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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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Roberta Jean Windle replied May 1, 2020 to Scotti Mulert, longtime promoter of diversity and inclusion, passes away at 91

1 May 1, 2020
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"RIP, Mr. Marsalis."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Apr 14, 2020 to Ellis Marsalis, Patriarch Of New Orleans' Most Famous Musical Family, Has Died

8 Apr 14, 2020
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"Too young to become an angel. RIP"

Roberta Jean Windle replied Apr 7, 2020 to Stephen Chatman, Co-Founder Of WYEP's The Soul Show, Dies Of COVID-19

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Roberta Jean Windle replied Apr 1, 2020 to Wallace Roney, Intrepid Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From COVID-19 Complications At 59

2 Apr 1, 2020
Reply by Roberta Jean Windle

"RIP. Prayers for family."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Nov 29, 2018 to Memorial service for John Hughes - Beloved pianist and Member of Local 471 AF of M

2 Nov 30, 2018
Reply by Bob Garvin

"God rest your beautiful soul. You will be missed by many."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jul 19, 2018 to Death of Drummer John "Smitty" Smith

2 Jul 19, 2018
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"God give the Watson Family the strength to accept."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Mar 16, 2018 to We sadly announce the passing of Carol Watson (Judge Warren Watson) last week

2 Mar 16, 2018
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"What a beautiful person. She will always be remembered."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Nov 23, 2017 to Della Reese, Singer and ‘Touched by an Angel’ Star, Dies at 86

1 Nov 23, 2017
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"God rest his young soul."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jul 1, 2017 to Chris Murrell, American Jazz Singer dies at 60

3 Jul 1, 2017
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"I had the great pleasure of hearing the beautiful sounds of Ms. Allen, live. May she…"

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jun 28, 2017 to Geri Allen, Brilliantly Expressive Pianist, Composer and Educator, Dies at 60

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