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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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Bob Breen - Drummer - all venues & all styles

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WINDMILLS - Honoring Legendary Jazz Master Grady Tate at August Wilson Center for African American Culture

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April 25, 2011 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
EASTER MONDAYMusical Fun-Raiser for B-PEPCelebrating B-PEP'S 20th AnniversaryDonation $25.00Seniors and students - $20.00Dedicated to the late organist Gene Ludwig and guitarist Luther DeJarunettSee More
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Favorite website
Pittsburgh Connection
Watch PCTV's Channel 21 Pittsburgh Comcast for the Timmy Willis Show just taped called "Mega Jam 2009" featuring me and four other great area drummers with Larry Estes on guitar and bass and 2 additional excellent bass and guitarists and a truly awesome horn section including Roby Edwards from Paris France.

I was Vice President of Pittsburgh Musician's Union for 3 terms. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (where I got to study drums and percussion with the great drummer virtuoso Joe Harris).

Currently playing for The Marcels, The Drifters, Walt Maddox's "Tribute to Nat King Cole", William Dell and the Wee Jams, Robert Michaels and Expense, The St. Stephen's Worship Team (Sewickley, PA), The Saint Sebastian's Contemporary Music Team (North Hills, Pgh PA) and various R&B, Jazz, Oldies, Musical theatre venues, recording artists, tribute shows and worship services. 412 302-9170
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
George Benson, Amad Jamal, Joe Harris (my drum teacher), Roger Humphries, Harold Betters James Johnson, Ken Karsh, Dwayne Dolphin, Gene Ludwig, Nelson Harrison and many others too numerous to know who you are !!!
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ: Tony Mowad and Bob Studebaker
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Manchester Craftsman's Guild
About Me:
Have performed with recording artists including The Marcels, Walt Maddox, Sam and Dave, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame members Charlie Thomas and The Drifters, Christina Aguilera, The Marvalettes, William Dell and the Wee Jams, Vanessa Campagna, The Platters, Bobby Lewis, Brittany Mulgrew, Katie Marie (Country recording artist), The Moonglows, The Del Vikings, Little Anthony, The Jewels, The Vocaleers, The Tempos, Autumn Haze, Brighton Rock and Brass, The Mississippi Mud Cats (Dixieland), Sarah Wilson (Country), The Burgh Big Band, Robert Michaels and Expense (Classic Rock), The Bobby Fulton Gospel Connection, The St. Stephen's Music Worship Team of Sewickley, PA, Leonard Johnson's Gemini Jazz and Del Shannon among others.
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artist, industry professional, media


C'mon to a great free oldies gig with the fantastic Wee Jams. I'll be drumming for my friend Bill Dell and the amazing Wee Jams full band.This Aug. 28
The Conneaut Lake Park Beach Club

Upcoming shows with The Marcels I'll be drumming for: Saturday, August 21, 2009 at the Syria Mosque, Cheswick, Pa. Appearing with The Drifters 7:00 pm Their first recording, "Blue Moon" sold over two and a half million copies3

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At 4:41pm on August 24, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi gave Bob Breen a gift
Dear Red, Thank you so much for your words. Marta:)
At 11:11pm on February 25, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Thanks for the nice comments about Dan. Nice to be here and I will post more stuff as it becomes availible. Thanks again.
At 6:27pm on December 14, 2008, Andy Yalch said…

I miss our Tight harmony! Have a great Christmas!
At 4:31am on November 14, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Hi Bob. Nice clip of THE MARCELS. Where were you guys when that was taken? When you get a chance give me a shout. I've lost your phone number and have no other way of getting in touch with you should I have a need for a sold drummer.
At 7:25am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Thanks Bobby, I wish you the same.
Warmest regards,
At 3:37pm on July 18, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hey Bob! Good to be connected with you again! I always enjoyed working with you. Could you message me your phone number?
At 5:49pm on June 25, 2008, Jessie Wills said…
Good to know you, thanks for listening.
At 5:18am on June 5, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hi BobbyB, nice to meet you on jazzburgher. You have a very impressive bio. Keep on rockin' in the free world. peace, Dave (
At 3:19am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thanks for your comment dear! I'm so happy that you liked the pic, I will upload more very soon, let's stay in touch!
At 6:06pm on May 5, 2008, Andy Yalch said…
Hi Bobby

I remember what a GREAT singinging Voice you have!

Unforgetable in EVERY WAY!





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