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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 2:35am on April 28, 2009, Linda Stapleton said…
Looking for confirmation on this weekend's gig. Please email me.
At 1:22am on March 19, 2009, Linda Stapleton said…
We are interested in hiring you for a private party. Please contact me.
At 12:17am 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 4:07am on April 15, 2008, Benny Benack III said…
Benny, enjoyed hearing your new horn(s) at your gigs this weekend! Sounded great

you might want to make ur name Jr. or something so people don't get us confused on here; I just found it because Max had posted a picture of me on here awhile ago
At 4:57am on April 2, 2008, Curtis Swift said…
7-9 I will call tomorrow to confirm
At 2:58am on March 28, 2008, benny benack said…
yo CURTIS.......thanks.put me down. What's the time again?
At 4:07pm on March 27, 2008, Curtis Swift said…
Benny, can you do the 9th at Sewickley Hotel. I am going to ask Skip Peck to play as well. Please let me know asap.
At 8:29pm on March 26, 2008, Curtis Swift said…
Hey Benny

I have a upcoming Wednesday that I can't do. Would you like to do it?
I lost your email address. Mine is
I read a article about your son a few weeks back. Congrats to him.
At 12:18am on March 25, 2008, Steve Trettel said…
Sorry Benny, I didn't look at this site till today. I told your wife that Beach gig wasn't happening. I hope she relayed the message.I saw her at the Tony Janflone benefit.



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