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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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The Life of a man is made up of a series of dreams which write our history, as well as our children, who then start to write their own. I decided to continue writing mine as soon as I began to dream in early childhood. One doesn't need to stop the journey along the way. It is necessary to believe that the stars which light our way will never go out, and to continue to follow our dreams which inspire us in the most beautiful moments of our lives. If not, why is my star helping me to write so many fine melodies? I composed a suite for my dream, called " Melody for an Oscar", and I am convinced that one day someone will help me to reach for that Oscar in Hollywood, which I have always imagined in my dreams. No matter what, my dreams have enhanced my musical creativity, and for that I am thankful.

La vie d'un homme est faite de rêves qui s'enchainent et écrivent notre histoire pour nos enfants, qui eux, commencent déjà à écrire la leur sans qu'on s'en rends bien compte à trop les protéger... J'ai décidé de continuer à écrire la mienne telle que je l'avais toujours imaginée depuis ma plus tendre enfance... il ne faut pas arrêter le scénario en route.. il faut y croire pour que les étoiles qui nous éclairent ne s'éteignent pas, et continuent à faire rêver le monde entier, en nous inspirant les plus beaux moments de chaque vies ... j'ai écrit une suite à mon rêve...: "Melody for an Oscar"... et je suis persuadé qu'un jour ou l'autre il y aura quelqu'un pour m'aider à décrocher cet Oscar à Hollywood auquel je rêve depuis toujours... sinon, pourquoi est-ce que mon étoile m'aiderait-elle à composer d'aussi belles mélodies ? Bienvenue dans mes Rêves ! Cordialement, Didier EUZET

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At 11:29pm on July 1, 2013, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

My Friend Didier,

Selected to participate in digital show  “The Story of the Creative”. at See.Me's NY gallery from July 25 to Sept 10th.


At 2:03am 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 4:08am on July 17, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
I'm also so happy to meet you here my dear friend!
Sorry write you just today, but thanks for your comment with your beautiful music!
And your daughter is very beautiful, send a special kiss to her.
Much love,
At 2:19pm on July 9, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Your music is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your dream with us. I can see you accepting that Oscar in my mind's eye. Welcome!




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