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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 3:44pm on April 8, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…

Thanks for writing! I am glad you're enjoying the music. Matching visual art along with the music is something I often think about, and your photos are lovely - let's be in touch about this idea. Typically, the group plays in NYC every month, but I've just been so busy putting together our April tour, that I've hardly been able to think about what comes afterwards. Our next show in the city is the tour finale - April, 20 @ Tutuma Social Club in midtown. If you feel comfortable forwarding your email address, I'd be happy to add you to our mailing list, which will ensure that you get a heads up about NYC performances. All my best, Mara
At 4:32pm on January 5, 2010, Devorah Segall said…
Bruce- hi!
I just want to say I really really like your photographs- the one with flowers is transformative- I see so many things in it- like dancers.Many layers. Thanks for sharing them.
At 4:16am on March 28, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

I have been away from my PC for an entire day and just received 52 spam messages from this person. I banned her from the network immediately.
At 3:14am on March 28, 2009, diana bellone said…
thank you for your beautifull words, rigars diana
At 7:33am on March 2, 2009, The Reese Project said…
Thanks for the lead, Bruce! Great photos -- thanks for the one you posted on our page!
At 3:16pm on February 26, 2009, Devorah Segall said…
dear bruce
I just want to say I love your photography.
It vibrates!!
Went to your website to see more- really wonderful.

What a house- wish I could live there!! Good luck with selling it its fantastic.
all the best,
At 3:32am on February 24, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Bruce, thanks for the nice comment. Hoefully I can aquire a few more photos in the future.
At 3:13pm on February 17, 2009, Candid Jazz and Conversations said…
Great to hear from you. I would love to let others know what's happening on the Maine Jazz Scene.

Keep in touch,
At 12:27am on January 8, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hey, I appreciate your good thoughts and wish you the same. I've been enjoying your photos. The portrait of Florence Prebble is outstanding! Let us know when you make it to da Burgh.
At 8:23pm on January 1, 2009, Kathleen Gorman said…
Dear Bruce,
Happy New Year to you and many blessings for 2009.
Your website photography is gorgeous. I am originally from Nova Scotia, so your photos reminded me of home. And thanks for your comments on the songs, so glad you like the music, and if interested the CD is available at .Would be nice to hear your cornet on some of my tunes. Always happy to meet a creative person like yourself. Cheers.
All the best,
At 7:01pm on January 1, 2009, Jessica Lee said…
Hi Bruce - Ahhhh, you have the gift . . . the wisdom of the blues! :) Thank you for your warm wishes and kind words. I too am wishing you and yours the best of the best in 2009! Long live the depth and wonder of the blues . . upwards and onwards!
At 6:51pm on January 1, 2009, Olga Watkins said…
Very nice shots!
Thanks for adding me as a friend.
We'll see you next year!
At 4:26pm on December 30, 2008, Bob Banerjee said…
Hiya Bruce! So glad to hear from you (and thanks for the nice comments)... Looking forward to a little jam time the next time you are in the 'Burgh!
At 2:19pm on December 30, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
Hi Bruce,
Thanks for your kind vote of confidence. I enjoyed your photos and appreciate your sharing them. We do end up at CJ's jam as often as life allows... there is always GREAT music there! Thanks much for taking a minute to say hello
My warmest wishes to you.....Music for your heart and Light for you soul!
At 11:27am on December 29, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Dear Bruce
Thank you for listening and for your thoughtful comments.
I really appreciate that very much.
I don't know when I'll be back in Pgh for a visit, hopefully in the spring.
Let me know if you get to NYC.
I really like the photo on your page.
all the best,
At 11:31am on December 27, 2008, janice lee said…
Hi Bruce,
Nice to Meet you! Like yours too. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year Bruce. Please stop by anytime our main page is always open. I would love to hear some tunes
At 2:30pm on December 25, 2008, John Bixby said…
Right on man, merry xmas and happy holidays to you as well. The world needs more euph players around!
At 5:33am on December 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Bruce,

What a joy to have an aficionado like you among our members. We look forward to your input and commentary as you see fit. This network should keep you abreast of the local jazz happenings so that you may partake in person on your next quick visit. Thank you so much for joining and happy holidays.
At 6:06pm on December 13, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Bruce
Thank you for joining the Pittsburgh Jazz Network!
Have an awesome week!

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