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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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    Duke Ellington's "Caravan"Live Excerpt
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    "Timon of Athens" -Duke Ellington
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    "Ju-Ju"-by Wayne Shorter
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    Softly as in a Morning Sunrise-Oscar Hamerstein/Sigmund Romberg
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    Of Moon and Sand-by Alec Wilder & Morty Palitz
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    Interstellar Hymn-by Andy Bianco
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    Pannonica-by Thelonius Monk
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    Southern Cross-by Andy Bianco
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    All or Nothing at All Solo Excerpt (short)
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    Breath-by Andy Bianco
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    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes-by Paul Anka
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    Anthem-by Andy Bianco
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    Body n' Soul-by Urbie Green
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    All the Things You Are-by Jerome Kern

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Jazz guitarist Andy Bianco was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He started studying jazz guitar with Joe Negri at age 17 and attended the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies, studying and performing with Nathan Davis and Mike Taylor as well as the Pitt Jazz Ensemble. Bianco went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with a degree in Performance. He has studied privately and/or in group settings with Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Tiger Okoshi, Wayne Krantz, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Nathan Davis, Joe Negri, Eric Susoeff, Tony Janflone Sr., Jimmy Ponder and Thomas Blobner. He has performed and/or recorded with Bob Moses, David Tronzo, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Spider Rondinelli, Kenny Blake, Don Aliquo Sr. & Jr., Lou Schreiber, Jay Willis, George Jones, Robbie Klein, Mike Taylor, Paul Thompson, Mike Murray, Jacob Yoffee, Greg Humphries, M.A.J.I., Tony & Don DePaolis, Andrew Kirk, Nathan, Alex and Skip Peck, James Johnson III and has been a clinician at the Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar Sessions.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Jimmy Ponder, Roger Humphries and the R.H. Factor, Kenny Blake, Don Aliquo Sr. & Jr., Lou Schreiber, Joe Negri, Jay Willis, Eric Susoeff, Mark Lucas, Dave Throckmorton, Dwayne Dolphin, Azucar, Sean Jones, Mike Murray, Jacob Yoffee, the Peck family, Jeff Lashway, Tony DePaolis, Andrew Kirk, James Johnson III, Howie Alexander, George Jones, Greg Humpries, Paul Thompson, Jeff Grubbs, Poogie Bell, Reggie Watkins, Chris Hemingway, to name a few.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ 90.5
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Gullifty's, CJ's
About Me:
I am very grateful to my family for supporting me and I am very lucky to have been born and raised in a city with such a warm, vibrant, close knit jazz community as well as a rich musical history. I also take great pride in being a part of this wonderful jazz community. Thank You Pittsburgh!
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At 12:25am on April 17, 2010, Nathan Peck said…
Thanks Biachco!!
At 12:25am on April 17, 2010, Nathan Peck said…
Thanks Biachco!!
At 2:44am on December 19, 2009, Abby E. Gross said…
Hey Andy! It was great meeting you last week. I hope to see you again out at a session. Are you playing anywhere soon? Hope to see you again soon :)
At 6:28pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
Hey Andy,

I am quitting my job on December 11. If you can "hook me up" with a decent paying gig outside of the U.S. I'm interested. The China gig just wasn't enough "bread". C U around. Oh, I am performing at Little E's on Friday, Nov. 20. If you aren't busy, drop by and bring your axe.
At 5:27pm on September 21, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
At 8:02am on July 14, 2009, Donna & the Skip Peck Trio said…
Hey Andy, just wanted to say thanks for filling in for us last Thurs. and I'm sorry I couldn't stay to check you out. Skip said you played your butt off!
At 1:17pm on April 24, 2009, Jeff Beck said…
Dude fur real. Dem Cellonies Rolls and Miracle whip wit chip ham is SO Good. I will be sure to get yin up ere to does some gigs n'at. Call me to come Daun burgh to play some jams!, I need to get some a dat Pasta Too Dude! fur real!
At 4:31pm on March 11, 2009, Virgil Walters said…
I have a jam session in New Kensington on March 25th from 8 to 12 and was wondering if you were available to play---$75.00. It would be myself, lary Mckluskey on drums and you. We will just be playing tunes and playing for whom ever stops in.
Get back to me as soon as possible. 412-973-1105
At 1:38am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 3:42am on February 25, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your response Andy. I really enjoy your playing; best wishes,




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