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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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       In Her Own Words

Featured Blog Posts – September 2010 Archive (9)

Hope to see everyone Sat. Night!

Added by Mandy Mason on September 29, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments

The Business of the Blues

Vocalist Jessica Lee mixes entrepreneurship and music to encourage social and artistic progress.

A chance…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 25, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Buddy Collette dies at 89; L.A. jazz saxophone player, bandleader

Collette helped merge the black and white musicians' unions in L.A. and mentored many African American musicians. He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. jazz history.

By Don Heckman, Special

to The Times

September 21 2010

Buddy Collette, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who played

important roles in Los Angeles jazz as a musician and an…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 22, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

PIANIST CYNTHIA LIVINGSTON funeral arrangements.

I just wanted to let you know that Cynthia Livingston's
arrangements are as follows:
House of Law on Frankstown Ave.
Thursday from 5-9 p.m.
The funeral will be Friday 24th at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church on Paulson Avenue in East Liberty

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 21, 2010 at 3:19am — No Comments

Detroit International Jazz Festival - 2010

I attended the Detroit International Jazz fest again. It was billed as "the largest free jazz fest in north America". I posted a note on the Host hotel bulletin board requesting to meet any Pgh. attendees. No response. I`ll keep trying as I attend fests around the world. Let the music play! Joe McCormick(Hephzibah,Ga.)

Added by Joe McCormick on September 12, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2010

Ok folks...why not?

Let's nominate the Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event and

"One To One" w/ Kevin Amos for the Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2010 catagories.

Best open mic event - Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Under name your own category : (You have to fill this out yourself)

Best Sunday Morning Radio Show. "One To One" w/ Kevin Amos, WRCT-FM

I say let's go for…


Added by Kevin Amos on September 10, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Honoring Our Blues Legends!

Oh what a night! Last night I was

blessed in being a part of the Marion James Nashville Annual Blues

Reunion. As the great Bobby Hebb recently passed away his wonderful

family attended and we made the evening in remembrance of his great

work and contribution not only to the world of blues but also to

American Music. Last night was a time for us to honor in remembrance so

many great musicians, performers and writers…

Added by Mandy Mason on September 7, 2010 at 4:34am — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges


In this…


Added by TDanyel on September 3, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

THE VALUE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING (in case you don't yet believe it)

World Wide Web and the Internet

The World Wide Web is a popular example of a decentralized system exhibiting emergent properties. There is no central organization rationing the number of links, yet the number of links pointing to each page follows a…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 1, 2010 at 12:07am — 1 Comment

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