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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 10:01pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
HALL UP IN DIS BEYOTCH!!!!!! Hey man, how is that thing at Tana's are you running that? Is it still on Wed 8-11p? I'm doing some bar security usually on Wed nights but maybe one night I'll catch the Swine Flu and call off work and come see you cats doing what it do!!!!
At 9:00pm on October 21, 2009, jackie day said…
Hi John. I just read your event on the blog....are you welcoming vocalists during the jam tonite?
At 8:50pm on October 21, 2009, John Hall Jr said…
Come sit in and jam with me and the band at Tana's Ethiopian Cuisine on 5929 Baum Blvd in Pittsburgh every wed from 8 to 11pm,
At 11:11pm on September 15, 2009, jay french said…
Hi John I found you here on jazzbugher take care .....French
At 1:02am 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 5:25am on September 26, 2008, John Hall Jr said…
whats good my folk, hahah ill be in town again on tuesday evening and ready to get back to work, hope to catch ypu all this weekend...............J.
At 11:05pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hi John
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 2:47pm on August 18, 2008, Najeeb Khouri said…
Hey bud, hope all is well.
At 4:40pm on June 29, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello John, It's a pleasure to connect with you here on jazzburgher. peace, Dave Yoho
At 10:40pm on June 23, 2008, John Hall Jr said…
Aight family,im hittin the road again, keep me informed on all the pittsburgh haps!!!!



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