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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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Grew up & learned to play in Pittsburgh, left in 2001, been living in Phoenix ever since.
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At 7:23pm on September 17, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hey, Shea......are you the same Shea that is Joe LeSante's nephew? I hear you are playing the 'religious circuit" among other things. We were just talking about you. The jazz scene is almost a non-entity here, but I hear Phoenix is swinging! I would be glad to come and visiit. When will you be in Pgh. again? Pls call me when you do, maybe I can set up a gig...'Live from Phoenix". Check out my my Space page also: multital53 is my call name. I* also have some music here on my page. Glad you found's a great site!!!!
At 11:15pm on September 16, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Shea,
Thank you for joining.
Come check out my rhythm world!
I wish you success ,,,,
At 9:10pm on September 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Shea,

Thank you for joining so we can keep in touch with you. You may or may not remember Floreece Davis, a singer from Pittsburgh, who also lives in Phoenix. She is a member of this network and I'll hook you up.
At 4:20pm on September 14, 2008, mark lucas said…
shea----give me a call at 412 251 2936--thanks for adding me to the network--there is something i want to talk with you about---hope you are well--m lucas



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