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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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But..... It was Ahmad Jamal!

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

Happy Jazz Appreciation month family….

 I dedicate this posting to my oldest brother, Clark Grayson, who if he had lived, would be celebrating his 60th birthday next month….

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, I wanted to share with you a funny family story about my brother Clark.…


Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges: Reflections with Ursula Rucker

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:38pm 0 Comments

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist Ursula Rucker has been opening ears with her thought provoking words for nearly 20 years. Greg Bridges recently had the pleasure of sitting down to speak with Ms. Rucker about her newest recording, She Said, as she shared her words on topics ranging from art to parenthood.  Share in Greg's conversation with Ursula Rucker by following this link to his blog…


Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

In the latest edition of Reflections in Rhythm, Bay area based music historian and radio announcer Greg Bridges shares his musical conversation with nationally acclaimed violinist Regina Carter. Follow the link below to share in Greg’s…


Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 7:00am 0 Comments


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At 5:04am on March 12, 2010, TDanyel said…
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At 6:58pm on February 28, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome T,

We are so glad to have you as a member. your memories of the Grill and perhaps the New Granada theater are welcome here. thank you for joining the Grill Group. The Grill was bought in August 1988 by a group of local investors who plan to restore it as the jazz shrine it has always been. the New Granada is also in the process of being restored and there is an active committee working on that as well. You can keep current with these developments here.



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