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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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From Indiana, PA...My dad started taking me to the James Street when I was 12 to see Roger Humphries band.....Ever since then I've been blessed to play with and hear some of my favorite musicians...currently live in Harlem, NYC.
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I love Roger Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin for being so nice to me when I was little....James Johnson III, Greg Humphries, Spider Rondinelli, Tom Wendt, Tony Campbell, Volcano Choy, Lou Stellute, Tim Jenkins, Craig Davis, Howie Alexander, Dave Throckmorton, Paul Thompson, Nelson Harrison, Al Dowe, Etta Cox, Donna Davis, Mark Strickland, George Heid, Jamie Moore, Sean Jones, Fred Pugh, Herb Marshall
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James Street and Crawford Grill
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artist, fan

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At 5:38am on December 30, 2008, George Heid said…
Hello Joey...

I'm so glad young Geo and Pat came over to see you and the trio at Martini's
I had a full plate and couldn't come over. When ever you get back home and plan a trip to Pittsburgh, please let me know and I'll roll out some kind of red carpet over here in Aspinwall. So... keep in touch and be well.

At 3:18pm on December 13, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
Joe! Look at the those pictures with Roy and, that's beautiful!
At 7:41pm on October 7, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Joey
Thanks for joining !
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,

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