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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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Born and raised: McKelvy Elementary, Madison Elementary, Herron Hill Jr. High, Westinghouse High, Schenley High School and Clark County Community College.
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Eric Watson, Nelson Harrison, Larry Smith, Roger Humphries, Sandy Dowe, Dwayne Dolphin, Marva Josie, Jeff Grubbs, Michele Benson, Tony Campbell, Howie Alexander, Tony DePaulis, Luther De Jarunett, Tony Janflone, George Heid, Joe Negri, George Benson, Ken Karsh, Jimmy Ponder, Andy Bianco, Bobby Haymon, Gerald Haymon, Mark Strickland, Sean Jones, Kenny Fisher, Max Leake, Roby Edwards, Colter Harper
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Posted on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm 1 Comment

I have written and produced a song which honors Mothers Day. It is my hope that all Pittsburgh Jazz Network members will take the time to download this song to your pages, and share it with your children, families and friends. There is no charge; it is my gift to you regarding this important day.



THE MUSICAL HILL...conclusion

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 10:00pm 3 Comments

At fifteen, I decided to learn to play guitar. My influences were Joe Negri and George Benson. Both were amazingly talented...way back then. As I see it, both are largely responsible for the growing number of guitar players from Pittsburgh. But it was George and I who had hustled through Center Avenue that afternoon, straight to his house and on to his music room where I sat and watched in awe as he ripped through single-string runs at astonishing speeds, and with unbelievable ease...way back… Continue

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At 10:41pm on November 22, 2010, FREDERICK D PUGH III said…
ken i misplaced your no. and i also would like toget together with you on a time for a practice. please give me a call as soon as possibe. thanks fred
At 2:19am on September 1, 2010, Roger Barbour Sr said…
HI Kennard, Nice to hear from you. As I write this comment i'm sitting here digging your great guitar sounds. I enjoyed the gigs that we did together a while back, and also thanks for the encouraging words you gave me. Keep on Jammin' Sincerely, Roger barbour
At 5:21pm on August 23, 2010, Michelle gave Kennard Roosevelt Williams a gift
At 3:21pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Kennard Williams,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

New Website:



P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.
At 3:18pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Kennard,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

At 3:03pm on July 26, 2010, Garl Germany III said…
Nice meeting and jammin with you late nlight
At 1:11pm on May 19, 2010, Michelle said…
Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your blog, "The Musical Hill". It sent chills through me when you mentioned my all time favorite vocalist, Phyllis And thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you will pay us a visit sometime or just stop in to say hello to the owner, Simmone Godson who like myself is a lover of music and people...we would love to hear some of your stories.
At 10:10am on January 4, 2010, Luther DeJarunett said…
At 7:25pm on December 3, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
Christmas Time is nice!
At 6:17pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
Where are you? I went to Tanna Restaurant in East Liberty last Wed. and the band rocked the house. Some musicians sat in and I sang a song. You might want to stop by some Wednesday.



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