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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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"Hey Sister Michele, I trust all is well. I digg your page, and you're singing lovely as ever. I look forward to seeing you sometime in the near future. Christopher Dean Sullivan"
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Here is a brief look and listen, of the upcoming "Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band" FMR release, due in February 2016, with Bob Gluck, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, and I, Christopher Dean Sullivan...there will will more…
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I Just Want to Thank Bob Gluck, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson, and Tom Tedesco of Tedesco Studios ( for a Beatific Recording Session and Your Infinite Spirit.Looking Forward…
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During a Performance, Playing in Honor of Ornette's Master Approach of the American World Music Genre.It was a Great Pleasure and a Joy to Honor such an Innovative Artisan.
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Chicago, ILL born, lived in Los Angelas, Cal., raised in Pittsburgh from 1962. This is where I learned to play, perform and digg
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Ray Brown, Rodger Humpries, Phillis Hyman, Joe Harris,
George Benson, Pete Henderson, Jeff "tain" Watts, Larry Mcgee,
Stanley Turrentine, Dekota Staton, Christopher Dean Sullivan,
Dr. Nelson Harrison, Earl Garner, Billy Eckstine, J.C. Moses, Arthur Powell, Nathan Davis...
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The Hurrican, The Original Crawford Grill, The Tiger Tail, Post 755, Encore, The Zebra Room, The Aroura Club.
About Me:
Becoming Known as, Bass Artisan, Christopher Dean Sullivan is a renowned highly versed bassist of many musical languages: Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Latin, Fusion, Caribbean, Indian, African, and Eurocentric perceptions, rock, country, and more. Chris is well traveled throughout the US, the Caribbean Islands and Europe. He has shared the stage with Stanley Jordan, Pete Seeger, Archie Shepp, Charli Persip, Yusef Lateef, Judi Silvano, Grant Green, Horace Parlan, Della Griffin, Joe McPhee, Sonny Simmons, Irene Reed, Cecil Payne, Joe Lovano, Roy Campbell Jr., Lillie Bryant-Howard, Charles Gayle, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, to name a few, and led his own ensembles within the U.S. and abroad which opened for such national commercial acts as The Barkays, Ohio Players, New Birth, The Trinairs, The Moments and Sam and Dave. Chris Sullivan can be heard on various records and CDs from jazz and blues to acoustic folk, funk and gospel. His discography includes Live in New York (Black Saint / Soul Note) with reedist Michael Marcus and drummer Codaryl Cody Moffett, Language of Swans (Drimala) with reedist Joe Giardullo and soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson, Under the Moon (A440 Music Group) with Barbara Sfraga, Paul Wertico, John McLean, Kevin Patrick, Stepping Around the Giant (C.I.M.P./Cadence) with Carl Grubbs, Odean Pope and Newman Taylor Baker, Word Riffs with poet Golda Solomon, Timelessness Frozen in Time (SyncTimiCity) - a collaborative project featuring Barbara Sfraga, Michael T.A. Thompson, Mala Waldron and Allen Won, a voice and bass rendition with Sheila Jordan of the Bobby Timmons/Oscar Brown Jr. tune "Dat Dere" for the Sound Visions Media Group compilation release, Alan Glover Cool Fire (Omolade Music), Alan Glover The Blue Shift (Olmolade Music), Rituals from the marrow: Recipe for a jam session with Poet E. J. Antonio. This particular release also has a featured track where Christian McBride and Christopher Dean Sullivan are performing together. In July 2008 Christopher Dean Sullivan is the last bassist to have recorded with Freddie Hubbard before the master trumpeter’s passing in 2008. Produced by alto saxophonist Floyde King for Freddie, with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Laura Kahley, Mamoru Takahashi, Noriko Kamo, Hideo Kitawga and Tom Baker. Chris Sullivan also performs with the Cotton Club All Star Orchestra and has toured with various 50's/60's groups: the Marcel's, The Drifters, Sharelles and many others. Also an actor, Chris can be seen in the movie Dawn of the Dead, as well as TV commercials and magazines (most notably a Vanity Fair photo shoot with Janet Jackson by Annie Leibowitz.) He worked with The Jazz Workshop, in Pittsburgh, PA, under the direction of saxophonist Harold Young where Chris Sullivan produced and hosted his own Warner Communication award winning television show The Tree of Arts Alive where he produced performances and conducted interviews with Max Roach, Roger Humphries, Chic Corea, Stanley Clark, George Duke, Robert Bell ( Kool and the Gang), Patrice Rushen, Larry McGee, The Whispers, Chaka Chan, Lenny White, The Pittsburgh Repertory Theater, Betty Carter, to name a few. In recent years, Chris Sullivan has received various community and arts services, municipal, congressional and Senate Proclamation awards, as well as, Orange County Council of the Arts of New York State – Champion of the Arts Award. Christopher Dean Sullivan's approach is heartfelt and is accessed first of all by intensive listening -- to himself, to the elemental structure of a tune, to the soul of his fellow musicians, and to his own quest for the purest, more direct expression of sound and feeling and is a prime advocate for perpetuating Jazz entertainment into the World Genre.
..."Chris Sullivan, a bassist whose authoritative and bluesy bendings of the notes honor his affection for legends such as Slam Stewart as well as Ray Brown".. ~ Steve Monroe, Jazz Journalists Association
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At 11:27pm on January 16, 2015, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Hi Christopher,

Check out,new my new images Digital Series ¨Sketching a Melody¨ ( 2014-15): Samples

Hugs & Love


At 8:43pm on August 19, 2013, Aicha said…

Hello Dear, I will like to get acquainted with You, I have something Special to share with You, Contact me via email

Miss aichasy

At 3:08pm on December 8, 2009, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…
At 12:07am 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 on the banner below to be a guest...JB

At 2:41am on September 25, 2008, Dr Rock said…
Hey Chris, Been A Long Long Time ! Remember Cinnamon (Patti Terrell) And "The Tree Of Life" ! You Left For New York, I'm Glad everything Turned Out So Well ! Of Course There Was No Doubt ! Ahh, The Zebra Room ! lol


At 3:32pm on May 20, 2008, Bob Williams, Music Theorist said…
Hi Chris,
Long time no see. I'm relocating to SC right now. Talk to you later,
At 4:22am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thanks for your so nice words my dear and be sure that I'll stay in touch!
Will be great perform together someday! Great kiss, May
At 2:50am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hey Christopher,
Nice to meet you!
Thanks for adding me.
At 12:27pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
Glad to see you playing the St. bass. Hope all is well. Shoot me an email when your going to be in town.
At 12:26pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
The big piece of wood is always more satisfying. Glad to hear your still at it.
Shoot me an email if your going to be in town.




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