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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 5:06pm on April 9, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hi Roy,
Thanks for listening, and thanks for the kind words. Coming from such an accomplished musician, I really appreciate them.
See you soon,
At 4:58pm on March 9, 2009, martin thomas said…
Thanks, Roy, good to meet you too. I'll give you a call later today. I'm not sure about this week's wednesday night jam. if not this week then next. Martin
At 2:13pm on February 17, 2009, Marva Josie said…
Dear Roy - I'm still a glow with music from last week. As I said before, it was a gourmet afternoon with all of you outstanding musicians. Thank you so much and let's get together again very soon. I am truly looking forward to doing a serious program with you all and having a fun/serious afternoon. Thanks again. Marva Josie
At 8:40pm on February 12, 2009, Deb Weible said…
Hi Roy,

It was a treat to jam with you as well! Looking forward to more sessions in the coming weeks!


At 5:33pm on January 15, 2009, Bob Banerjee said…
Hi Roy! You know, for a small town I am surprised that we have not had a chance to work together... we need to change that soon! I have a great respect for your talent and work just from what I have picked up from our mutual friends and acquaintences. Please keep me informed of upcoming peformances.. you can always get my schedule off of Facebook or at Best wishes for the new year!
At 6:43pm on October 31, 2008, James R. Meny said…
Hi Roy, It was nice to meet you. Also, interesting to hear about your program and I hope that my wife and I are able to catch your upcoming recital.

At 1:38am on September 18, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Roy,

It was great seeing you last night and would have been even greater to hear you play. Thank you for joining.



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