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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At 11:14am on November 14, 2016, Gina Moryson said…

Thank´s my dearvery much,

best regards , Gina Moryson

At 8:33pm on June 10, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Anthony8 Tony),

Thank you very much for your comment.


At 2:28am on May 1, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Man I missed you playing with Jessica Lee! I left that morning after meeting a business owner and wished I had stayed in Pgh. next time i'll check to see where your at- kev
At 6:49pm on January 24, 2010, Delicious Fish said…
Hi Tony!
Thank you for accepting us as friends here on PJN!
Loved your tracks!

Pehr Flühr, songwriter & producer
At 4:43am on October 5, 2009, Barbara Jean Crow said…
Hi Tony just popped to listen to you, such a pleasure to hear you play. Hope life is treating you well. Love and respect BJ
At 12:15pm on July 27, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
this was about 25or30years ago. we were soppose to do the grand opening of the showboat in alantic city. and we got there and construction wasnt complete. im not sure if it was you or jr?
At 4:52pm on July 25, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
tony did you play with the sargent sistersyears ago?
At 7:51pm on May 20, 2009, Patti Spadaro said…
Hi Tony, just stopping by to say hello.
Take care,
At 5:52am on May 2, 2009, ladyruth said…
Hi Tony thanks for the invite
At 4:05am on April 8, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

I don't think Sampson & Delilah were from Pittsburgh although I saw them at the hurricane several times. Am I mistaken?




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