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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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Pittsburgh Connection
i lived in pittsburgh for the majority of my formative years and it's where I first became seriously involved with music
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I could state all the obvious legendary greats....Your George Bensons, your Stanley Turrentines, Lena Hornes, Ahmad Jamal, etc...but instead I'll give a shout out to a few of the awesome players who had a hand in my personal development as a musician: folks like Howie Alexander, Paul Thompson, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin...hell, this list could be just as long!
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
K-Jazz out of long beach California
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I was always kinda partial to James Street over on the North Side but I don't know if it's there anymore.....the Balcony was nice too back in the day....As far as clubs that are open now I guess I'll have to go with CJ's in the strip! Just wish I could get back to the burgh more often.
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I am a graduate of CAPA's music department where I began learning to play bass. after that, I attended Clarion university of Pa. and minored in music. I moved out to southern california to pursue a career in performance and now perform in a number of bands, most notably Metal/Funk band Year of the Dragon and Soul/Funk/Jazz band Upstart
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At 5:56pm on February 5, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Elliot;


I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage - where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).



P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

At 4:26pm on January 29, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Elliot
Thank you for joining the Pittsburgh Jazz Network!

At 3:13pm on January 26, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Elliot,

We are so glad you found us. I remember you and I am glad to learn you are pursuing your musical career. Being connected here will enable you to never feel far away from home and your musical friends, many of whom are members as well. We invite you to use your page to promote yourself and communicate publicly or privately with your friends. you can also post sounds and sights very easily as you will see others are also doing. Thank you for joining.

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