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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 6:30pm on September 15, 2012, Adam Johnston & James Street said…


We gotta get connected on here!!!


James Street

At 5:31pm on April 15, 2010, Michelle said…
See you at Cabaret...
At 2:37am on March 3, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your response Kevin. I really like your playing and hope to hear you again soon.

At 12:59am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 8:07pm on April 29, 2008, david shane said…
are you still thinking of forming a (big) band with some horns? please keep me in mind, as I'm still hoping you're plans are taking shape.....david
At 10:44am on March 23, 2008, Tony Janflone Jr said…
Hey Kevin :-)
I hope that all is well with you . Great to see you here !
At 12:58am on March 13, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Greetings from a huge fan of Kevin Howard!!! Welcome to the PJN.
At 5:25pm on March 12, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo! bro! Nice to see you here. Catchin up wit' cats I have not seen in years, such as yourself --
How are you? Give your sistah a holla! Let's play! ciao, -janelle c:412.657.9335
At 4:31pm on March 12, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hi Kevin,
Glad to see you made it to the PJN site. How have you been? I really enjoyed your band for those first Friday gigs at the Holiday Inn in Oakland. Is that still happening? Hope you are doing well.
At 2:13am on March 11, 2008, Rob Jones said…
Welcome to the PJN, Kevin. I'm sure you've been busy looking around in here for the folks you know. I'll look forward to seeing and hearing you in person on April 5....

- Rob!



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