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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 11:09pm on October 31, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Linda Morgan,

Our prayers are with the victims and families of all  those who have been touched by this destructive natural disaster.

May Our Lord give them strength to live through this difficult test.



At 10:48pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Living Legends JaZzabrations a gift
At 4:58pm on August 25, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Hi Linda and welcome to the network.I will take at look at your concept and get back to you .

All My Best
At 2:30pm on April 2, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
I'm afraid my list might be very very long...I appreciate the assistance in building the information necessary for Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History. Even the basics of Who you know from Pennsylvania,born or had an influence on other Pa musicians, Where in Pa, What they accomplished as a few of the details of information we seek.
Soon we will have a wiki for groups of 4 or 5 can edit , add, confirm facts, so we would publish on line. We can not copy and paste an other's intellectual p[roperty. I'll keep you posted
At 4:05am on March 16, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
My personal interest in music has always been eclectic. My opinion the best era in American music was 1955-1963 Now that I'm expanding my horizons to include all Pennsylvanian Musicians and Disc Jockey's from the Commonwealth. I maybe missing someone, in a specific genre since we begin from 1750ish to today.
The concept of the virtual museum has been very successful in Louisiana, after 5 plus years they have built a network to support a brick and mortar building. For now factual info about artists is what we will be posting when we showcase our new web site later this year.
Please encourage your Pennsylvania friends to nominate and provide bios and discographies of native Pennsylvanians
At 6:11am on January 25, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
If you would join us at pmmbh home on Face book and encourage others.
If we can develop a body of like minded individuals we have a shot at procuring grants for interviews for archival purposes. I would imagine many of Dr Nelson's followers of Jazz may have such interviews in thier personal favorites. When I was in Pittsburgh at the (sp) Benniden Theater for PBS taping I gathered several great interviews with Hank Ballard and Betty Everett. What is key with our plan is to focus on Pennsylvanians. Please Blog on our web site
At 4:13am on October 17, 2009, tim max said…
have a nice weekend , lot kiss
At 2:03pm on October 5, 2009, Doug Jackson said…
It is so good to see a classes lady again.
Sir D.J.
The Horn
At 5:39pm on April 24, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 10:08pm on April 11, 2009, DR. LEO CASINO said…
I love Long Beach, how are you ?

At 4:47am on December 27, 2008, Bruce C said…

Merry Christmass...Happy New year!....keep up your great work...big hug from the rock coast of Maine...please mail me some sunny warm southern California warm air....sooo cold here...but we play our jaz hot through the keep the love flowin'....all my best to you...bc
At 2:33pm on September 22, 2008, Dr Rock said…
Hope You're Having a Great Week !

At 6:11pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz
At 8:42pm on September 13, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Of course the answer is yes. However, it's not at all new. Smooth jazz is over 100 years old. It's what jazz players play when they play for dancers. e.g. When I was with Count Basie, we had one book for concerts and another book for dances. It's the same people playing the same African American conceived music with a slightly different dialect or accent if you will.

The journalists over the years have labeled and re-labeled it until many think that there are distinct genres of music. In fact, unfortunately among the jazz pedagogy of today and the marketplace, people are learning music as though the genres labels are real. It's all the same music. There are only 12 notes in the Western Musical Scale. The Africans twisted and bended them to conform more closely to their native scales which produced the blues based sound of American music that did not exist in European music before then. I'll post a photo of the African American Music tree compiled by my friend Dr. Portia Maultsby of Indiana U. in Bloomington that will illustrate the point. Remember... the Funk Brothers who played n all the Motown hits were all jazz musicians. Thanks for asking.
At 8:35am on September 12, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Linda,

We are so glad to have you join us. You will find much new and interesting music on this network that perhaps will become a part of your favorite list. Please make some new friends and offer some commentary.

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