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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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Klezmer Guitar Recording Project

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:58pm 0 Comments

Klezmer Guitar CD

As you may know, I have played Klezmer music as much as  Jazz/Swing in my musical career. I'm happy to tell you I'm working a new album for that music. Please take a look at the following website. 

Klezmer Guitar CD website and video

Pittsburgh City Paper just interviewed and wrote and an article about it here:…


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At 1:03am 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 4:53am on March 18, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Henry
I like your website..I see you also do Klezmer music.
Can you share anything about the connections/influence between Klezmer- music and Dixieland/Jazz?
Hope to hear you live...maybe next time in in Pgh or if you come out to So. Cal while I'm still here.
blessings, B'H
At 5:37am on March 15, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Toda for joining. I know you will have some interesting photos to share with us. Great to see you stay connected.
At 5:13pm on March 14, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hey Henry,
Welcome to the PJN. You've got a nice website too. Now you can use this site to connect with fellow Pittsburghers and jazz lovers/supporters all over the country. Good to see you here.

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