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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 11:46pm on March 4, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Max,

No need to tell you how to best use the network. You sounded great at the Roger Humphries tribute concert. I know it was a ball for you and a treat for us.
At 6:58pm on March 3, 2008, Opie Bellas said…
Hey Max, Great to be back in touch. I have a copy of Sandy's Cd and you sound just as great as ever. Great arrangements, great sound...everything.
At 5:56pm on March 3, 2008, stephen boyd said…
Hey Max, Good to hear from you! Do you have any plans to come back out to LA with that singer I heard you with @ Spazios? What happened with that cd? I'm sure your playing better than ever. Wish I could have made that tribute for Roger. Who plays with you in that band? I'm going to try and make it back in the spring.Take care, Tell Roger I said Hi
At 4:24pm on March 3, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
opps! to make me a website too. Ha
At 4:23pm on March 3, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hey Max,
Welcome to the PJN! A great place to keep in touch with the local jazz scene and some folks that are real jazz supporters as well as relocated musicians. Your website is great, wish I could afford you to my one for me too!
Be well and talk to you soon,

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