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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 11:20pm on April 6, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 11:19pm on April 6, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 11:18pm on April 6, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 6:25pm on August 27, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Dennis,

It was really great jammin' with you last night.

You really did a great job as the M.C. and led the trio real well.

Also, the arrangements and tempos of each tune were pretty neat too.

It's nice that us WVU alumni can continue to take jazz to another level.

Also, if you may ever need me for any gigs just call.

Lookin' forward to jammin' with you again at Calli's.


Ed Skirtich
Trumpet Player
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 9:57pm on October 3, 2009, Garl Germany III said…
To the Pocket Protector
If can you get some time can I get your phone # I would like to talk with you. Are you playing anywhere soon mayve I can come and hear you play.
May blessing keep coming your way
At 6:08pm on July 13, 2009, Richard Williams said…
YO D: May the Creator continue to bless u with HIS Prescence in ALL your musical endeavors!-Reezy
At 1:46pm on January 14, 2009, Tanisha said…
Likewise, ace. I'm headed out of town in a couple weeks, but dude, gotta make it happen.

If you're playing somewhere anytime soon, give me a heads up. In the meantime, feel free to email @


Ms. T
At 2:22pm on January 9, 2009, Tanisha said…
Happy New Year P-Squared - wishing you success and all the rest for '09.


Ms. T
At 3:24pm on December 13, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
Hey man! It's been nice to see you out at all the sessions! I look forward to hearing you more!
At 2:49pm on October 29, 2008, Tanisha said…
Hey there PP - I've been swamped! Detroit a couple wks ago, and headed to LV for a client's performance. Catch up with ya. Ciao, Ms. T
At 12:17am on September 25, 2008, Tanisha said…
Hi PP - I don't think we've ever met, and I'm Tanisha. Ha! I don't know how this pic got chopped off, though. Oops! on The Jazz Network (another "ning" type thing) I have more pics.


At 5:53am on September 24, 2008, Tanisha said…
nice turn of phrase your name is. Thanks for reaching out. Peace...
At 2:35am on September 24, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome My Brother,

We are now getting somewhere with young spirit warriors like you in the house. Now you are here and the rest will make history. Now I'll post the Cobham pix.
At 11:34pm on September 23, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo! Luv da moniker!!!! I knew it was you without even lookin' Hahahaha! Great seeing and hearing you last week at AVA! Yea boi! Your hunger is an inspiration! Know it. ;) Diggin' deep into spirit myself my friend. Holla when you're around next--you gotta come by my studio sometime ~ smiles, -janelle
At 7:33pm on September 23, 2008, Pocket Protector said…
ummmm.....okay..count the song off!
At 6:42pm on September 23, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Dennis,
Thanks for joining. Ceom check out my rhythm world!
Have an awesome week!
Be blessed,

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