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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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Jazz organist in Palm Bay FL

I play keys on occassion for Blind Pig Recording Artist Big Bill Morganfield who is Muddy Waters son and is keeping the family tradition of the great Delta/Chicago blues alive!
I have worked and recorded 2 cd's with Steve Thorpe who is presently signed with Lost Gold/CSI South recording label which have 2 cd's Trouble and the new one Live at Lou's Blues.
I have done sessions and played with over the years Paul Chapman awesome guitar player /songwriter from UFO,WAYSTED and presently,GATOR COUNTRY which is made up of a lot of MOLLY HATCHET alumni . Country artist Ray Allaire vocalist/songwriter Kenny Michaels and drummer Don (tree)Rees who was a Phil Specter session player I'm presently looking forward to do some recording with a terrific talent Mr Billy Chapman check him out! I also have the great pleasure of working with Billy and his group on occasion.I have also recorded with a dear friend of mine Buzzy Meekins who I met working and recording with Steve Thorpe and look forward to doing a new christian project with him in the near future! My main thing right now is presently 2 projects of mine KC Connection which is Kenny Cohen on Sax:Tom DeQuattro on Drums: Matt Heister on Guitar; Kenny Clarke on Hammond B3 takin it back to a True Traditional form of Jazz-n-Blues a must see! and THe Kenny Clarke Trio which also has Tom DeQuattro on Drums:Scott McGill on Bass: and Kenny Clarke on Piano playing the great standards in the Errol Garner tradition which is a lot of fun for me and a Great Challenge! I also have been playing some dates with George Terry of Eric Clapton Band and musician on many studio albums from criteria studios in Miami . this has been a great treat and honor to work with such a nice and talented man. I'm working with Josh Miller Trio It 's a great pleasure to work with Josh and Tom DeQuattro awesome musicians and just awesome people! Thanks Guys! !
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At 8:34pm on July 20, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Kenny,

i suppose you know you have the same name as one of the greatest Pittsburgh-born jazz icons of all time. If you don't know much about "our" Kenny "Klook" Clarke, you'll certainly learn about him on this network. Thank you for joining us.



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