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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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Crawford Grill #2, Too Sweet Lounge, WEMCO Club, etc.
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I have been playing the drums since the age of 11. I have also had the good fortune to have some great mentors in my life, such as Roger Humphries, Ron Tucker, Greg Humphries, Joe Harris, as well as many others.
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At 10:57pm on December 16, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Tom.

Thanks for all your sypport to me in all my physical and mental setbacks.

You have helped and encouraged me to become one of Pittsburgh's finest trumpet players.

I really enjoy playin' with you and I appreciate your contributions to Jazz Workshop, Inc.

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
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At 7:56pm on December 16, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
O yea! Now we're talking! Thanks for joining in on the love TW!
At 7:57pm on December 14, 2008, George C Jones said…

The honor is all mine.
At 5:43am on December 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Tom,

Your esteemed presence is a wonderful addition to our membership. There is enough data here already to keep your historical "jones" busy for sometime. We invite you to speak you opinion and comment on anything here. This is our open forum where we can deposit our experience for the reference of any serious inquirer into the truth of our tradition. Thank you for joining.
At 12:41am on December 14, 2008, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hi Tom,

Welcome and good luck
At 10:39pm on December 13, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
What's up buddy? Welcome to the PJN....



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