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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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"R.I.P. Dr. Proctor."

Roberta Windle replied Feb 11 to Dr. Ralph Proctor, famed historian, author, professor, passes

6 Mar 12
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"RIP, John."

Roberta Windle replied Dec 11, 2021 to Pittsburgh's premier Bassist/Artist John W. Heard passes at 83

12 Jan 4, 2022
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"RIP Mr. Pryor."

Roberta Windle replied Aug 25, 2021 to Drummer Fred Pryor of Pittsburgh passes at 88

13 Aug 29, 2021
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"RIP, Curtis. "

Roberta Windle replied May 18, 2021 to Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 86

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Roberta Windle replied Dec 2, 2020 to Anicet Mundundu, African drum master and ethnomusicologist, dies at 62

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"What a wonderful man and musician. It is a pleasure to have enjoyed knowing such a g…"

Roberta Windle replied Oct 14, 2020 to Harold-Betters-was-known-Mr-Trombone, dies at 92

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"RIP "

Roberta Windle replied Jun 17, 2020 to Longtime Pittsburgh politician Bill Robinson passes

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Roberta Windle replied Jun 10, 2020 to Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies

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Roberta Windle replied May 30, 2020 to THE FINAL CURTAIN: Dr. Vernell Lillie, founder of Kuntu Repertory Theater, dies at 89

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Roberta Windle replied May 27, 2020 to Bassist Henry Grimes Dies at 84

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