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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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roger, jimmy, alex peck, skip peck, donna peck, jamie peck, budman, ashbys, kenia, howie, jj3, nelson, mike taylor, colter, throck, PT, reggie, greg humphries, kenny blake, robble kline, jacob yoffee, shecky, dwayne, max leak, tony depoalis, don depaolis, rick malls, steve landay, and everyone else who I love and adore from pgh jazz who I have forgotten to list!!
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Cardillo's Club Cafe
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Nathan Peck has just released a single from his debut upcoming release "Top Dead Center"
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Some vids and pix for you Pixburgh!!

Phishbacher New York Electric Band- Live in Erfurt, DE featuring Walter Fischbacher-keys/tune Bernard Ullrich-saxophone, Yutaka Uchida-drums, Nathan Peck-electric bass

Check out this awesome video of Hiram Bullock rocking out at the Baku International Jazz Festival in June 2007. If you look closely you can see me sitting right behind him (at about 40 seconds into it) as he rocks out in the crowd! I totally remember this moment and I'm so my friend Elnur Baba from Azerbaijan caught it on film!

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At 7:21am on October 30, 2015, Donna & the Skip Peck Trio said…

Hey NaY NaY- I mentioned your cd release tonight on this Pittsburgh Jazz Network site. you should go on and put up a link and you can also add photos and some music clips. or video from the party.  A lot of Pittsburgh people could be enticed to buy a cd.

love Mom

At 5:51pm on July 7, 2010, Alexander Peck said…
Awesome! Looks good Bro! See you Thursday.
At 3:57am on July 7, 2010, Rick Hirsch said…
Good to hear from you, Nathan!
At 12:09pm on April 17, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hey Nathan,
thanks for asking about my daughter yes she will be 20 in august and I have a Grandson that is 2 1/2. I can't believe this much time has passed where your daughter is 9 and mine is 20! How are your parents doing? I hope all is well and look forward to seeing you in the Burgh this summer.
At 11:46pm on April 16, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
What's up Baby!!!!!
At 12:37am on July 12, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 6:12pm on July 3, 2009, Andy Bianco said…
Welcome broseph!



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