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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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Celebration of Life for Ronnie Mathews: Monday - 6/23/2008 @ Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in NYC

Monday, June 23 - beginning at 7pm
Sweet Rhythm
88 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-3626

On Monday, June 23 there will be a "A Celebration of Life for Ronnie Mathews" for the great jazz pianist Ronnie Mathews at Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in NYC at 88 7th Avenue South. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and jazz music will be played throughout the night until the last musician is finished celebrating his legacy. .

Ronnie Mathews is suffering in the last stages of pancreatic cancer. The prognosis is very dire, and for that reason we are celebrating his life urgently, while he has the chance to have knowledge that all his friends in the musical world are sending out their music and love to him on this eventful night. Donations of $25 at the door will go to his family to cover the costs of a proper send off for Ronnie, giving him the love and respect he deserves.

Confirmed musicians at this time include: Gary Bartz, Roni Ben-Hur, Ray Bryant, Dwayne Burno, George V Johnson Jr, George Coleman, Charles Davis, Akua Dixon, Kathy Farmer, Sonny Fortune, Lucy Galligher, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Melba Joyce, John Lee and the members of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Jimmy Owens, Benny Powell, Eric Reed, Larry Ridley, Claudio Roditi, Bill Saxton, Don Sickler, Donald Smith, Neil Smith, Steve Turre, Cedar Walton, Michael Weiss, Frank Wess. Randy Weston, David Williams. More musicians are being added daily.

For reservations please contact Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club at 212 255-3626 and tickets can be bought as well on the web at

Special Announcement From The Jazz Foundation:

On Sept 10, 2008, Uninsured Jazz and Blues musicians will have a chance to get free cancer screenings at Englewood Hospital. You must sign up ahead of time. We are hoping this will help prevent the great tragic losses we have experienced this year with Dennis Irwin and now Ronnie, who never knew early enough about their diseases.
For Jazz Foundation Cancer Screening sign up: please email

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