library outdoors, Saturday July 3, 2:30PMJohn Bagnato – guitarist, vocalist, educator, professor, in-demand jazz artistGordon Nunn – multipercussionist, educator, Dr Zoot, Queen City Funk and SoulRoger Day       – pan-ethnic tuba wrangler: “Professor Beautiful” Music from across the universe:       Bossa Nova, Forró, Hendrix, Reggae, old-time favorites,     funk and soul and rock and jazz, Bach, ... , to infinity and beyond.See More
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Roger S Day replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion TONY MOWOD passes on January 6, 2021 in the group OBITUARIES
"Just a little remembrance. A beautiful night with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, with Trio Grande and my friend Rodger Ryan, for whom I had great fondness and admiration. Rodger racking up a prodigious bar bill which he couldn't cover. And Tony,…"
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Roger S Day replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion Farewell to my lifelong friend since kindergarten JOYCE ROMAINE BOULDEN SELF in the group OBITUARIES
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Nelson Harrison & friends
Molly in the Crowd - Scots, Irish, and other English-language folk.
Ethan Winograd/Jay Matula/Kyle Simpson/Justin Brown "Charles Wallace"
Anne Feeney - legendary rabble-rousing singer/songwriter
Daryl Fleming - check out his amazing album "The Blockhouse and Bloodhound Sessions"
Hill Jordan & friends
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At 3:06am on February 12, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 12:17am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 12:29am on September 11, 2008, Steve Hubbard said…
Nelson said to say 'hey' - so 'hey'!



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