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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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I grew up in Pgh, got my Masters in Pgh, Performed Jazz and Classical music with all the greats from Pgh, used to teach in Pgh at CMU and Duquesne University, ..
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Maureen Budway (my sister) , Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Sonny Clark, George Benson, Roger Humphries, Greg Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, George Heid, Tom Wendt, Max Leake, Sandy Staley, Jeff Grubbs, Dave Pellow, Mike Pellow, Lou Schreiber, Dodo Marmarosa, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Marty Ashby, Scott Anderson, Joe Negri, Spider Rondinelli, Gene Ludwig, Paul Chambers, Sean Jones, Michelle Benson, John Wilson, FrankCunnimondo, Chuck Spatafore, Danny Conn, Joe Dallas, Don Aliquo Sr., Don Aliquo Jr, Earl Fatha Hines, Jimmy Ponder, Ron Affif , Ron Anthony, Bobby Cardillo, Harry Cardillo, John D'Amico, Paul Thompson, Mike Taylor, Ahmad Jamal, Mary Lou Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Tommy Turrentine, Harold Betters, Ron Tucker, Pete Henderson, Dickie Lilly, Rabbit Barnes, Dakota Staton, Roy Eldridge, Frank Mallah, Ken Cook, Nelson Harrison, Jim Guerra, Tony Campbell
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C.J,s, Gullifty's ( The Rhythm House is technically in Bridgeville PA. I used to love Foster's and The Shadyside Balcony, and the James Street Tavern.
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I am a Jazz and Classical Pianist, Arranger, and I am a songwriter. I compose music for films and other projects.
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At 9:02pm on January 18, 2015, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…

All My Condolences to You and the Family David. I Trust You are Staying Spiritually Strong, as Maureen would want to to Be...peace and love My Brother.

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At 1:23am on April 25, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi David,

I hope all is well with you in New York.

I loved hearing you play and you were an outstanding teacher in the Pittsburgh region.

Although it's terrific that your doing so well in New York.

I loved having you as my teacher at Duquesne University's Jazz Camps!

Right now I'm the Artistic Director of Jazz Workshop, Inc.

I organize Outreach Programs, Family Night Concerts, and oversee the JWS School of Music at JWS.

I also play in several bands which include Puttin' On The Ritz Big Band, Dynasty, Guaracha, and Brass Impact.

There are so many success stories out of Duquesne's Jazz Camp- Kevin McManus, Skip Saunders, and Mike Clancy just to name a few.

Well, thanks for passing on the knowledge to me and so many Pgh. musicians.

Keep Swinging,

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 12:43am 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 5:34pm on November 27, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey David,
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Be blessed,

At 9:53pm on November 26, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi David,

I'll never forget those Duquesne University's Summer Jazz Camp.

You taught with so much enthusiasm and really developed my music theory and jazz performance/jazz education skills.

We really had some swingin' bands at those camps.

Kevin McManus, Skip Sanders, and I all are fortunate to become professional musicians.

Right now, I'm the Artistic Diector of Jazz Workshop, Inc.

My duties include running the JWS Saturday School of Music, developing Outreach Programs, and putting together different Family Night Concerts.

Our JWS School of Music meets every Saturday from 12 PM- 4:30 PM. We give private lessons, jazz improvisation, jazz ensemble, and Gospel Choir classes.

We teach all the instruments and voice.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Swinging!

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)



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