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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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"So sorry. Praying with love and concern."

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Nov 27, 2021 to Jill West, Pittsburgh blues dynamo and pediatric nurse, dies at 68

1 Nov 27, 2021
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"RIP Mr. Fuller. You said what you had to say. Thank you."

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied May 12, 2021 to Curtis Fuller, Leading Trombonist Of Jazz's Detroit Wave, Dies At 86

8 May 25, 2021
Reply by Dr. Nelson Harrison

"RIP old friend. You always were a real Jazz supporter!!"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Jan 17, 2021 to Dedicated jazz fan and supporter Leonard Granville Mack 1927 - 2021 will be missed

5 Jan 17, 2021
Reply by Michele Bensen

"So sorry Nelson."

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Jan 15, 2021 to Farewell to my dear friend and frat brother I. N. Rendall Harper, Jr.

1 Jan 15, 2021
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"I remember Lou back in the day. I was doing some gigs with Opie Bellas and Lou would…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Dec 3, 2016 to Obituary: Louis 'Lou Tracey' Mastracci, Jr. / Wrote lyrics for local jazz performers

1 Dec 3, 2016
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"What a beautiful musician and person. Her spirit was quiet and playing spoke out. I…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Oct 27, 2015 to Donna Davis, "High Priestess of Jazz" passes.

14 Nov 4, 2015
Reply by Dr. Nelson Harrison

"So sorry to hear this news. Worked with Annie quite a few times. She was extremely t…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Mar 24, 2015 to Member Anne Robin Friedland passed on sunday MArch 22, 2015

4 Mar 24, 2015
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"Greatly enjoyed Mr. Terry's work with Oliver Nelson and Wes Montgomery along with ma…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Feb 26, 2015 to Clark Terry ascends to join and enhance Gabriel's Band.

6 Apr 4, 2021
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"R.I.P. Shotgun. You will be missed. Your music will live on. Rest in the arms of the…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Jan 14, 2015 to Pittsburgh Jazz Community laments the passing of guitarist Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon

5 Jan 15, 2015
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"Another Pittsburgh legend has passed. I met Mr. Henderson when I first started to pl…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Nov 1, 2014 to Veteran jazz guitarist and mentor Henderson Thomas, Sr. dies at 84

5 Jan 5, 2015
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