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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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Richie Cole 1948–2020

Richie Cole 1948–2020 The revered alto saxophonist kept the spirit of bebop alive through challenging times UPDATED MAY 25, 2020  – BYMICHA…

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Saxophonist Lee Konitz Dies At 92

Saxophonist Lee Konitz Dies At 92 NEWS, COVID-19, OBITUARY, LEE KONITZ By DownBeat   I  Apr. 15, 2020 Lee Konitz performs at the Blue No…

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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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0 Sep 18, 2019

Phil Woods, legendary alto saxophonist who gave one more great performance here in early September, dies at 83

September 29, 2015 6:53 PM 0 inS Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Phil Woods, the alto saxophonist and NEA jazz master who played as recently…

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2 Sep 30, 2015
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Ron "George" Hall affectionately known to musicians as Rev. Ron passes at 87.

RONALD "GEORGE" HALL Age 87, of the Hill District. Passed away suddenly on July 23, 2012. Son of the late Anna Margarite and Sellars Hall;…

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1 Aug 3, 2012
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