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Roger Humphries


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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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Free! Today Friday 6/20 @ Little E's 5:30-9p

Catch me with Fred Pugh and a hella swinging band behind him! Me, Drums; Ava Lintz, Bass, Yoko Suzuki, Tenor sax; & Tim Jenkins on Keys! FREE!

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David Amram Is Still Grooving to His Own Beat

        April 22, 2014…

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‘Little Jimmy Scott,’ jazzman with ethereal voice, dies

Jun 15, 2014


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Jazz on the Water: Humphries boat ride raises thousands for scholaships

Jun 13, 2014

By Genea L. Webb  

Scholarship winners with Roger Humphries, center, are Sam Harris, left, who won the scholarship two years ago, and Eli Naragon right, who received a scholarship this year. Naragon graduated from Winchester Thurston High School and…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 16, 2014 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

See/me: Story Of The Creative

  See/me: Story Of The Creative



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June 20-22, Jazzlive, a free venue will be performing in downtown Pgh in the Cultural district. This annual event is packed with great entertainment. Check out the Pgh Cultural District website for  performance times and sites. It's a wonderful time to spend with friends, family or just soloing. If you attend, have a wonderful time.

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Chelsea Davis Ft TY And Nieman Marcus - Voices

+Chelsea Davis releases new music featuring…

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Pgh Complaint Choir, Summer Phun w/ Phat Man Dee, Korel sightings & more!

Hey! Bon jour! Guten tak! Shalom! Hola mi amigos!

I have so many things happening simultaneously I don't always get the word out in the timely fashion I would care too. If you want to know where/when I will be singing, please follow me on twitter or facebook or check my calendar online, I hit those up with far more frequency than I do…


Added by Phat Man Dee on June 6, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

BBC Calls the Jaggerz new Blue Eyed Soul CD The Walk "Brilliant"

Pittsburgh Music History

BBC Hails The Jaggerz new CD "Brilliant"…


Added by Paul Carosi on June 6, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Enjoy a Jazz Gem from Joe Negri and Billy Conn

Pittsburgh Music History

 A Jazz Gem from Joe Negri and Danny Conn…


Added by Paul Carosi on June 6, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

Sean Jones

Last year I witnessed a brilliant performance by Sean Jones along with Terrence Blanchard. They played the complete work of "Miles Ahead," arranged by Gil Evans. This was performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to a sold out audience.

Added by Paula Morris on May 28, 2014 at 2:20am — No Comments

Trumpeter (Sean) Jones departs Duquesne, but his heart will remain

About Bob Karlovits
Bob Karlovits 412-320-7852

Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


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Otis Williams talks about legendary Temptations

New Pittsburgh Courier


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Guest Artists: Stan Gilmer & Miss Sheila Ford.

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Easter 2014

¨Happy Easter…

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Need drums? YOHODRUMCO on

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Draztik - Thats A Bad Bi**h Remix


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Springtime in Pittsburgh means Jazz, Dance, Video and Phat Man Dee!

Wow.... it's like Bill Peduto got elected to mayor of Pittsburgh, and I've just been sent into this delirious, in between state, of joy and am just now waking up to find that we're all actually living the dream! Ok, maybe it's not like that at all, in reality I've been studying hard at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and working my video internship at Mr Smalls, which has also involved weekly vocal coaching for some young people which has been thoroughly enjoyable,…


Added by Phat Man Dee on March 27, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Here is the Ugly

US jazz musicians were drafted into the CIA’s MKULTRA


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 26, 2014 at 12:51am — No Comments

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