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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Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations. Fielder has recorded over 13 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in 1993 with his first CD Free Flow. Fielder is also a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. In 1996, he recorded a national top-ten CD, Dear Sir: Tribute To Wayne Shorter to widespread critical acclaim. Selected as BET’s 1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET. His 2005 CD, Baritone Sunride also received international attention bringing Fielder recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams, continues to document his classic jazz quartet, with legendary jazz pianist Jane Getz, that as of 2011 is celebrating their 16th consecutive year together. His current CD Stellar Moments was released in 2010. In 2011 Fielder is touring with his new Tribute Quintet performing his Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet Project. Their new CD 'Each Time I Think Of You' will be released summer 2012.
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Notes from the West Coast from Dale Fielder

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 11:36pm 0 Comments

Hey Everyone:

Just want to keep my Pittsburgh Peeps up to date with my recent activities. 

My new CD (can you believe it's number 14?) is coming out this summer.  It's entitled: "Each Time I Think Of You" by the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet and it features the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961.  I'll try to post the CD cover on my page.

As many of you know, I've been perusing the legacy of the late great baritone…


The Sound Of Pepper Adams

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:46am 0 Comments

This blog was first published from my column "Dale's Delight" from

I first heard the sound of Pepper Adams when I was six years old back in 1962.  My brother, who had just returned home from a 4 year stint in the U.S. Airforce, was a… Continue

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At 12:38am on April 17, 2009, Liz Fair said…
Hi, Dale,
Just wanted to acknowledge you comment. I've been pretty busy with work, home, church, and my girls. I'll be adding new pics soon.
Take care and keep in touch.
At 10:00pm on February 25, 2009, Courtney said…
Hi Dale,
Do you know of any funeral arragements that have been made by the Finch family in PA? A group from DC would like to attend.
At 6:17pm on January 18, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Dale, thank you for noticing my pic and your comments.

On another note, (no pun intended) you are so fortunate to have found a divine partner in this Mappo. Great accomplishment, and I wish the two of you all of the happiness and togetherness the universe can muster.
At 10:12pm on January 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Dale,

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to share your tremendous rise to mastery with the homefolk. You are carrying the banner in high relief and I have personally enjoyed your news and music for many years as you have shared it with me. You are a role model for the generations to follow. Congratulations on your new hapiness and thank you for gracing the world with your beautiful music.




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