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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 6:31pm on July 24, 2019, Mark Karlick said…

I have something very vital to disclose to you,please get back to me via my private email:( ) for more details Thank your over there friend Mark Karlick.

At 3:35am on March 15, 2011, Barbara Ray said…


Thank  you for your friendship and thank you for stating the facts of how it positively, absolutely should be.



At 7:49pm on December 15, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Irene ! Welcome to Kisses Schru.
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At 3:18am on October 17, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Irene ! Greetings from Cologne/Germany ! Kisses Schru.
At 8:18pm on July 22, 2009, Brother Black said…
I want to thank you Irene for being my friend. It is my pleasure !
I am in the Insurance/Financial/Information Business...and.......
I bet you do sing pretty good in the shower or out !
At 9:20pm on June 4, 2009, Jody Jaress said…
Thanks for joining. Someday I'll figure out how to work these sites... but I am really enjoying meeting so many talented and interesting people.

We'll talk again, Jody
At 7:56am on April 13, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Way to go. I'm looking forward to it.
At 7:12am on April 13, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Perhaps you could add some music from your guy to your page for us to enjoy.
At 4:58pm on April 4, 2009, The Reese Project said…
Hi Irene! I just noticed that on your comment to us you couldn't find our music.
Thanks for the inspiration; I moved it to the top of the page! I didn't know I could do that, but now I know how! So, thanks! Hope you have a great day & that you get to stop by & hear some of our tunes!
At 9:56pm on March 31, 2009, Mona said…
Hello Irene,
Thank you so much and I too look forward to networking with you!!
At 6:16am on March 17, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Irene,

Thank you very much for joining us and sharing your beautiful smile. It's a treat to add another talented artist to our membership. Please add me as a friend.

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