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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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Marshall Howard, friend and jazz fan. We both are faculty members at University of Phoenix. He has introduced me to some jazz musicians in Pittsburgh, his home town.
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MBA from Indiana University 1964. I play jazz and blues guitar. I was lucky enough to have seen Wes Montgomery perform several times while going to school in Bloomington, Indiana in 1959 - 1964. Other favorites of mine are Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dextor Gordon, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane and saw them perform in Chicago when I was a teenager. Do not play much anymore, but am a huge jazz fan.

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At 4:57am on February 27, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It's a pleasure to meet you Arnie. I have audio on My Page. Marshall and my brother went to Kentucky State at the same time. All of us went to the same high school.

Best wishes,

Kennard
At 1:13am 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 details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 1:59am on July 22, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Arnie,
Hope to meet you soon.
I also hope you'll start playing again....it's so good for the soul!
Donna
At 7:35pm on March 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Arnie,

So glad to have you join us here.

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