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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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A SmoothAhead Jazz Promoter and a Jazz fan on a National crusade to bring the full awareness of Jazz back into the Inner City Elementary and Secondary Schools. I will eventually see this happen.

Jazz is known all over the world as America's Art Form, or as HR-57 so eloquently says, Whereas, jazz has achieved preeminence throughout the world as an indigenous American music and art form, bringing to this country and the world a uniquely American musical synthesis and culture through the African-American experience and
1. makes evident to the world an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and democratic cooperation within the creative process, thus fulfilling the highest ideals and aspirations of our republic,
2. is a unifying force, bridging cultural, religious, ethnic and age differences in our diverse society,
3. is a true music of the people, finding its inspiration in the cultures and most personal experiences of the diverse peoples that constitute our Nation,
4. has evolved into a multifaceted art form which continues to birth and nurture new stylistic idioms and cultural fusions,
5. has had an historic, pervasive and continuing influence on other genres of music both here and abroad, and
6. has become a true international language adopted by musicians around the world as a music best able to express contemporary realities from a personal perspective;
Whereas, this great American musical art form has not yet been properly recognized nor accorded the institutional status commensurate with its value and importance;
Whereas, it is important for the youth of America to recognize and understand jazz as a significant part of their cultural and intellectual heritage;
Whereas, in as much as there exists no effective national infrastructure to support and preserve jazz;
Whereas, documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the jazz field; and
Whereas, it is now in the best interest of the national welfare and all of our citizens to preserve and celebrate this unique art form;
Now, therefore be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that it is the sense of the Congress that jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.

With that being said, I have made it my life passion to bring this Art form back into the lives of inner-city Youths, so that they can understand and treasure this music. Won't you join me at the Jammin Foundation, our 501 (C) 3, to continue the work and to make it happen. . while you’re there please think about donating. We appreciate you!
I have helped in the production of Jazz Festivals. I have successfully created and implemented many events. I love listening to and promoting Jazz. SmoothAhead®. Traditional Jazz and Smooth Jazz coming together for the love of this art form. Let's make it happen together!
Over the last 5-6 months, Feb. - Jul. 2010, I have successfully created a series in which I honored 11 Jazz Greats, that happen to live amongst us here in Los Angeles, CA. March, 2010 Clora Bryant & Rose Gales, April, 2010 Buddy Collette & Michael White, May, 2010 Linda Hopkins & Art Hillery, June, 2010 Barbara Morrison & Phil Wright, July, 2010 Phil Ranelin, Elvira Vi Redd & Curtis Kirk. We had some of the best jam sessions on the planet, history was made at most of them, because of the players that were on the stage, playing together for the first time. Jacques Lesure led quite a few of the Jam sessions.
I’m truly grateful to all that participated in the events from the panelists, moderators, honorees and all the guests.
It’s now August and I’m already thinking about the next series… Stay tuned!
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Living Legends Jazz Panel Discussion!

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 5:00am 0 Comments



LIVING LEGENDS JAZZ PANEL DISCUSSION with Michael Dolphin and James Janisse as Moderators

"The Status of Jazz Today" and "Protecting The Legacies of Jazz Musicians"

Join me as I welcome Living Legends, Buddy Collette, Bobby Rodriguez, Michael White and Clora Bryant and others to discuss this very important subject.

I have invited panel experts to lend their knowledge to this exciting topic.



Are Jazz Musicians Willing to Leave This Earth Empty?

Posted on June 14, 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

The Survival of Jazz, an interesting topic of sorts. I am located on the West Coast and I have quite frankly been doing a lot of soul searching in regards to this very topic. With the demise of radio stations that play jazz, whether it's Traditional or Contemporary, the economic boom, and all the other reasons to make one take note to the demise of Jazz. How is Jazz surviving? If one were to look at the recent closures of Jazz Festivals across the country, you would think that jazz fans would… Continue


Posted on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm 5 Comments

Hello fellow Jazz lovers, I believe it's time that we start to take a serious look at this concept called SmoothAhead. I know some people may think the name is a little corny or not easy to say, but get pass the name and think about what it represents. With the demise of so many Smooth Jazz radio stations across the country and only a few NPR stations at all, wouldn't it be great if we had stations that played both genres. They could rotate (Traditional or Straight-Ahead) with (Contemporary or… Continue

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At 11:09pm on October 31, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Linda Morgan,

Our prayers are with the victims and families of all  those who have been touched by this destructive natural disaster.

May Our Lord give them strength to live through this difficult test.



At 10:48pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Living Legends JaZzabrations a gift
At 4:58pm on August 25, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Hi Linda and welcome to the network.I will take at look at your concept and get back to you .

All My Best
At 2:30pm on April 2, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
I'm afraid my list might be very very long...I appreciate the assistance in building the information necessary for Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History. Even the basics of Who you know from Pennsylvania,born or had an influence on other Pa musicians, Where in Pa, What they accomplished as a few of the details of information we seek.
Soon we will have a wiki for groups of 4 or 5 can edit , add, confirm facts, so we would publish on line. We can not copy and paste an other's intellectual p[roperty. I'll keep you posted
At 4:05am on March 16, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
My personal interest in music has always been eclectic. My opinion the best era in American music was 1955-1963 Now that I'm expanding my horizons to include all Pennsylvanian Musicians and Disc Jockey's from the Commonwealth. I maybe missing someone, in a specific genre since we begin from 1750ish to today.
The concept of the virtual museum has been very successful in Louisiana, after 5 plus years they have built a network to support a brick and mortar building. For now factual info about artists is what we will be posting when we showcase our new web site later this year.
Please encourage your Pennsylvania friends to nominate and provide bios and discographies of native Pennsylvanians
At 6:11am on January 25, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
If you would join us at pmmbh home on Face book and encourage others.
If we can develop a body of like minded individuals we have a shot at procuring grants for interviews for archival purposes. I would imagine many of Dr Nelson's followers of Jazz may have such interviews in thier personal favorites. When I was in Pittsburgh at the (sp) Benniden Theater for PBS taping I gathered several great interviews with Hank Ballard and Betty Everett. What is key with our plan is to focus on Pennsylvanians. Please Blog on our web site
At 4:13am on October 17, 2009, tim max said…
have a nice weekend , lot kiss
At 2:03pm on October 5, 2009, Doug Jackson said…
It is so good to see a classes lady again.
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At 5:39pm on April 24, 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 10:08pm on April 11, 2009, DR. LEO CASINO said…
I love Long Beach, how are you ?




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