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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Judi Figel and Buddy Chase are now friends
Apr 24, 2011
Buddy Chase is attending SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX's event


March 12, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm
SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX will perform in support of The Rare Form Band, playing JAZZ, BLUES, STANDARDS, R&B and of course 'OLDIES'.  The vocalist for this performance is Ms. Kimberly Devine.  Buddy Chase is at the Hammond B-3.This venue is open to the public for this event.See More
Mar 7, 2011
Buddy Chase and Barbara Ray are now friends
Mar 1, 2011
Buddy Chase left a comment for SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX
"Jerry, as soon as I learn how to play that B3 I will do just that. There are pics of us in the archives under the RARE FORM BAND, the last I knew. Buddy Chase"
May 21, 2010
SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX left a comment for Buddy Chase
"Thanks for the kind words. Now lets get some photos and audio samples up of you and the Misses....'smiling'"
May 21, 2010
Buddy Chase left a comment for SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX
"Jerry, I'm sure our path will cross in the near future. You blow a mean tenor my man. Buddy Chase and Kimberly"
May 21, 2010
Buddy Chase and SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX are now friends
May 21, 2010
Buddy Chase might attend Dave Cremonese's event

Dave Cremonese and Friends - Jam Session at D'Imperio's Restaurant, Monroeville, PA

May 18, 2010 from 7pm to 11pm
Tuesday nite Jam at D'Imperios featuring Dave Cremonese. Regular appearances by Frank Silverio, Judi Figel, Gail Macioce, sometimes appearances by Chismo Charles, Chris Pangikas, James Hovan and many other Pgh notables. C'mon out and bring your axe!
May 16, 2010
Buddy Chase commented on SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX's event THE BOBBY REED ORGAN TRIO w/Ms. Alice Richards
"Hi Bobby, It is Buddy Chase and Kimberly. Glad to here your still knocking them out of the park. Kimberly and I will attend 5-6-10. We will be looking forward to hearing you again. Take care and keep that HAMMOND blowing and going. Buddy Chase and…"
Apr 28, 2010
Buddy Chase is attending SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX's event


April 29, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
SOUTHSIDE JERRY, along with Bobby Reed-Organ, Mark Smith-Drums & Alice Richards-Vocalist, will perform JAZZ, BLUES and R&B every Thursday in The Harrigan Lounge @ The Holiday Inn, in Uniontown, PA. (700 W. Main St./Rte. 40 West)
Apr 28, 2010
Buddy Chase and Mara Rosenbloom are now friends
Apr 1, 2010
Buddy Chase and Bailee Baker are now friends
Jan 27, 2010
Buddy Chase commented on Dr. Nelson Harrison's blog post Local Musicians Band together to Raise Money for Haitian Earthquake Victims
"Hey Dr. Nelson, It's Buddy Chase, The Rare Form Band. Please call me I need some more info on this event. We may be able to play but I need some other info. Thank you, Buddy Chase 724 267 4800 home 724 344 1295 cell"
Jan 19, 2010
Buddy Chase and The Tuesday Night Big Band are now friends
Dec 7, 2009
Buddy Chase might attend The Tuesday Night Big Band's event

The Tuesday Night Big Band at The Rhythm House Cafe

December 20, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm
Come celebrate the holidays big band style!! Join The Tuesday Night Big Band for a special holiday concert at the Rhythm House Cafe on Sunday, December 20th from 7 to 10 pm. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Jazz Society. Featuring original, swinging arrangements from two of Pittsburgh's finest arrangers and directors.....Rich Mansfield & Joe Campus....and 17 of Pittsburgh's hottest jazz musicians!! Also featuring the sizzling vocals of one of Pittsburgh's favorite jazz vocalists LORI RUSSO! If…See More
Dec 6, 2009
Buddy Chase and Jessica Hanson are now friends
Nov 30, 2009

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I Play a Hammond B3 and Keyboards. I have 47 years seat time on a B3. 30 years on drums. I play almost all style of music and love most styles as well. I like to jam with good musicians that know their ax and is well rounded in all styles of music. I really love to hear Kimberly DeVine sing as I play for her.

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At 5:25pm on May 21, 2010, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Thanks for the kind words. Now lets get some photos and audio samples up of you and the Misses....'smiling'
At 3:22am on October 9, 2009, Keith Gamble said…
Thank you for the kind words indeed. I look forward to playing with you and just sitting back and doing some listening too! The Rare Form Band is the show! Hey don't bother bringing your bass amp for your left hand, feel free to use my amp again. Take care, see you Saturday...
At 1:08pm on September 23, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Buddy, it would be great to have you with us on Oct 2. The band area in Max's Ratskeller is very very small. If you can, bring the smallest outfit you can. Do you play accordian?
At 1:27pm on August 13, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Buddy. Glad to see you on jazzburgher and looking forward to this Sunday's open stage at the Around The Corner Bar in Millvale. Dave




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