Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A group of Pittsburgh jazz artists, aficionados and historians gathered in the cultural district Tuesday night to search through old photographs taken by Teenie Harris in an effort to identify the people and places in the pictures. All the shots were taken at Pittsburgh jazz clubs dating back to the 1930’s. Musician and composer Nelson Harrison was among those helping to identify the faces. He says this history was almost lost. He says many of those who could have helped write the city’s jazz history have died or are no longer able to help with a project like this. He says only now are people starting to ask the right questions and recording the answers. Harrison says it was helpful to have several people looking at the pictures because their thoughts would job the memories of the others around the table leading to more positive identifications.