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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 musician and educator for
35+ years
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Chuck Austin
Roger Humphries
Sean Jones
Dwayne Dolphin
Max Leake
Tim Jenkins
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Wherever I can hear good jazz.
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Great supporter of jazz and the history of jazz venues and performers, as it relates to Pittsburgh. Retired educator and strong believer in passing as much information and history to our young people so as to continue the rich heritage of Pittsburgh musicians and their contributions.

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At 8:19pm on July 30, 2011, Aaron Jackendoff said…
3rd St Gallery in Carnegie Aug 6th 8pm-11pm, I think it may be $10 and you bring your own food and drink.

I'm shooting Don Aliquo, Mark Perna and band.

I'm only in town for a short wile until the end of Aug. I may be taking a trip to NYC in there as well.

Hope all is well with you.
At 12:38am 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 7:39pm on November 24, 2008, Maurice G. Eldridge said…
I'm working at home today so you can reach me at that number.
At 7:05pm on November 24, 2008, Maurice G. Eldridge said…
Harry, please give me a call. Maurice Eldridge:
610-328-1173 = home
610-328-8312 = work
610-256-2457 = cell
At 3:01am on August 6, 2008, Kevin Amos said…
Welcome Dr. Clark!!
At 5:33am on March 1, 2008, George Heid said…
Hello friend,

I think all is quiet on the Western Front

At 7:46pm on February 25, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Welcome to the PJN Harry.
Great way to keep in touch with everyone. Much love to you and your family. Hope to see you soon.
Love, Michele

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