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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 4:33am on December 28, 2009, Donna Bailey said…
Hi Shawnee....Jason Hollar's Grandmother wrote the lyrics and Jason wrote the music. He is my bass player and music director. It's a moving tune.
I'm glad you like it. Happy New Year, Girlfriend!
At 4:02pm on October 26, 2009, lorraine cook said…
Hey my sista,

My surgery went well and I think Celeste will be doing the training, but it depends how I feel if I make the training. If nothingelse I'll see you on election day.
At 10:06am on October 25, 2009, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
Thank you Shawnee! Every time I hear you sing it puts me into highest pleasurable dream state levels !!! Now if I could only remember tomorrows PA lottery number the next time I hear you sing!!! sincerely Dr B
At 2:52am on October 25, 2009, Nancy & Jim said…
Hey, there....just got onto the computer and got youzes message.....are you done working or are you finishing out this semester?? you will really enjoy retirement.....hope to see you soon.....
At 11:53pm on October 24, 2009, Aaron Jackendoff said…
Hi Shawnee, Great to hear from you

I'll be back in the burgh for Thanksgiving, but for how long and when exactly that is I don't know, I still have to figure out rides and stuff back from Rochester.

Right now I suffice with a Jazz Radio station, I know there's jazz in Rochester itself, but I'm in a suburb, with a terrible bus system

Hopefully I can make it you you singing then.

Hope all is well
At 7:22pm on October 24, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Shawnee! Good to hear from you! I'll definitely try to make it to see you at Little E's. Keep me informed as to anywhere else you're working. I'll be with The Old School Band at C.J.'s tonight from 9:00 to 1:00. It would be great to see you there. Hopefully, you can come, and maybe sing something with us.
At 7:21pm on October 24, 2009, The Phoenix Jazz Project said…
hey Shawnie...we're here in town now. And actually October has been slow for us. I think our next gig is November 19th at the Westmoreland Jazz Society. Are you anywhere soon?

Great to hear from you!!!

At 1:10am on August 9, 2009, Nancy & Jim said…
Hi, Shawnee......Jim and I were really glad to see you on Tues. at Katz Plaza and Little E's.......hope to see you again soon.....let us know where you will be singing....we would love to be there!!!
At 3:01pm on January 4, 2009, Ahveekhy said…
Shawnee enjoyed hearing you sing last night. I have some of the session uploaded on my page. come by and check it out. Peace Ahveekhy
At 3:37am on January 4, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
I enjoyed sitting-in with you...
At 3:42am on November 14, 2008, Delim Jamar said…
Hi Shawnee contact me at my e-mail address. Yes I have a copy of that set.
At 10:53pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Shawnee,
Thanks for joining the PittsburgJazz Network!
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 3:07am on September 25, 2008, Delim Jamar said…
Hi Shawnee, great hearing from you!! I'm sure I have it packed up somewhere. I will locate it and contact you. I now live in the Atlanta area for the past 2 yrs. Talk to you soon.
At 2:18am on September 25, 2008, Jagsu said…
Hey Shawnee, I'm glad we got the chance to play together again the other week. Great to hear your voice, and love that rhythm!
At 2:06am on September 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Shawnee,

I am very pleased (read flabbergasted) that you have joined us finally. I bet that you will soon wonder what took you so long when you discover how easy it is to do marvelous things here. I look forward to you posting some of your exciting sounds for the members to hear. Your picture has preceded you on this network if you can find it. ;-) Thanks for joining.

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