PITTSBURGH 3D




Roger Humphries


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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words



As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories.  Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.

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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. Lao Tzu

O Death, Thou shalt not
Break my pride!
As thou art fame to do
With thy icy hands
As I am living here
With all my awakened soul
Being not connected 
To the worldly greed
I have my feet
Measured into three steps
Permanent ground 
For my celestial grave
To whom shalt thou 
Mitigate even an inch?
The space where my tombstone
Wilt be eracted with pride
Though all thy world
Whose senses work under limit
Of time and space
Feels jealous of my lot
O Death, Thou shalt greet me
As a military troop to their leader
Laughing under suppressed voice
At my crowded depature

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

Discussion Forum

Obituary: Howard ‘H.B.’ Bennett / Drummer, founder of Balcony Big Band

Started by Dr. Nelson Harrison Jul 8. 0 Replies

Jan. 6, 1954 - July 6, 2015July 8, 2015 12:00 AM…Continue

Tags: pittsburgh, jazz, network, music, drummer

Obituary: Gunther Schuller

Started by Melissa Jones Jun 22. 0 Replies

The music community lost Gunther Schuller on Sunday. Blending classical music and jazz, he coined the term Third Stream. His collaborations with John Lewis and the MJQ, were extensive and he, along…Continue

Memorial for Habiba Mathew, Soulful Jazz Singer - Widow of Baritone saxophonist/flautist Sahib Shihab

Started by Dr. Nelson Harrison Jun 16. 0 Replies

 Memorial for Habiba Mathew, Soulful Jazz Singer…Continue

Tags: pittsburgh, church, jazz, network, singer

Ornette Coleman, Composer and Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85

Started by Dr. Nelson Harrison Jun 12. 0 Replies

MusicOrnette Coleman, Composer and Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85By…Continue

Tags: jazz, pittsburgh, harmelodics, colemen, ornette

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Comment by Dan Wasson on September 11, 2011 at 10:01am
Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on September 10, 2011 at 8:04pm
Hosea was a lot of fun to play with. I enjoyed his musicianship. He also was very colorful and unique!! God rest his soul.
Comment by Roberta Jean Windle on September 10, 2011 at 6:09pm
God rest the souls of Mr. Green And Mr. Taylor.Thank you for sharing your talents with all.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 10, 2011 at 5:27am
We regret to announce the passing of William Green, elder brother of George Green, who played trumpet at Westinghouse with Albert Aarons and who later switched to drums in the early 50s.  He was a quiet and pleasant spirit, who loved the music and the music community.  Will post details of final arrangements here ASAP.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 10, 2011 at 5:24am
We regret to announce the passing of our dear brother in jazz, Hosea Taylor, Sr., alto saxophonist, mentor, author and historian.  We will post further details as they become known.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 28, 2011 at 2:12am
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 28, 2011 at 2:08am
Memorial for Frank Benjamin Foster, III
Born in Cincinnati, OH
Departed on Jul. 26, 2011 and resided in Chesapeake, VA.

Visitation: Monday, Aug. 1, 2011
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011
11:00 am
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

Frank Benjamin Foster, III, 82, of the 1700 block of Woodgrove Street, Chesapeake, VA, passed away from complications due to kidney failure July 26, 2011, in his home.

A native of Cincinnati, OH, he was a professional musician and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He also was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cecilia Ann Foster; three sons, Anthony K. Foster of San Diego, CA, Donald B. Foster of Los Angeles, CA and Frank B. Foster, IV of Chesapeake, VA; a daughter, Andrea J. Innis of Chesapeake, VA; six grandchildren, Marcus and Brian Foster of California, Carl Bennett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA and Andrew, Cecilia and Raina Innis of Chesapeake, VA; and a host of cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with Pastor Finley O. Jones officiating. The burial will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1485 Kempsville Rd., Virginia Beach, VA Monday, August 1, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Jazz Foundation of America. Condolences may be offered to the family at
Comment by Michele Bensen on June 4, 2011 at 5:51pm
The Pittsburgh music family has lost yet another gifted musician, Lou Brock. Such a talented man with a heart of gold. We will all you miss him. Rest in Peace dear Lou, job well done.
Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on June 1, 2011 at 6:46pm
I will miss you, Lou! Now you'll be singing, having passed, in the Best Place!!
Comment by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on June 1, 2011 at 2:14pm
I first met Lou when he had The Soul Barons, back in the late 60's.  The man was a mentor without really trying to be.  He taught/showed a lot of us younger musicians in and around Homewood, East Liberity, Hill Disitrict and other locales how to conduct yourself on and off the bandstand.   He showed me what it took to entertain folks of all walks of life and race.   I'll miss that big voice of his.........I'll miss him.  But I'll never forget him!

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