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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 1:30am 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 6:45am on May 21, 2008, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
Hey Bob,...I trust all is well...Yeah my brotha' it's been a while. Everythang is going well, here in New York. I'm upstate, about and hour north of the city,...however, I'm in the city just about every day. Doing grant work on a program I created...Character Development and Conflict Resolution through the Psychology of Sound and well as performing and traveling quit a lot...Let me know when you get setteled in S.C. ...Let's stay in touch...peace
At 3:15am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hi Bob,
Nice to meet you here, thanks for the friendship.
At 6:51am on April 22, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Also thank you for becoming Member# 250.
At 6:51am on April 22, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Great to speak with you today. Thank you for joining. Easy wasn't it? Please browse around the member pages and posts to see the possibilities. There is quite a bit of capability on this platform. Look at all the buttons and see for yourself. If you ever want to start your own network like I did this one, just click at the top of your page just click on "Create your own network" at the top of your page.

I'll invite you to the Global and the Jazz Networks also.



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