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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words
As 2008 comes to a close we are overwhelmingly grateful for each and every member. The more you play around with your page the more you will learn. Anything you post you can also delete or edit. If you want to increase you traffic, make lots of friends; annotate your photos and videos. THE MAGIC TRAFFIC GENERATOR IS THE TAG. Make sure you put key words in the tag of every post and also your name. Viral marketing is driven by the tag so never leave the tag blank. You can also edit your tags to suit yourself.


Please do not ignore friend requests. Either accept them or reject them ASAP. Each member is permitted 100 active friend requests at any given time. If you have sent 50 friend requests that have not been answered, that limits you from asking 50 others to be your friend.

The traffic you draw to your network page will attract more visitors to your linked personal page which is most likely a www or Web 1.0 page that doesn't use viral marketing.

None of us is making any direct money from the network but the opportunities are endless. We live in an exponentially changing world. The most difficult thing for most of us is to vacate the old models and begin using the newer ones. Once you make the paradigm shift, you will be amazed at the possibilities.

Let's shoot for 2500 members by next year this time. If each member brings 2 more, it's a done deal.

HAPPY 2009!

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Comment by Richie Merritt on December 31, 2008 at 9:26pm
Thank you very much Nelson, May God Bless and have a Happy New Year
Comment by Kevin Amos on December 31, 2008 at 3:31am
Another helpful hint Nelson is that perhaps you should remind folks that this is a music space and discussions should be about music and music related issues. When you run something like this there is a need to maintain some control on content.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 30, 2008 at 10:11pm
The key to the tags is to use "nouns only." Names are proper nouns in case you forgot.
Comment by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on December 30, 2008 at 4:53pm
Thanks for the information and instruction
Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on December 30, 2008 at 1:48pm
Brother Nelson you are so right, 25% of my bookings I get from online publicity. For the last two months I have gigged seven days a week.The name of the game is information.
Comment by Pgh Rich on December 30, 2008 at 9:37am
Thanks Nelson ....that was/is very helpful..........................Have you checked out ?
Happy New Year and a Happy Kwanzaa

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