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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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At 2:12am on October 14, 2020, Roberta Jean Windle said…

RIP Harold. The heavens are now blessed with your presence. We will miss you here on earth and will always cherish the spirit of your life.

At 9:02pm on March 19, 2011, David Breyer said…

Hi Mr. Betters,

Years back I dubbed myself the unofficial mayor of Shadyside, with regular office hours at the Encore.  I enjoyed your music there over and over again.  Thanks, Harold!  I learned you did a recent performance in my old home town of Greensburg and that you were much appreciated there.  

At 6:52pm on September 06, 2010, jdlaughead gave Harold Betters a gift
Harold Betters at the Encore!
At 6:45pm on September 06, 2010, jdlaughead gave Harold Betters a gift
At 3:53am on August 10, 2009, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
A supreme honor to be your friend here where you are the supreme person! Pittsburgh has a blessing in having you as an exponent of its great heritage. Always love hearing you and graciously you allowed me to sit in a couple times, your sound is awesome! My main man Dan Wasson plays with you first took me to see you back in the 70s when we masqueraded as engineering students at PITT.- kevin hurst
At 5:15am on April 17, 2009, Marshall McDonald said…
Harold Betters, nice looking page! One of the best here. Glad you are well my Pittsburgh friend.
At 3:05pm on March 29, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you for your response. It's truly an honor...welcome to the network.

Best Wishes,
At 7:13am on March 29, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Big Brother,

Glad you could join us. Now we are getting somewhere. Your page is very well done and there are some nice pictures of you that preceded you on this network. Also thanks for posting your blogs and gigs. Our members are starting to fill up the clubs. Please add me as a friend.
At 3:37am on March 28, 2009, Michele Bensen said…
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Jazz Netwrok site. Times have changed , right? Where was this when we needed it about 40 years ago? Ha Ha. good to see you here Harold.
At 8:35pm on March 27, 2009, DR. LEO CASINO said…
My brother Iam truly honored to be your friend on the Burg Jazz scene. I am going to give you a call when I come to the burg soon.

At 4:50am on March 27, 2009, Harold Betters said…

If you have a Photo-image or Video of Harold Betters (with others also) AND would like to add it to this photo collection, please e-mail Image or Video To; Title email: HB COLLECTION.

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