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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, PA: The Crawford Grill: A Home for Pittsburgh Jazz | Places of Invention

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 18, 2017 at 5:03am


Old man Raleigh Quarles who owned the pool room on Frankstown

 between Brushton and Braddock   came to Homewood in 1956 from

the middle of Wylie Avenue.

He use to tell us that when Bill "Bojangles" Robinson came to town to perform way back,

he loved to gamble play Skin.    But he was barred because when he lost he would pull his gun and take his money  back... And no one would challenge him because he was "Bojangles."  

Raleigh was Bev Stewart's grandfather

---Fred Logan

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 18, 2017 at 5:01am

Of course you are absolutely correct Kevin.  Almost everyone has a camera on their phone yet I don't see us using them much for that purpose.

Comment by Kevin Amos on December 17, 2017 at 8:25pm

When will WE tell our own story?? It is of the utmost importance to capture information on the scene while there are still folks available. The photo's from the Harris collection suffer this fate because the folks who can identify and reminisce are no longer with us. 

Comment by Roberta Windle on December 17, 2017 at 6:16pm

Informative and unfortunate. Lovely music accompaniment. 

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