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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 1:07am on October 29, 2010, Ms. Felecia gave tim max a gift
At 9:43pm on February 16, 2010, Maria Jacobs said…
Thanks Tim...ARe We friends here yet?

Maria JAcobs
At 12:13pm on October 27, 2009, George Heid said…
Hello Tim,

I don't get on the Pittsburgh Jazz site often enough. I do love your music too, my good brother. I hope all is well with your journey in life. I hope our music paths cross in life. Blessings to you,
-George Heid
At 4:06am on September 26, 2009, George Heid said…
thank you brother

At 8:34pm on August 12, 2009, Destiny Muhammad said…
sorry about the delay--- creating work in Oakland, CA
At 7:24pm on July 15, 2009, Lori Jenaire said…
Hello Tim!
At 7:58am on July 14, 2009, Donna & the Skip Peck Trio said…
Hello. is that you singing?
Donna & Skip Peck trio
At 5:30pm on July 12, 2009, Ranjini said…
Thanks for the weekend luv!
At 2:24pm on July 9, 2009, Karen said…
Hi Tim, how are things going? All is well with me. Nice to hear from you, and sorry it took so long for me to reply. KAREN
At 1:50pm on June 24, 2009, JO TONGO said…
Greetings Max Thx 4 stopping on my page

At 4:32am on June 24, 2009, Jody Jaress said…
Well, Hellooooooo right back at ya!

Nice sounds...
At 5:10pm on April 3, 2009, Karen said…
Hello back to you Tim!!! How are you?
Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but I just noticed your message today.
Hope you're having a great day.

At 7:40pm on March 1, 2009, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley said…
Greetings Tim Max!! Stop by when time permits...Check out my show titled "Una Fiesta de Jazz Y Poesia" SOJP, Jazz as poetic Inspiration.
At 3:47am on February 27, 2009, tina said…

At 3:17am on February 27, 2009, Janie Gust said…
Hi Tim, then English it is! I like your music. Have a good evening, Janie
At 3:08am on February 26, 2009, Janie Gust said…
Desole, je comprenais pas ton réponse...est-ce que tu veux dire oui tu parles francais ou non?
At 4:07am on February 25, 2009, Janie Gust said…
Hello Tim, how are you? I don't know any Portuguese, mais tu parles francais? Thanks for stopping by! Best regards, Janie
At 3:00pm on February 24, 2009, Laura Hodge said…
At 2:52pm on February 24, 2009, Laura Hodge said…
Buenas dias!
At 4:24am on February 24, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Thanks Tim! Your music certainly sounds good to me!

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