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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Festival "Yes It Can,...Be" digg

Started by Christopher Dean Sullivan. Last reply by Maryellen Hayden Jun 11, 2009. 34 Replies

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Comment by Shawn Cohen on September 5, 2015 at 11:50am

There should be Jazz in Pgh year round, all the time and well known about so having a Jazz Festival where the locals and the Greats meet is a no brainer, of course!!! Let's make this happen! Pgh=Jazz, one and the same, isn't it? It always was so why not again? I am all for it. 

Comment by Don Cerminara on September 26, 2011 at 10:37pm
of course there should...anything at all to keep it alive.  And, we have enough good musicians in Pgh area to make it viable.
Comment by ian kane on May 15, 2011 at 2:49am

is a pittsburgh jazz festival similar to the "jazz crawl" they have next week?


Comment by ian kane on May 15, 2011 at 2:49am
Yeah.. I moved here a couple of years ago because of the jazz scene here..
Comment by Ricco J.L.Martello on October 9, 2010 at 12:07am
Hey check out the story I wrote on Roy Ayers and Tom Brown
Comment by Don Cerminara on August 31, 2010 at 12:36am
Its not a question of whether or not we should have a jazz festival; of course we should...but, is it feasible! Attendance questionable. The cost of bringin' in "worthy" performers. And....the watered down versions of JAZZ...I fear would be brought in..would make it a joke. Hope Im wrong. I'd be glad to be wrong..but I dont think so. When I converse with various people at CJ s or Little E's about jazz...Im amazed at some of the names that come up. They are commercially successful...but hard jazz players...they are not. We DO have some good players around town....real good...but, yuh gotta bring a couple NAMES in...and surround them with local rythmn sections, to make it economically feasible. There are many many names out there, who would "blow the roof off"!!!...Strictly personal, opinions. I grew up on "the hill"...and was introduced to real jazz a Crawford Grill...and just love it so. I hate to see it diluted!!
Comment by Ricco J.L.Martello on August 30, 2010 at 3:31am
Well lets see if you go to any Jazz museum or African American museum in the country you will find Jazz GREATS from right here in the Burgh Yinz Digg dats right the Burgh has Native Yinzerz in Museums and history centers around the country and they came from right here and we do have so much talent here in the burgh it would be a shame if there wasnt but ukno money money money support support support
Comment by Pete Humphries on June 24, 2010 at 12:14am
Yes by all means, if any city is worthy of a jazz festival, it is truly the
Burgh. Pittsburgh is the only city I know of that is manufacturing young, gifted and talented musicians as it did years ago. I'm I being bias; of course I am, because its my hometown. Go, Go, Go for it Pittsburgh.
Comment by George V Johnson Jr. on June 23, 2010 at 5:20pm
Yes, there should be a Pittsburgh Jazz Festival. I'd love to do a tribute to the great "EDDIE JEFFERSON".
Comment by Don Cerminara on June 23, 2010 at 5:35am
Certainly...but i doubt you'll get much audience participation. who will u bring in to play? I mean, ECONOMICS enters the situation. A suggestion??? You can cut costs by bringin' in a true jazz man...sans his group. We can supply a fine rythmn section from right here in Pgh!

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