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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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"Outstanding talent and a great loss . A lifetime of magnificent uniqueness. RIP"

Roberta Jean Windle replied Feb 25, 2017 to Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

3 Feb 25, 2017
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"The heavens Will beat forever."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jan 31, 2016 to Obituary: Joe Harris / Jazz drummer played with bebop legends Dec. 23, 1926 -- Jan. 27, 2016

7 Feb 10, 2016
Reply by Dr. Nelson Harrison

"A talent like no other. Donna will be missed but never forgotten. It will be an hono…"

Roberta Jean Windle replied Oct 27, 2015 to Donna Davis, "High Priestess of Jazz" passes.

14 Nov 4, 2015
Reply by Dr. Nelson Harrison

"All are blessed to have experienced this talented, beautiful man."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Apr 26, 2015 to Obituary: 'Chizmo' Charles Anderson / Singer known as ‘Pittsburgh’s Elder Statesman of the Blues’ Aug. 11, 1928 - April 21, 2015 April 22, 2015 11:24 PM

4 May 1, 2015
Reply by Barbara Ray

"Rip. I had the pleasure of her talents."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Mar 24, 2015 to Member Anne Robin Friedland passed on sunday MArch 22, 2015

4 Mar 24, 2015
Reply by Anthony (Tony) Janflone

"God rest her beautiful soul. She is a major loss to the music community."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jan 14, 2015 to Pittsburgh loses pitch-perfect jazz voice with death of Maureen Budway

9 Jan 18, 2015
Reply by Michele Bensen

"So very soulful. God watch over him."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Jan 14, 2015 to Pittsburgh Jazz Community laments the passing of guitarist Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon

5 Jan 15, 2015
Reply by Phat Man Dee

"God be with this angels soul and comfort her family and friends."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Nov 1, 2014 to Charlotte Ella Batch Nelson - Mother of Steve Nelson and former owner of The Crazy Quilt Dies at 83

1 Nov 1, 2014
Reply by Roberta Jean Windle

"God rest his soul. Now the angels will be joined by one of the greats."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Nov 1, 2014 to Veteran jazz guitarist and mentor Henderson Thomas, Sr. dies at 84

5 Jan 5, 2015
Reply by Dr. Nelson Harrison

"God rest the souls of all those whom have gone before us."

Roberta Jean Windle replied Sep 11, 2014 to Gerald Wilson dies at 96; multifaceted jazz musician

2 Sep 11, 2014
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