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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

Need for Internships at Jazz Workshop, Inc. and Musicians for JWS Jazz Ensemble

Hi All,


I really need your help in finding internships for teaching and performing with the Jazz Ensemble at Jazz Workshop, Inc.


I need interns for the following positions:


Upright/Electric Bass- Teach upright and electric bass and play with the Jazz Ensemble


Violins/Violas- Teach violin and viola classes.


Also, we would like to have a big band and are in need of trumpets and trombones.


I have always been an avid supporter of many jazz musicians on this site, and I would appreciate it if yinz all could give me support in the following ways:


* Help me with referrals for all of the above positions


* Come out and play with the JWS Jazz Ensemble and hang around and take lessons at our JWS School of Music (I have space available for trumpet and trombone students. Also, Tony Campbell is available to teach woodwind students too. And if you can read jazz charts well, yinz can come and play with Tony and me.).


* You never know who may show up at the JWS School of Music- During the last couple years Joe Harris and Nelson Harrison have stopped by, and Floyd King from Ray Charles' Band just recently came and played with the JWS Jazz Ensemble.


Also, Thank You to All The Jazz Musicians Who Have Let Me Sit In With Them And All The Gigs I Played With You All- It's an honor that you have let me be a part of your jam sessions along with all the gigs that we played together on.


And Finally, Thanks for publicly acknowledging me as Artistic Director of Jazz Workshop, Inc..


All classes of the JWS School of Music happen every Saturday from 12 PM - 4:30 PM at the Lower Level of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood at 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  I teach brass lessons(trumpet, flugelhorn,and trombone) from 12 PM to 2:30 PM.


The JWS Jazz Ensemble Meets Every Saturday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM on the Lower Level Auditorium @ CLPGH-Homewood. 


Please Contact Me ASAP on all these positions along with anyone with an interest in taking brass lessons.




Ed Skirtich

Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.

(412) 422-4149 (H)

(412) 841-8046 C) 







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