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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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Comment by J. Malls on November 24, 2014 at 1:39am

Larry McGee!!

Comment by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on November 23, 2014 at 6:03pm

Thanks for posting this and letting some of the young 'cats' know something about another wonderful Pittsburgh talent.  'Butch' is as nice of a guy off stage as he is on.   Back in the day he hired me to help him and his band support  a local vocal group that toured nationally, called THESE GENTS; when they performed at the Encore in Shadyside.  I just came home from 'Nam' and really wasn't ready to be back on anybody's stage.  But Larry was patient, tolerant and forgiving.   McGee and I are still friends and call each other often.

Comment by Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. on November 23, 2014 at 12:16am

Thanks Nelson for re-posting The Larry McGee Bio.  I would like to endorse the great talent of Larry as well.  I had the opportunity of working with Larry when he led the band for one of Pittsburgh's "sleeper" female singing groups "Sisterhood (Tina Thompson, and sisters Cookie and Gloria Williams)," which I was the manager of.   Larry is multi-talented and can really play that guitar, and I'm glad that he continues to share his gifts with the world.   Again, thank you Nelson for keeping the memory of Pittsburgh's great talents alive and thanks to Larry McGee, especially for your time with "Sisterhood." 

Comment by Eugene Woody Smith on April 15, 2008 at 3:17am
I whole heartly agree with Nelson.
I`m proud of you Larry!!
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 13, 2008 at 2:22am

I greatly appreciated you sending me this clip last year. I am thrilled that you posted it on the network for all to see. We're really proud of you and your accomplishments. I never knew you sang so well. ;-)
This is an outstanding video bio and you are a superb artist.

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