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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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I was born in canonsburg, went to duquesne from 1977-81-I lived in boston from 1984-99, and moved back to pitttsburgh then--i have been here since-
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sean jones--james johnson111-- dave throckmorton-- paul thompson--chris hemingway--patrick arena--sandy dowe--
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I make my living by playing and teaching--I have been a student of a teacher in boston named charlie banacos--I like to play mostly jazz music, but the more contemporary side of it--
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At 6:21am on May 13, 2010, larry cullens said…
Sorry I missed you. If you have something this weekend let me know.
At 5:03pm on August 6, 2009, Devorah Segall said…
hey mark
my friend just sent me this..I needed a laugh maybe you do too!
At 3:38pm on June 4, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Hi Mark... Long time at the Panther Room Rt. 51, When we first started out..Man where did all the time go?? Keep going .. God Bless john papi
At 3:09am on February 27, 2009, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Mark
I'm back in NY at long last.
Would love to hear your newest CD. I know its wonderful.
I would love to post some of your music on my facebook page.
It would be great for more people to hear your music.
Send me a link if you like.
At 1:59am 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 5:01am on October 6, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
I borrowed a copy of your new cd from Tony DePaolis...I think it's really great... such free, open and organic interpretations that breathe new life into those songs...I look forward to hearing you play solo again live!
At 5:26pm on September 14, 2008, Marcy Brown said…
hi mark -
let us know when you will host the gullify's jam again. i will be there to hear your brilliant playing!
At 7:36pm on August 22, 2008, Ken Lamison said…
nice work!!!!!
At 7:57am on July 24, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Greetings Mark
I miss singing with you.
I hope that more and more people get to hear your beautiful soul-filled music.
all the best,
At 7:53pm on July 4, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Hey man, welcome....nice to see you in this little cyberspace hang!

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