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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've been to Pittsburgh a few times and met some great people from there.......
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Roby Edwards, Nelson Harrison, Jimmy Ponder, Billy Eckstine, Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke, Errol Garner, Roy Eldridge, Howie Alexander, Lou Stellute, Roger Humphries, Poogie Bell, to name only a few
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I am from Japan, I've lived in US, France, Japan and Germany.... I love music, traveling, graphic arts... photos....
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At 12:14pm on May 8, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hey Fumie,
Roby and I have been friends for a long time and he has told me so much about you, I can't wait to meet you!. Tell Roby I will be back in Pgh for good in 3 weeks. Great to meet you here too!
Much luv,
At 2:30am on June 24, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 11:04pm on December 15, 2008, Roby "Supersax" Edwards said…
Nice photo Smokie, my favorite!
At 7:55pm on December 6, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Fumie,

Pittsburgh will never forget you and now we can always stay in touch. thank you for being a member of our community and for sharing your artistry and love of jazz with us.
At 4:30pm on December 6, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Heeeeeeey! Great to hear from you!!!!! Thanks for reaching out! How are you? Are you guys in Berlin for holidays or...? Holla when you hit the Burgh again my friend! Love , -janelle
At 4:29am on December 6, 2008, Sydney Ellis said…
Hi Fumie,

It's a small world. Good to hear from you. Hope to see you in Europe.




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