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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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Vote for Montreal's Geoff Lapp Trio and send them to the JVC JAZZ FEST!

Hi music fans.

Vote for the Geoff Lapp Trio and send them to the JVC JAZZ FEST!

Zack In The Box- Geoff Lapp Trio, by Geoff Lapp Trio on OurStage

I want to mention that we posted a few songs on a new music site where songs are judged by YOU and other music fans. We have made it again to the Quarterfinals in the JVC Jazz Fest category again this month.


The prize is a gig at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport. We have been in the Top 10 on the CHART since early April and would love to land the gig. We have dates open in late August …so why not. If you are up to it, and like the songs…feel free to vote! You have to sign in and the voting is random to make it fair…the most important time is the end of each month till August.

In the quarter finals you will judge 19 other songs that made it to the quarterfinals (out of 294 entries for JVC category). Judging continues until May 29 and then the highest rated 2 songs go to the finals for 1 day of judging.

You Be The Judge! and maybe help Zack In The Box make it to the top!

Here is how to vote:

(i) Log on to

(ii) REGISTER:then head over to JUDGE and cast your vote at this genre: JVC Jazz Festival Newport. Its on the bottom left

(iii) You never know when the tunes will come around, so please be patient as you wait for the chance to vote….the most important voting dates are the end of each month till August when the contest is finished.
By the way..Both “Zack In The Box” our featured tune from “Stained Glass”

or “Yo Bro” are available for download or at the voting site, or head over to our homepage for “Zack In The Box”

Thanks for casting a vote

Geoff Lapp and the guys

by the is how we made out in April

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Win a free download of our latest CD.

Sign on to our list to win a complete download of Stained Glass
Here is how ....Just click on the URL below to sign up for our contest and mailing list. Every 2nd Monday we will have a drawing. Note: We will send out the newsletter about 4-5 times a year .

If you are a winner, you visit and enter a unique code for the download. The drawings are every 2 weeks.

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