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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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Born and raised there. Many family members live there.
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Jim Farquar
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Since I live in N.E. TN none in Pittsburgh
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Since I live in N.E. TN none in Pittsburgh
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I love many kinds of music (except rap, hip-hop, blue grass). Jazz and blues are my favorite. I played trombone in high school but I dropped it and sing (second bass) whenever I get the opportunity. (I take after our mother in my love of singing.) Now and then (often with a long space between NOW and THEN) I like to write a bit, mostly lyrics. I must get someone else to listen to what I sing and score the song.
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At 6:40pm on December 27, 2010, Jim Farquar said…
Tony; I am trying to get a message to you that I do not! have your current info as I lost it in sone file somewhere and you never leave your # . PLEASE when you call leave the 411 for me and I'll get back to you.  Jim
At 3:36pm on February 7, 2009, Jim Farquar said…
hey Tony I am swamped here with work so sorry for not getting back sooner I will call this week Jim
At 6:47am on February 4, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Yes they do go together and you can find them all here.
At 2:13am on February 4, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Tony,

This is a place where your musical tastes will be stimulated. Your love of music finds common ground here among our membership. There are some great singers here that you will delight in discovering as well as some wonderful memories of musical activities in t he 'Burgh. Thank you for joining and please visit us often and share with your friends.
At 2:36pm on February 1, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Tony
Thank you for joining the Pittsburgh Jazz Network!

At 3:18pm on January 31, 2009, Jim Farquar said…
hey Tony Thanks for the holler! I will be in touch soon GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!

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