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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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Grant W. Stapleton, 62, of Pacific Grove, Calif., died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 18, 1947, in New York, the son of the late Robert and Camilla Stapleton. Grant was a 1966 graduate of Kittanning Senior High School and Lenape Vo-Tech. He was active in the Pittsburgh community. He is survived by his wife, Crissa Stapleton, of California; two daughters, Wendy McCoy, of Ford City, and Amanda Wadding, of Blacklick; one son, Grant Stapleton Jr., of California; one sister, Mary Jane Balun, of Naples, Fla.; one brother, Robert Stapleton Jr., of Kittanning; and three grandchildren, Ashley McCoy, of Ford City, and Kevin and Aspin Wadding, of Blacklick.

My condolences to Bo and all. When loved ones become memories those memories become treasures.
February 15, 2010
Our sincerest condolences to the family. Bless Bo & GJ too. Grant, Hi to Marilyn from us.Luv P&D
January 27, 2010
Grant was a loyal and caring friend. I will remember him fondly...always. -TM
January 22, 2010
What a loss for all of his friends. A true man of honor. He will be missed by the family. rrh
January 20, 2010
Big G, it was great knowing you and I would like to express condolences to your family.Kyle...
January 20, 2010
Grant was bigger than couldn't help but like him. BL
January 17, 2010
To all that knew my brother....I hope that you will remember all the laughter and smiles. MJ
January 16, 2010
Grant was, underneath it all, a good man! He brought a lot of fun and adventure in my life! DAH
January 8, 2010
So sorry to hear about Grants death and so late. He was one of those characters larger than life.
January 7, 2010
Our sympathy from Montana..spent many summers with Grant..Mike Shepard
January 4, 2010
So sorry to hear of the death of your father. My deepest sympathy. to all. Vince Curren
January 3, 2010
We are sorry for your loss, Grant was always friendly and cheerful. Chuck and Joyce Niceley
January 2, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to the family of a very dear friend. Al and Peggy
December 31, 2009
RIP Dad I will miss you!! Wendy
December 31, 2009
What a character! So sorry to hear. Our sympathy to his family. Fred and Cheryl Cravener
December 31, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. No words can say how I feel at this moment. Harry L. Breski.
December 31, 2009
My deepest sympathies to your family,my old friend. Alan Claypoole
December 31, 2009
We graduated in 1966; you were always a friend, and friendly to all who knew you. - Jim Todd
December 31, 2009
My Condolences, Grant and I were very good friends in HS! He will be missed. R,Bill Wilson CDR,USN
December 31, 2009
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At 1:08am on September 7, 2008, Joan DesCarpentier said…
Lol Hello Grant. Well they all smell Divine, but you are the first to ask for a double ended candle...I do double wick the big ones? hehe God bless you and have a wonderful weekend(-:O
At 5:01am on September 4, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…

No problem about the invite, I'm not sure who Etta is, the pictures I posted are of my family, my wifes family and thier friends. Most picture are of Jerry and a few videos of Harold. I'm just a nobody giving history
At 5:52am on September 1, 2008, Grant said…
Righto .. Pass the wine, let the music begin@ once!
At 5:36am on September 1, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Cuz,

This can substitute for your after-hours club - the Green Door.



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