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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 4:29pm on December 8, 2010, Eric Spaulding said…
Looking forward to playing with you tonight at Pangea. Let's hope even more musicians show up to sit in!
At 3:45pm on January 12, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hi Ron, Great to meet and perform with you at the PJN Jazz Forum. Great sound! Hope to do it again soon.
At 6:46pm on November 16, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
Hey man! Nice meeting you...thank you for the compliments...I look forward to hearing you!
At 3:07pm on August 1, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Ron! Welcome to The Pittsburgh Jazz Network! I'm going to try real hard to make the Wednesday night session next week. I enjoyed it when I was there.
At 12:44pm on July 31, 2008, Ron Wilson said…
Thanks Nelson -
We do something a bit different now on Wednesdays. They still run the 3rd Street Gallery Jam on Wednesday - but we do more of a "players" session in East Carnegie ( Last night we had a nice assortment including myself, Roger Barbour, Mark Strickland, Fred Dolphin, Sonny Sunseri, and others. We run that session from 8-midnight. It's for the players. We work on tunes at this session. Stop by sometime!
At 6:21am on July 31, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hey Ron,

So glad you joined us. You can promote your Wednesday night jam in Carnegie here and I encourage you to do so. It is always good to see you out at the jams and to hear you on those "rare" occasions. ;-)



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