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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

I hear that some of you are unhappy with the way some things are done on this site.  Early in my membership, I too had questions and concerns.   I asked Nelson about them and he gladly responded and solved any issues I had here.  In part, because of this site and others like it, I find myself performing quite a bit, as some of you know.  And I ain't no "monster player" but I get the job done and paid a "fair buck".  'Just sayin'.

I use to get inundated with emails on my cell phone.  Unlike some of you, I am not that important that I need to read every email as they come in.  So since I don't live via my cell phone,  I fixed my phone so that I can read my emails when I choose to do so.  I own a couple of computers and choose to use them to read my e-mails too.....'Just sayin'.

Like any tool, you need to learn how to work with this site to your advantage.  I did and still do.  And because of it, I've been able to work with different genre of musicians.  I can honestly say this site has been very helpful to me, even if I wasn't advertising myself or the venues where I perform.  I and others use this site to see where you might be performing.....if you take the time to list it here.   'Just sayin'.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 31, 2016 at 1:31am

Thanks for your input Jerry.  BTW your name in known all over the world as a result of your activity.  I have been asked by members on other continents about you.  Just sayin.'

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