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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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Claudio Roditi, Brazilian Trumpet Virtuoso with a Warm and Lyrical Style, Has Died at 73

By NATE CHINEN • 21 HOURS AGO TwitterFacebookGoogle+Email Claudio Roditi, in an undated photograph taken at the Vienne Jazz Festival in…

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

January 19, 202012:59 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered TOM VITALE 3-Minute Listen Saxophonist, composer and arrange…

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September 30th, 2019  Dear Friends:I'm thinking about Harold Mabern.  Harold died unexpectedly at age 83 last Tuesday to the shock of the J…

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WARREN LUCKEY, PLAYED SAX WITH LEGENDS OF JAZZ (Father of member Paulette Luckey Silver)

WARREN LUCKEY, PLAYED SAX WITH LEGENDS OF JAZZ By Christian Salazar, Staff Writer Warren Luckey, a saxophonist who was present at the bir…

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Hamiet Bluiett, Legendary Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 78

OCTOBER 5, 2018 2:50PM PT Hamiet Bluiett, Legendary Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 78 By VARIETY STAFF Hamiet Bluiett, Legendary Jazz Sax…

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Well loved and respected pianist Don Depaolis passes at 71.

DON'S OBITUARY Don DePaolis, a noted pianist and composer in Pittsburgh’s jazz community for the past five decades, passed away March 20th…

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Pianist member Michael Vincent Murray passes through transition.

Michael Vincent Murray, 41, died on May 9, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born to Sharon L. Murray and the late Edward…

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Don "JazzDon" Cerminara bids farewell at 87. R.I.P.

CERMINARA DONALD E. Age 87, of Green Tree, on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Beloved husband, of 63 years, of Rose Marie (Staine) Cerminara; l…

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R.I.P. Ronald "Butch" Perkins - Jazz DJ and Archivist (WYEP/WDUQ)

Funeral services: Calvary Baptist Church (across from Jones Funeral Home) 2629 Wylie Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 11 am

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2 Mar 8, 2019
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Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81

Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81 December 14, 20185:25 AM ET DOREEN MCCALLISTER Grammy-w…

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