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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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besides My band? Roger Humphries, Max Leak, Maureen Budway, Etta Cox, Eric DeFade, Eric Sousoeff, the Aliquo's Tony DePaolis, Andy Bianco, Mark Strickland, Michele Bensen, to name a few.
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We are a family of musicians who all write music & or lyrics, and perform together as much as possible. We love the standards but also have a truckload of original music to choose from. Skip has over 1,500 tunes in his catalog. Skip plays piano, Donna sings, Alex plays drums & sings and Nathan plays acoustic & electric bass & sings. We've performed all over the country from NYC to Naples Fl. and from Boston to Calif. Nathan now lives in NYC and makes frequent trips back for concerts and shows and has toured the world extensively.
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At 6:18pm on February 9, 2010, tim max said…
hello ! how are you ?
At 12:38pm on July 22, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Peck Family,

It's great to have you here individually and collectively. You have plenty of bandwidth to promote every aspect of the Peck dynasty activities. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.
At 4:05am on July 15, 2009, tim max said…
yes ,im singing ,play guitar and make the percucion , thanks to listen , please , what did you think ? a hugs for all
At 12:36am on July 12, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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