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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 8:13pm on October 17, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Welcome ! Nice to meet you Greetings from Schru, Cologne/Germany
At 11:50pm on October 7, 2009, C said…
Enjoyed the show. Remind me where you will you be this weekend.

I'll try to bring a crowd.
At 9:45pm on September 25, 2009, LEE ROBINSON said…
Antoinette..... It was Great to meet you at Auberle fund raiser.
That was a cool Sweetest Taboo. We are practically neighbors!
At 7:54pm on September 1, 2009, C said…
How kind of you. It was a joy to hear and meet you and I look forward to future performances.
At 2:05am on September 1, 2009, Brother Black said…
Hey Antoinette..thanks for being my Jazz Buddy.
With a voice like yours, I'm glad you are singing !
At 11:06pm on July 16, 2009, C said…
I just became familiar with you and ordered your CD from Amazon.
Fantastic. I hope to see you live in the area. Keep us all posted.
At 4:28pm on January 29, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Antoinette
Thank you for joining the Pittsburgh Jazz Network!

At 2:43pm on January 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
That sounds exciting Antoinette. I'm looking forward to it. Norman just recorded another local diva last year... Sheena Berkley. Larry McGee is a member of this network who used to work with Norman. You may know him.
At 3:34am on January 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Antoinette,

We are impressed with your spirit and your profile. Thank you so much for sharing and for joining. We will feature your profile when you post a profile picture and some sounds. Looking forward to enjoying more of you.

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