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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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Happy Birthday Roger Humphries (Dad)

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Happy Birthday Roger Humphries (Dad)

Time: January 30, 2009 to January 31, 2009
Location: Any where you play MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Street: Straight Street
City/Town: Swing Town
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Phone: 412. 537.5753
Event Type: birthday, honor, and, celebration
Organized By: Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell
Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2009

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Let us all Honor and Celebrate Jazz Legend Roger Humphries 65th Birthday. Thank You Roger for all the Music, all the Lessons, helping me become a man in Music and in Life, also developing me into a Jazz Messenger For Ever and Ever !!!!!!!!
Tony Campbell

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Comment by Janelle Burdell on January 31, 2009 at 8:38pm
Happy Birthday Roger! Thanks for all the love, the lessons...(almost always at the club!), the heart to hearts-yea, thanks for 'raising me right'! I feel so blessed to be a part of it ~
Much Love, Happiness, and Health to you! -janelle
Comment by Annie Cosmides on January 31, 2009 at 4:00am
Happy Birthday Roger! You're the GREATEST drummer I've ever known and could only hope to teach the drummers in my High School Marching Band to play one tenth as fine as you. You'll always hold a special place in all of our hearts. I think of you every year on you Birthday/Anniversary! Love, Annie
Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on January 31, 2009 at 2:29am
Roger, Happy birthday!! I really loved playing with you in our old group. giant smile---A wise man told me "age is not how old you are; it's how long you've been on this Earth." Like a fine wine Roger, getting better and better.
Peace and love.
Comment by Rick Dickerson on January 30, 2009 at 6:23pm
Happy Birthday Rodger

You have inspired and touch so many folks. I am honored and proud to be one of them.
Comment by Alexander Peck on January 30, 2009 at 6:12pm
You are forever an inspiration to me. Thank you and Happy Birthday!!!!
Peace & Love,
Comment by George Heid on January 30, 2009 at 4:22pm
Happy Birthday Roger... you have blessed and touched so many souls in the greatest way. And, my brother, you ARE at the height of your artistry.... and you lead a mighty fine church service every Thursday.

George & Son
Comment by Max Leake on January 30, 2009 at 2:59pm
Happy Birthday my Brother!

Love from the bottom of my swing,

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