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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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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…

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1 Nov 29, 2012
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Bassist bill Berinsky passes on Sunday October 14, 2012

We have lost another Pittsburgh musician this past Sunday evening:  Bill Berinsky... the brother of Paul Berinsky.  Bill was a very talente…

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3 Oct 18, 2012
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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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Obituary: Thomas Pastorius made craft beer popular here with Penn Brewery

  September 10, 2012 12:48 am By Annie Siebert / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Thomas Pastorius spent more than a decade in Germany -- once duri…

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2 Sep 16, 2012
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What is Death?

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1 Aug 25, 2012
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BROCK, RICHARD T. "MASAI"  Age 84, of Churchill, peacefully on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Beloved husband of Lorena Brock; father of Roderick…

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0 Aug 23, 2012

Pittsburgh native bassist BOB BABBITT - One of the last surviving members of the Funk Brothers,

Bob Babbitt, the backbone of Tamla Motown Wednesday 18 July 2012 11.42 EDT   Email:,   Bob Babbitt at the Royal Fe…

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1 Aug 21, 2012
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HOGEL NORBERT P. "NORM" JR. Age 58, of Brookline, on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, after surgery for a fatal brain…

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2 Aug 12, 2012
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DOWE ANDREA JOYOf Verona, made Heaven her home on July 29, 2012. Beloved mother of Brandilyn Y. Dumas, Rachel A. Dumas, Justin E. Dumas, Jo…

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1 Aug 3, 2012
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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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