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.






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JazZelie - Strand Theater Jazz Festival


Zelienople, PA – The Strand Theater announced today that it will present its inaugural jazz festival, titled JazZelie, Friday and Saturday, August 20th & 21st. Six of Greater Pittsburgh top jazz acts have been tapped to perform three concerts over two days. Two groups will perform during each concert, giving jazz fans more for their money. The entire festival will be hosted by well-known jazz icon and WDUQ radio… Continue

Added by The Strand Theater on August 5, 2010 at 3:41pm — No Comments

"...the times and travels of an american bluesman." PRESS RELEASE :

"As you all know, in my humble opinion, Billy Jones is one of the most compelling artists around on today's NuBlues music scene.

For his latest album, he has put together a collection of his best songs on a single album called "The Billy Jones Story." This is something that I wish more artists should do with some of the outstanding music they have released and I am glad to see that Billy has taken that step.

These songs are…

Added by billy jones bluez on August 3, 2010 at 12:12am — No Comments

Reflections on Gene Ludwig and others

My involvement with this page started around the fall of 2008 when I was

introduced to Dr. Nelson Harrison through Joan Cartwright of Women in

Jazz South FLA through an interview she did with Trudy Pitts and me at

that time.

At the time, I also had been trying to find a time to come to Pittsburgh to take a lesson with Gene for a couple of years after a bit of email correspondence with him and Pattye and then finally meeting them in Columbus when Gene and Tony Monaco… Continue

Added by Linda Dachtyl on July 25, 2010 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments


As I sit here in the early hours of the morning I still can't get over the passing of my close friend and bandmate Richard "Dick" Vitalie. Yes folks I am a musician as well but I don't sit in as a vocalist or percussionist with folks here for many reasons. Lack of talent is definately not one of them. His going home service is today.

I was a member of Stick Against Stone back in the early 80's while I took a short leave from WYEP. I was…


Added by Kevin Amos on July 24, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments


For those you who might know yet know, but there was a passing of yet another local musican. I'm talking about the piano player, Lenny Glick. If any of you knew him or worked with him, I bet it would make his family and other friends who read any posting you might make on his Obituary…


Added by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on July 20, 2010 at 12:25am — 2 Comments

The Day the Earth Stood Still..... when I found out Gene Ludwig passed

It felt like the earth stood still... (if only for a few seconds), when I found out Gene Ludwig passed away. I have performed with him on many occasions, starting way back when. One of my most memorable gigs was with Gene, Jimmy Ponder and Hank Crawford.

I had just spoken to Gene on the phone month or so ago. We talked about getting together again (I live in Columbus OH) ... didn't know that would be the last time I we said good bye to each other.... man will he be missed.

Added by Cecilio Valdez Washington on July 17, 2010 at 1:54am — No Comments

Frank Wible

I've heard that Frank Wible has passed, any one heard anything?

Added by Dan Wasson on July 17, 2010 at 1:01am — 4 Comments

Singing at Bridge City Bombshells Birthday Bash, and Summerfest at Brushwood!

Mi amigos! Mi companeros!

It has been a beautifully thick summer friends. So many beautiful people doing so many strange and wonderful things in my life. I tell you, X Day at Brushwood was like a dream. A nightmare actually,

wherein I had been promised salvation for a mere $30 or triple my $$ back, but the Aliens never came, not even with that durned Rupture forwarding app I bought for my Blackberry...... Though, Jeff at Starwood postulated that in 1998 the Aliens DID come… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on July 16, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments

We'll all miss Gene Ludwig

Losing people we love is hard, no matter how you look at it. Time eases the pain but the longing to hear their voice and see their smile again can remind you of how much you cherished their friendship. Being able to hear the music they created and performed can help us heal the loss we feel. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so make and create all the music you can for generations…


Added by Michele Bensen on July 16, 2010 at 1:51am — 2 Comments

Gene Ludwig

So sorry to learn about Gene's passing. We just saw Gene and Pattye at Bob Porter's 70th. He was telling us great stories about recording at Van Gelder's and other tales from his career.

RIP Gene

Jim Eigo…


Added by Jim Eigo on July 15, 2010 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

Stan Gilmer appearance @ Jim Rouse Theatre Columbia, Md with the Columbia Pops Orchestra

Stan Gilmer appearance:

Added by Stan Gilmer on July 9, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

SWING'S THE THING - February 10, 1957 Pittsburgh Press Article about Pittsburgh Musicians

Do the names George Zinsser, Buzzy Wren, Hershey Cohen and Jim Tucci sound familiar? The following article will shed some historical light on these important Pittsburgh musicians.


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 6, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Jazz Among Us

I am an unabashed, unashamed young lover of the music we so lovingly call Jazz. I have had a love affair with jazz most of my adult life. Jazz, as we call it is an improvisational musical art form. An art form that

challenges the most talented, creative artisans of the craft to create a

masterpiece on the spot, in front of a well informed, sophisticated and…


Added by Brian Phoenix on June 26, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Please Pray with me


Added by Ladyjd721 on June 23, 2010 at 6:12am — No Comments

Here's the new Acid Jazz Channel.

This is the new Acid Jazz Channel. The old company that used to do this kind of went out of business.

It has almost 3000 video clips from youtube in constant rotation. I make no money from this but I'm open to suggestions. I think its the best music channel ever made, if you like 70 percent acid jazz, 15 percent classic jazz, 10 percent adventuous rock and 5 percent of other.

People usually can watch this channel for several hours. You can also advertise new albums and… Continue

Added by Steelydan4 on June 19, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Happy Solstice with Phat Man Dee and Miguel's Latino Moods

Happy sunny Friday to you, my friends! I hope you get this message just moments before you leave work early to enjoy this beautiful weather in Pittsburgh!

Tonight, about 8 pm, please join me for a beautiful evening of vocal jazz and Caribbean music as I share a stage with my friend Mike Murray on piano and my friends Miguel Sague III and his father Miguel Sague Jr. …


Added by Phat Man Dee on June 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Major voice seriously ill.

Veteran tenor saxophonist and owner of the Velvet Lounge, Fred Anderson is hospitalised in Chicago. Following admittance for a distended stomach, Fred suffered a heart attack whilst in hospital and for for than10 minutes had no discernible pulse. He is now in a medically induced coma. For those of you who have never seen or heard Fred play in person, then you have missed a giant who has taught and nurtured many up and coming jazz musicians from the Chicago area.

Added by Peter Campbell on June 16, 2010 at 12:29pm — No Comments


McDaniel, Thomas T.

69, of Penn Hills, on May 24, 2010. Long time city of Pittsburgh Police Motorcycle Officer, along with 8 other McDaniel family members. He was an accomplished Jazz Musician and played bass with the well-known Walt Harper quintet during its heyday in the late 60s through early…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 14, 2010 at 8:59pm — 2 Comments

an important development

For those who haven't is a link to the PG's story about the foundations choosing not to act on their option to purchase WDUQ.

Many people spoke passionately about the importance they placed on having jazz remain a prominent part of 90.5's programming. This public advocacy was critical to the foundations decision.

This forum provided a place for an important exchange of ideas that helped inform the public dialog… Continue

Added by bob studebaker on June 10, 2010 at 2:59am — 19 Comments

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