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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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Farewell to Arnold "Spider" Rondinelli who passed peacefully early July 10, 2017.

Frank Greenlee photo It's with a sad heart that I write this post, to inform everyone that Spider passed away this morning at 12:30am. I…

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8 Jul 14, 2017
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Obituary: Joe Harris / Jazz drummer played with bebop legends Dec. 23, 1926 -- Jan. 27, 2016

February 1, 2016 12:00 AM Nate Guidry/Post-Gazette Joe Harris, 89; legendary jazz drummer By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Pos…

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7 Feb 10, 2016
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Jazz drummer and impresario Robin G. Horsley passes through transition

HORSLEY ROBIN G.Peacefully on Jan. 12, 2015. Viewing Tue., Jan. 20, 2015, 10-11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Bedford Ave., where Servi…

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0 Jan 18, 2015

Idris Muhammad, Legendary Jazz Drummer, Dead at 74 on July 29, 2014

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2 Aug 11, 2014
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CHARLES BELL, pianist, father of choreographer Linda Imani Barrett & drummer Poogie Bell passes in New York City

Charles Bell was a well-trained classical pianist who graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in the early 1950s.  He turned his a…

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11 Dec 12, 2012
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Norman Humphries, Sr. Memorial Services

Memorial services are being held for Norman Humphries, Sr., father of Greg Humphries and brother of Roger Humphries, at Metropolitan Baptis…

Started by Dr. Nelson Harrison

1 Nov 29, 2012
Reply by Anthony (Tony) Janflone

Leroy K. Wofford Obituary - September 9, 2012

Obituary: Leroy K. Wofford / A life marked by tragedy ends tragically for  singer Died Sept. 9, 2012 September 11, 2012 12:14 am 1/1 Lero…

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10 Oct 2, 2012
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