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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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At 4:20am on April 30, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Carmen,

Now you can add some of your artistry to your page to liven it up and share it with our worldwide members. Looking forward to hearing your music and reading your comments. Thanks for joining and please add me as a friend.
At 4:14am on April 30, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Oh, I see. I just moved back about a year ago so I was not here for the reunion.
At 2:37pm on April 29, 2009, bob studebaker said…
good to hear from you,...i'll check out that site
At 3:45am on April 29, 2009, Jaki Young said…
I don't have a music website but I certainly will keep you posted when I have a gig. However, I do have a gift basket biz

By the way, to what reunion are you referring?
At 11:11pm on April 28, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Hey Carmen,

What a blast from the past!! Nice to hear from you.

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Mouthpieces for sale

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

I am selling several sax and clarinet
mouthpieces I've accumulated over the years. All are in excellent shape,
most rarely played and are listed below. Please let me know if you are
interested or would like to see pictures.

Thank you,


SR Tech Tenor Fusion .108
SR Tech Tenor Pro .115
SR Tech Tenor Europa .106
Jody Jazz Clarinet #6 with spoiler
Bari Clarinet Buddy DeFranco Model BDF 1



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