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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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The Guardians of Pittsburgh.

Who were these veritable gentlemen who in the early 1950's promoted jazz gigs with artists like Charlie Parker at venues such as the Syria Mosque?

Added by Peter Campbell on December 11, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Re. "Who was the jazz musician who used to fly to his gigs in his own plane?"

A very disappointing response to this question that I posed. A big ZERO respondees. I know that you are waiting for the answer on tenterhooks (LOL). Well, for you jazz historians, the answer is Frankie Trumbauer.

Added by Peter Campbell on February 6, 2011 at 10:04am — No Comments

The Cairo Jazz Mania Festival.

Despite a last minute, enforced change of venue, the Cairo Jazz Mania Festival managed to get under way more or less on schedule. The new venue was one of Cairo's most interesting tourist sites, the Citadel, a 16th century Mamluk castle set high above Cairo and it provided an incredible backdrop for live jazz performances. Lack of sufficient publicity meant that crowds were relatively small but what they lacked in size they made up for in enthusiasm. High spots were the Jazzex Band, an a… Continue

Added by Peter Campbell on October 26, 2010 at 12:07am — 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

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