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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Jam Sessions -- Can We Create A Guide To Them?

First of all, I am so impressed with the effort that Dr. Nelson Harrison has made into this community and the quality of the content and people that are coming here to support it! Thanks to all of you for letting me know a little more about yourselves here.

One of the things that I would like to learn more about is what jam sessions there are in Pittsburgh. My interests span a variety of music from jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues and jam band styles. I know there are great places to… Continue

Added by Jeff Rosenthal on March 22, 2008 at 3:00am — No Comments

What happened to the Pgh jazz clubs?

Pgh has such a rich jazz supporting heritage.I hope it doesn't become a thing of the past.

When I've been back to visit and to sing it has been so disheartening to see fewer and fewer venues still hanging in there.

There are so many really wonderful musicians there ( of course I include singers in that category).

They need the support of each other and of the Pgh audiences and potential employers.

The city needs the positive energy that is created from showing… Continue

Added by Devorah Segall on March 13, 2008 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

About Linda - A music story

Growing up in Montreal in the 60s, I heard music from artists like Michelle Richard, Ginette Reno and Robert Charlebois. At home, my Dad had the radio dial set firmly to the English speaking station, CJAD, that featured news and easy listening stuff like Percy Faith and Tom Jones.

My first musical awakening came around the age of 10, while watching a local TV variety show called Like Young. One day Wilson Pickett came to town and the show invited him to appear. I remember my brother… Continue

Added by Linda Jones on February 19, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Does anyone have pictures of my late, great cousin, Paula Roberts the drummer ?

Does anyone have pictures or memories of my cousin, Paula Roberts ?

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on February 18, 2008 at 6:21pm — No Comments

City Council has proclaimed February 23rd as Roger Humphries Day The Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will also recognize this Living Legend for his outstanding Lifetime Achievement, at …

City Council has proclaimed February 23rd as Roger Humphries Day

The Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will also recognize this Living Legend for his outstanding

Lifetime Achievement, at a concert which the Kente Arts Alliance is presenting:

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

5941 Penn Avenue – East Liberty

8:00 PM


Roger Humphries with the Rh… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 14, 2008 at 5:41am — No Comments


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