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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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Duo gig

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

Join me and Joe Barth @ Nonnis in Grove city for pasta n Jazz Sat april 16th 7 p.m.

Concert with TJO 4/15/11

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 7:43pm 0 Comments

Hey join me and Trinity Jazz Orchestra for a concert with Dave Keim trombonist with Count Basie orchestra friday april 15 7 p.m. Hopewell High School! 

Concert with Trinity Jazz Orchestra featuring Steve Hawk!

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

Concert Friday April 6, 2009 7:00 p.m.

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Big band gospel gig

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 5:24pm 2 Comments

Hey, I'm doing a big band gig with the Trinity Jazz Orchestra

The Gospel Swings: January 26, 2009 - 7 pm East Main Presbyterian Church 120 East Main Street - Grove City, Pa. (724) 458-8270 FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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At 10:44pm on June 24, 2009, Shannon Sullivan said…
Hi Terry!

No I don't sing in any bands. That's why I joined, I was hoping I could hear of more opportunities to perform from other musicians on this site. Are you in a band?

At 5:20pm on January 19, 2009, Terrence said…
Hey Nelson thanks for the comments! Please keep me posted on happenings in the burgh. How bout them Steelers!
At 6:50am on January 18, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Terrence,

Love the logo and your page looks great already. Looking forward to hearing your sounds and seeing your sights. Thanks for joining and swing on.



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