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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 8:19pm on September 29, 2010, Mandy Mason said…
Thank you for the compliment Dr. Love!! LOL!! Did you happen to have a chance to listen to the music? Have a great week. Hope to hear from you again soon my friend! Mandy Mason

At 4:33pm on August 25, 2010, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
PEACE Dr. Harrison you have to check out Jawan Harris. His song "Nobody" written by my son Tommy Lumpkins have over 2 million hits on and is moving great music in the airways today. Presently I am editing my book entitled, "Treasures In Melanin, Notes From A Man In Blackness Under The Skin." I am looking forward in checking you out in the near future. PEACE STAY INSIDE
At 4:32pm on August 2, 2010, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Nelson
Wanted to call but don't have your numbers anymore
I'm coming to Pgh either the 11th or 12th of Aug for a wedding.
would love to see/hear you.
Its been too long!
my birthday is the 16th- would love to be singing for that- any ideas?
Lets talk!
All the best,
At 1:56am on July 14, 2010, Ms. Felecia gave Dr. Nelson Harrison a gift
Peace and Blessings to you always!!
At 1:53am on July 14, 2010, Ms. Felecia said…

At 7:54pm on July 7, 2010, Dewayne Chandler said…
Hey Nelson, Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement. I'm having a lot of fun with this Ray Charles project. You guys make it easy for me do do my thing. Oh, thanks for the invite to the network I'll be snooping around here for awhile.
At 10:42pm on July 4, 2010, Regina Johnson said…
Could you give a shout out for this new musical venture and maybe check it out yourself.
New Jazz/Jam session at the Galaxy Lounge, Fridays 6-9, next door to Earl the Pearls, 7246 Kelly Street in Homewood.Secure off-street parking. Performers get free food and a drink on the house. July 2nd was the inaugural jam showcasing some awsome talent, like Brian Edwards. Hope you can 'shout it out'. Regina
At 8:52pm on June 29, 2010, De Sayles Grey said…
Hi Nelson,
Again thanks for everything. I appreciate your kindness.

--De Sayles
At 3:58pm on June 24, 2010, Diva JC said…
Nelson, Thanks so much for this network. Here's link to the show you did with me on MUSICWOMAN INTERNET RADIO -

I invite all your members to listen to your wisdom.
Love and Music,
Diva JC
At 2:15pm on June 24, 2010, Alexander Nichols said…
Ignore my previous question. I see that we are friends.
At 2:13pm on June 24, 2010, Alexander Nichols said…
Are we friends? I am not sure I know how to do this.
At 1:28am on June 24, 2010, Jeff Bradley gave Dr. Nelson Harrison a gift
Thank you for every thing. Jeff.
At 5:09am on May 20, 2010, steel city jazz project said…
thank you for the greetings..We are a new jazz band that it trying to build our name in this city..We are playing a gig at whoville bar in carrick may 22 2010.. I have the event up on the bands page is there any way you can push that event out for us so the rest of this network can see it? thanks!
At 12:39am on April 21, 2010, David Collier gave Dr. Nelson Harrison a gift
Don't know where I'd be without you!
At 1:42pm on April 16, 2010, JO TONGO said…

At 11:59pm on April 15, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Brother Nelson,
It's great to be here! I thank you for your kind words and for also recognizing my musical voice. I bought a house back home and am looking forward to sharing my new music and my new direction with everyone. I will officially be back the 1 st week of June. Thank you very much for the feature and I will be bringing my page to life as time progresses. Thanks again!
At 3:16pm on April 12, 2010, Alexander Nichols said…
Thank you good doctor! I need to learn how to post events etc. The music sounds great on your page. You gotta luv all that jazz.
At 3:12pm on April 12, 2010, Alexander Nichols gave Dr. Nelson Harrison a gift
Make it a great day!
At 4:33am on April 8, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…
Dr. Nelson,

Thank you for the welcome! My group and I are thrilled to be kicking off our tour in Pittsburgh next week!

We believe this music is about community, exchange, and human connection & we make it for sharing. So, I hope we'll have the opportunity to share it with you and many others through our performance on April 14!

Take care,
At 3:49am on April 8, 2010, Lisa L said…
The kind words and warm welcome are appreciated! :) Thank-you!

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