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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 12:05am on February 20, 2009, janice lee said…
Happy belated birthday! Love the paintings.
Be Blessed
and please stop by to see me,
At 3:23am on February 17, 2009, Louise said…
Happy birthday, Verocska!
At 8:52pm on January 14, 2009, Chrissy Dee said…
Your paintings are quite stunning. Thanks for the branch of friendship.

At 11:54pm on May 25, 2008, J. Malls said…
Thanks for reaching out. Nice paintings too! Holler when you're in Pittsburgh. -J
At 3:16am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hi Verocska,
So good see you here!
All the best my friend.
At 11:12pm on April 28, 2008, Bill Coffee said…
Thanks for the invite. Take care!

Bill Coffee
At 10:52pm on April 27, 2008, Geoff Lapp Trio said…
Hi Verocska...this is Lorraine..geoffs wife..( I help him with the web work.)

Really nice work you have there.

At 9:23pm on April 27, 2008, Terra Merkey said…
Freut mich!
At 2:46am on April 27, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
You do not have to excuse your English, since I can speak only one anguage your far better then I with understanding and speaking in atleast two... Can I ask you about your art, who inspires you? who do you rate yourself with? Do you work in other mediums? Peace CWR
At 2:04am on April 27, 2008, Miles said…
Please join us at and join the jazz art group



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