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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 3:30pm on December 22, 2008, Sue Russell said…

Here's my Lee Wiley bio. You'll also see my byline for pieces on Jimmy Scott, Maxine Sullivan, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, and Mildred Bailey.
At 9:37pm on December 9, 2008, Sue Russell said…
I'm working on an encyclopedia entry on Lee Wiley and would love to hear about anybody's favorite recordings. Amusing anecdotes are also welcome.
At 7:45pm on November 24, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Sue,
Thank you for joining !
Have a great week.
Best Wishes!
At 1:37am on November 21, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Sue,

Sandy Staley is a member also and I'm sure she would like to have you as a friend. Twenty years in Pittsburgh qualifies you as a home-girl and I'm sure you will delight in catching up with the current and historic happenings on this network. Thank you for joining.

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Sandy Staley
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Everything has changed! I don't know what venues are still open. I used to like Great Scot in Oakland.
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