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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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My wife is from Leetsdale and we met in college, Clarion University, 20 years ago.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Alton Merrel, Dwayne Dolphin, Brian Sanders, Lou Steloute, Nelson Harrison, Carolyn Perteete, L'Tanya Williams, Kenny Blake, Tony Campbell, Howie Alexander, Jeff Grubbs, Mark Strickland, Chris Hemingway, Sean Jones,

Oh, one of my vocal heroes, Eddie Jefferson!
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Little E's, Gilifty's, Ava's, April's
About Me:
Just moved to Pittsburgh from Austin, TX in August. Became an opera singer in my mid-20's, Moved to voice teaching after studying with Seth Riggs (120 Grammy winners) in L.A. Taught celebrity and semi-pro singers voice and live performance throughout the U.S. while based in Austin, TX. Also started and ran the only "for-profit" opera company in the world.
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At 3:42am on April 6, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…
Hi James,
Mara here. As you appear to be a jazz fan, I am writing to extend to you a personal invitation: My group, the Mara Rosenbloom Quartet will be on tour from New York City next week! We perform original jazz music, & will be kicking off our spring tour in Pittsburgh, Wed, April 14, 8:00pm @ Shadow Lounge. We make this music for sharing! So, I hope you'll be able to join us. You can have a listen at, or simply write me for more info!

Hope you can make it out!

"Rosenbloom renews the trite formulas of jazz with sparkling compositions that are both lyrically contemplative and rhythmically pulsating...This quartet plays music that renders believable the future of jazz. As both a player and composer, Rosenbloom is already singular and ahead of those players satisfied to reside in the dull water of familiar elements." All About Jazz
At 1:43am on June 8, 2009, Roy Ruzika said…
Nelson emailed that you will be participatingin the July 2 Entrepreneurial Thursdays show hosted by Jessica Lee. In order to get you a copy of the email invitation for the show please send me your email address. Pls email me at
At 2:46am on April 14, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Nice talking with you again...see you soon.
At 5:17pm on January 9, 2009, Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell said…
Cool James by all means
At 4:41am on January 9, 2009, Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell said…
James, people need all kinds of medical attention. Some need musical medical attention, this is where Jazz Surgery comes in. I guess I am one of the Jazz Surgeons on call. (chief sugeron ?)
At 11:00pm on December 15, 2008, Jazz Robertson said…
Hey, I just got your message!

I'm available for the next month, so if your friend needs someone let me know!
At 1:58am on November 16, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi James,
I won't be able to make Last Days Cafe tomorrow.
But you can catch us this Sat. at 3 PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Homewood on 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Thanks for your interest.

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 2:32pm on October 30, 2008, Roy Sonne said…
Hello Jim,
Great to meet you at Last Days Cafe. Terrific exchange of ideas! You'll be a great asset to our musical community.
Welcome to Pittsburgh.
At 6:28pm on October 7, 2008, Musique Noire said…
Thanks for the kind words! We hope to do a show in Pittsburgh soon!
At 10:38pm on October 3, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi James,
You have a fascinating background.
I hope we can cross paths sometime.
Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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