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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
"Friendship is like music; two strings tuned alike, will both stir though but only one you strike." ---Francis Quarles We are individually and collectively blessed by each other in the fashion of the above quote and together we reach beyond our individual preferences to deploy the vibrations of love, peace, friendship, joy, and human kinship throughout the known and unknown Universe when we share our personal truth with another. We thank each of you for sharing yourselves on this network and we look forward to having an increasing positive impact on the quality of life in these tumultuous times. We join you in the joyous celebrations of life through Christmas, Hanakkuh, Kwanzaa, Eid, Winter Solstice and the New Year. May the love of music we share awaken more hearts with hope and possibilities. Swing on, Nelson

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Comment by Magdalena Vaida on December 27, 2008 at 2:53pm
I Wish you for This Season and all Seasons
Health and Happiness
Peace and Prosperity
Joy and Jazz
Comment by Flo Taylor on December 27, 2008 at 6:18am
Hey Nelson!
Happy Holidays to you, also. Tumultuous times, indeed...but faith is being renewed. Looking forward to the coming year...
Comment by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on December 26, 2008 at 11:42pm
Happy Holidays and the best in the New Year to all
Comment by Annie Cosmides on December 25, 2008 at 6:59pm
Happy Holidays to all from the Windy City! (and it sure is windy in Chicago). Definately a white Christmas here, about two feet of it! I'll be thinking of all my favorite jazz musicians in Pittsburgh when I check out the local jazz artists here. Peace and love to all. Annie
Comment by Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. on December 25, 2008 at 4:32pm
Hi Nelson! This is to thank you again for all that you are doing and to wish you and all the members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. WE WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN 2009.
Comment by Sharon Gregory on December 25, 2008 at 2:25pm
Grace and Peace to all this Holiday Season.
Comment by Rhadha Sewell on December 25, 2008 at 12:59pm
Merry Christmas

Mi Tio
Comment by Rhadha Sewell on December 25, 2008 at 12:58pm
Happy Holidays to everyone.
Comment by Bruce C on December 25, 2008 at 10:39am
Dearest Nelson...thank you for the cheer and good vibes...vibes??? the Hamp must be in the house...mmm?

Here's wishing with all the love, compassion, understanding, reaching out, and acceptance all best for all the people of this little planet for the Christmas Season and the year to come,,,may the gift of music within us be our our gift that overflows to everyone we come in contact spread peace and love to all...

Thanks too for this great site and all the people who spread the amazing message and energy of Jazz to the world...

All my best always (usually in Bb....) hope to get to the "Steel City" (with the heart of gold...) this year....
Peace, love and music ...always...and all ways....Bruce C....bc
Comment by Kathleen Gorman on December 25, 2008 at 7:47am
Dear Nelson,
Your message of hope, love and positive vibrations is so welcomed on this special day. Thank you for all your inspiration through words and music and friendship. May your holidays and New Year be blessed with joy, peace, light and laughter. And of course great music! Kathleen xo

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