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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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"Hey Larry, How are you doing these days? It is great to know you are still out there playing and preforming and doing your thing. I've spoke with Luther DeJarunett about you, and wondering what you had been doing. My email is…"
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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
George Benson, Eric Johnson, Luther DeJarunett, Butch Jones, Larry(Butch) McGee, Ronnie Wingfeild, Patti Terrell, Carl Black, Wendell Byrd, Phillis Hyman, Gerald (Shotgun) Haymon,
Roy Jones, Late Great Phillis Hyman,
Chucky Hogan, Michael Harvey, James( Mac) Mcfaddon,
Anthony ( Bea Bea) Anderson, Sandy Gay, Tyrone Mitchell,
Clyde Jackson, Donald Jackson, Donald Atkinson, Jerry Betters,
John(Smitty) Smith, Roger Humphries, Nelson E. Harrison,
Allen Smart Jr. George Green, John Starks,
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
The Crawford Grill
About Me:
I've played with serveral local musicians and I'm happy to know that I have had and infuence in Pittsgurgh Pa. Area.
And I'm happy to have reconnected with a lot of the great musician and friends I've made through the years. I play guitar and I also sing and I have sung and played guitar with all of the bands or groups I've worked with and sung duets with the, Late Great Phillis Hyman, durning our younger days. And it has all been a lot of fun enternaining in Pittsburgh and the Tri-State area, in cluding New Jersey, Ohio and New York and West Virginia States.
Some may remember me from the groups called the Souls Rockers, the Soul Fantastics and the Wantu Wasuri Enternainers. A lot of those people have passed on and I still remember the good times we shared. I'm currently living in Atlanta GA. But do miss the great musians from Pittsgurgh. I hope all are doing well and hope they continue success in what ever thay do in life. Thank you all to have known you.
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