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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 1:07am on December 3, 2009, Ralph Lamar Smith said…
Yo Bro
I see your doing the dam thing. I get all you invites, undates and happenings that your masterminding. I hope to be in town to attend some day and get a chance to holla at you . I havent seen you in a few years since i chauffered you up to braddock hills. I retired from Pat and have been in Miami relaxing. Keep things moving!!!
Peace Smid
At 12:04am on October 4, 2009, Marva Josie said…
Sage -
Thank you for the invitation to your event "I Promise you a Mirical". Your active participation and promotion within the Pittsburgh Jazz Network is welcomed and its wonderful to have you as a member. Thank you.
At 1:49am on July 23, 2009, Brother Black said…
Hey sage..thanks for being my friend.
The Soul Pitt is one of my favorite sites too....
Donna put us up in her link section...Black Financial Group..
At 11:42pm on March 13, 2009, RICH B said…
this is james"cool papa"bell...trying to catch up with his long lost friend all the way from los angeles,ca.i've been trying to find you for you livin' brah?
At 6:46pm on January 21, 2009, Diva JC said…
Check out my books. I need help getting them in libraries, nationwide.
Diva JC
At 2:35am on January 21, 2009, royal jones said…
so nice of you to reach out...fantastic picture of your self....xo
At 12:37am on January 15, 2009, Lisa Valanti said…
Everyday I make a new friend is a great day for me! Looking forward to getting to meet my virtual friends in person!
At 11:24pm on January 14, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you for the invite Sage,

And welcome to PJN.

At 7:15pm on January 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Sage,

You have been quite an active promoter of fine entertainment for several years and we are happy that you have brought your activism to the PJN. Keep up the good work and thank you for joining and posting you events.



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