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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 2:56am on October 20, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Opie ! Greetings from Schru . Cologne/Germany .
At 12:43am 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 7:18am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Opie, Our gigs were really fun and we laughed a lot trying to figure out those elevators with our hands full of gear. Wishing all the best to you always.
At 5:10pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Ok, I move there to come here and find... YOU! Hahaha! How the hell are you? Let's talk soon. Love, love, love, doo da doo! -janelle
At 7:01pm on March 3, 2008, Max Leake said…
Thanks Opie. Great to hear from you. Thanks for the kudos on Sandy's CD. It was a labor of love. I hope all is well with you.
At 7:11am on February 26, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hey Opie,

Wow, I am so glad you hooked up with us. Now you can keep the home ties connected and we will know of your wonderful activities on a current basis. Welcome. Hit the members button and see how many of your friends are already here.
At 7:02am on February 26, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hi Opie,
Welcome to the PJN!. Thanks for your email. Your website is really great dear and you are singing better than ever. Looks like you have a busy schedule and I'm so happy for all your success, you deserve it.
Love, Michele

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