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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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I am a former Operations Manager, Engineer, Safety Director, and Adjunct Professor. Today I am the Music Director of WFDU-FM's "Music America" programming, run the Music Community at, and produce Nikki Armstrong's radio show on NYC area's WFDU, while doing consulting work for my former company.

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Since this is a social network, and the question is usually asked, here goes:
I have a very diverse music collection, but favor music with meter and melody. I listen to everything from Monk to Muddy to the Meters to Mozart & everything in between.

Wagner College - Staten Island, NY
MBA - Business Administration - 2000

George Washington University - Washington,DC
Master’s Certificate in Project Management - 1999

Polytechnic University - Hawthorne, NY
MS - Telecommunications & Computing Management - 1995

Cuny Bernard M Baruch College - New York, NY
BBA - Human Resource Management / Psychology - 1974

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Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 3:08pm 0 Comments

George Shearing, the jovial jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland” died on February 14th 2011. He was blind since birth and passed at 91.


In 2007, Shearing was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to music. When the honor was…




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