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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

Is Today's Music Better than the 60s?????? Why modern music is AWFUL.

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Comment by E Van D on August 20, 2018 at 9:25pm
I wondered about this, too. Why does today's music seem so formulaic? At first I thought that my taste in music stopped evolving when I was in my 20s. But I'm too adventurous. This video explains a lot. I guess there's a formula for any art form that sells: music, literature, art. The gatekeepers find it's more lucrative to keep doing what makes the most profit. I agree, we have to teach kids to think for themselves, to understand what makes a good work of art, and to be inspired. Even in a postmodern world where it's hard to be original, it's possible to make music and art your own in all its complexity.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 20, 2018 at 6:21am

There are several factors.  However I feel that the main factor is that the music

curriculums in the Public Schools have been greatly marginalized or eliminated
Therefore the current generations have few if any musical values.
However there are and always will be those whom come from educated families or are self motivated towards excellence.
Also there will always be those who are blessed with God given talent and musical insight.
It's an issue that isn't too complicated
actually,  but it would not be easy to 
explain it all in a few words.  
For the most part societal trends and technological handicaps make up the rest of the problems that inhibit the production and appreciation of good music in this day and time.  But good music is still here.
It will always be here.
Doug Carn

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