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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 4:26pm on June 12, 2012, Roger Dannenberg said…

Hi Dave, I hope you get this -- I'd like to say "hi" and I want to refer a student to you. As always, I'm Yours, Roger

At 4:42am on March 20, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
Dave, nice 2012 site, so you looked at Nelson's video? may just sub in this spring, knee from January still hurts, plus I'm fat! wish I would have made the Winter Concert. take care
At 1:06am on February 27, 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 8:40pm on January 8, 2009, Ken Lamison said…
Have you had an opportunity to view that DVD yet?
At 1:21am on September 29, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Dear Dave,
Just wanted to say how nice it was to catch up with you a few weeks ago at Wright's Seaford in Bridgeville. You sounded great and I sure got a kick out of all the musical lines you were laying down. My ears caught it all. I wish you the best. I know you have a very busy schedule, but I hope we can work together some time. It's way too long.
At 10:55pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey Dave
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 10:02pm on September 23, 2008, Miss Freddye said…
Thanks Dave for letting me sing with you on Sunday!!!! That was great! I hope I get another chance to sing with you soon!
At 2:02pm on August 7, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo! Yo! Yo! You're here ~ word. Let's play soon! -j
At 2:29am on August 7, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
david- check out the photo George Jones posted that he took when we were playing in Arkansas- What a sweet memory
At 3:31pm on August 6, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Dave Pellow
So glad to see you here
Miss hearing your music and singing with you (Hopefully that will happen again before long) and watching you teach at CMU-wow(!) your students are very fortunate.

right now I'm still in California taking care of mom. The one year anniversary of my sister Linda's passing (here in Ca.)is coming up fast..still can hardly believe it.. I heard someone say recently that time is the most precious thing we have in this life..I get that.

I hope you are very well and very happy
Thanks for being here
At 10:37pm on March 19, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.

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