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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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       In Her Own Words


Just received a shocking phone call from Mike Fahn. Mike informed me that Jerry Neiwood was a passenger of the plane that went down in Buffalo. Jerry was on his way to Buffalo to play a gig with Chuck Mangione. Big loss!

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Gerry is a tremendous loss. This crash brought another sad loss to the jazz world, too. Coleman Mellett was also on the plane. Coley had been Chuck Mangione's guitarist for last 10+ years and I had the honor of playing with him and being his friend in college when he attended Duquesne University for 2 years back in the early '90's. Some of you probably knew him. He was a great guy with a big heart and he loved to swing. RIP.
My sympathies to those feeling these losses.
So sorry to hear about Jerry R.I.P. we will miss hearing him!!!!!!!!!!!! My deepest simpathy to the Neiwood family as well as the Jazz community!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Deepest sympathies goes to the Mangione family as well two unfortinate loses to our community!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great musician, I remember him with Chuck Mangione and his own group 'TIMEPIECE' in the 70s. Terrible news my condolences- kh
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Dear NJJS Subscribers:

It is with deep sorrow that we report the cancellation of the Jeanie Bryson show

in Trenton scheduled for Saturday, February 14th.

Our community is saddened to learn that guitarist Coleman Mellet (Jeanie's

husband) and saxophonist Gerry Niewood were killed in yesterday's Buffalo plane


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeanie and her family, and the Niewood


The New Jersey Jazz Society
I knew Gerry. He was a great musician and a warm and caring human being. What a loss to music and the families of Gerry and Coleman Mellet.

God rest their souls,

Yes, It is a sad loss of two wonderful spirits. It reminds us all to enjoy each fleeting moment and try our best to be a positive force. A heavy price to pay for a lesson.


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