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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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At 10:32pm on July 1, 2009, Doug Smith said…
Where are you playing now?
At 4:50am on March 4, 2009, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
I thank God that you and Mike Murray keep the earthly plane open to the 10th dimension every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM at Gullifty's!!!!!
At 3:57pm on February 8, 2009, Paul & Gerry said…
Hi......... P+G
At 2:29pm on September 22, 2008, Dr Rock said…
Ah Kenny, The Old Homewood Days ! (wink) Up And Down Frankstown Avenue, "Gandy's" .... Hope Everything Is Going Well For You My Brother !

At 6:31pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Kenny
Check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz

At 7:53am on September 9, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Kenny
Miss you!
I can close my eyes and hear you
Thanks for being here
all the best,
At 4:28am on September 9, 2008, Annie Cosmides said…
Hi Kenny!
I'd love to know where you're playing sometime. If possible, please let me know, it would be great to see and hear you again. Annie
At 9:24pm on September 5, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Hey Kenny, nice to see you in the Pittsburgh cyberjazzhang! I hope you are in great health and spirits and I hope to get a chance to play with you again soon....( :
At 1:27am on September 4, 2008, Phil The Knight said…
Hi Ken,

The last time I saw you you were cutting a solo short to say hello to me at the PG Pavilion just before the Chicago/Earth, Wind and Fire concert. It had been 20 years old friend and you stopped playing when I walked up to the stage. I will never forget that.

Good to see you here!

Phil Butchelli
At 8:58pm on September 3, 2008, Jack Bishop said…
Kenny my brother!
Send me a line. I miss you!!!
jfb (at)




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