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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 have lived in Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach, and Las Vegas. Pittsburgh is the best!!!

I play sax with the Jazz Workshop band, and free lance around town.

I have a PhD in Philosophy/Counseling Studies.
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At 12:04am on January 11, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Jaki,

Thanks for adding me as a friend.

You are always such a delight to work with.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop,Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 8:02pm on January 4, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Jaki,

Happy New Year!

We have Jazz Workshop, Inc. Jazz Ensemble rehearsal this Sat. at 3 PM at the CLPGH-Homewood Auditorium.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Also, Could you please give me your phone number again.



Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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At 3:05pm on October 29, 2009, Ronald L Wingfield said…
Hi Jaki Glad to see you back in the burg. and still playing your insturment. don't ever quit, loveya ronny wing. ps. tell dad i said hello.
At 7:25pm on October 23, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Jaki ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany !
At 8:53pm on September 12, 2009, Bonita R. Thomas said…
Hi Jaki.

How is everyting at the Jazz Workshop. Is Felicia kin to you. How is your DAD. Congratulation on your Ph.D. Work
At 1:28am on June 28, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
HEY JAKI YOU MAY NOT REMBER ME I WAS REAL YOUNG WHEN WE PLAYED TOGETHER WITH FRANCIS ROOLS IM RICHARD WILLIAMS LITTLE BROTHER RANDY HOW ARE YOU DOING? im glad to see your back in town hopefully ill see you at one of the jam sessions soon im playing with rodney mccoy so look out for me let me know if your playing anywhere i would love to hear you
At 11:27pm on May 2, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Wow! You're really busy! You've always been a fantastic lady, and I see that nothing has changed in that respect. Let me know if you're playing somewhere. I'd love to hear you.
At 7:39am on May 2, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Jaki! How are you? What are you doing these days?
At 4:24am on April 30, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
What do you mean you don't have a music website? This page IS a music website and a lot more. you can post music, videos and photos on your page, post your events, sell your music, etc, etc. Look at my page and some of the featured pages. You can do everything with you page ans anyone else on this network and it will not cost you a cent.
At 1:45pm on April 29, 2009, Carmen Petote said…
Kenny Fisher told me the Homewood Jazz Workshop had a reunion. This was a few years ago, I haven't seen Kenny since my uncle moved out of the apartment complex.

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