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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 11:40pm on July 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thanks for being a part of it and even more for being a part of our local jazz community. We are fortunate that you chose to make Pittsburgh your home.

One love
At 7:03pm on July 23, 2008, Gwen Davis said…
You are awesome. I will never forget that solo you played on At Last at Tony's jam session at CJ's. Unforgettable.
At 11:01pm on July 19, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
What's up Sean? Welcome!
At 7:04am on July 19, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Sean,

Your presence here has been long awaited but it is my fault for having an old email address to which I sent several invitations. As a budding jazz elder in the community I assure you that your hanging out with us in the community is truly in the tradition that made Pittsburgh a jazz capitol in the last century. Hanging out on this network will only expand that impact and also broaden your familiarity with many of the hidden treasures and lesser known personalities of the tradition. Please invite your students to partake of this resource and add your commentary to the activities and issues as you see fit.

Peace & Love
At 8:21pm on July 18, 2008, david shane said…
....finally you have arrived in cyberspace to the best jazz network on the web! You are the man! Thanks for your continual inspiration....and for being here in Pittsburgh - our Jazz Capital....if you don't see me at the clubs, you know that I'm still listening.....and hearing.....all your sounds and imaginative passages.... peace and love to you and those you love...your fan - david shane

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