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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 11:44pm on April 15, 2009, Justin Brown said…
Thanks Terra. Yes I was utterly dibilitated and verklempt. I heard Carlos did well on bass. now i have to hurt him. haha. catch you soon.
At 7:24am on July 16, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I'll try to post it this week. Keep bugging me.
At 10:14pm on July 15, 2008, J. Malls said…
A few, but I got some amazing pics prior to the black out! Probably the best ones yet I think. Gonna post them soon.
At 5:38pm on May 22, 2008, J. Malls said…
Yep, no flash. I don't have a large enough aperatue setting to get the right shutter speed. A lot of the time I just time it and cover the lens with my hand, lol. Kind of gives it an organic feel sometimes.

7-8 out of every 10 pics aren't that great. I'm so happy I went digital :)
At 5:24pm on May 22, 2008, J. Malls said…
I just realized that was you, lol.

Glad that you like the pics! I've got a nice enough camera w/ a fairly crappy flash. Don't have much choice but to experiment in low-light situations. Every once in a while I get a winner!

The lights at AVA are fun to shoot in!
At 12:26am on April 27, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Thanks Mrs. Terra....



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