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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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Home > Uncategorized > Mission Creep-y: @Public_Citizen Report Shows Google Uses Its Data
Dominance to Become the Most Politically Powerful Corporation in the World
Mission Creep-y: @Public_Citizen Report Shows Google Uses Its
Data Dominance to Become the Most Politically Powerful
Corporation in the World
November 13, 2014 Chris Castle Leave a comment Go to comments
The venerable Public Citizen organization has released a very scary report about Google’s political
contributions and influence called “Mission Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s
Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire” (get a free copy
The mind boggling amount of data that Google collects on anyone who touches their services from
YouTube to search, Gmail to Google+, Google Apps for Education to Nest can easily be turned to
Google’s advantage and the advantage of any candidate the company chooses to back. And as the report
proves, Google’s “soft power” allows it to influence elected officials–”Google’s soft power allows it to
have its way with policy makers and other elites.”
Political spending is just one way Google influences policy makers. Another is through what
has been termed “soft” power.327 Through having employees enter high positions in the
federal government, hosting events for elites, and funding and supporting a diverse array of
non-profits, Google accrues influence in ways that are much less visible and less regulated
than through conventional lobbying and electioneering expenditures.
The phenomenon of former government employees becoming lobbyist for industries and
businesses is commonly called the “revolving door.” Somewhat less publicized is the
“reverse revolving door,” in which industry officials take positions in the government. These
positions are typically in the highest echelons of government, often for relatively short-term
appointed positions.

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