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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.






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



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Pittsburgh Magazine 1979 October


Added by Dan Wasson on February 26, 2019 at 1:34am — 2 Comments

Gunga Din

Ken Foley found this

 and further described here :

composition by 'Junior Spencer/Tommy Turrentine'. 'Junior Spencer' is J.Spencer Bey…


Added by Dan Wasson on April 26, 2016 at 3:34am — 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

George Thomas

George Thomas, noted local blues singer who often performed with Barbara Ray and the Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet, and was a great person, has passed (please let me know if you have a link a to his obituary).

Added by Dan Wasson on April 24, 2010 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Elray Johnson

Elray Johnson, great local tristate bluesman has passed :

some of his music :

Added by Dan Wasson on April 24, 2010 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Eric Johnson has released 'Supahighway'

here's some links : Clarion Jazz
Eric Johnson
Itunes or just google "Eric Johnson Jazz"

Added by Dan Wasson on March 28, 2009 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

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