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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



       In Her Own Words

Who: Cedar Walton Trio & Octet featuring Kevin Louis - trumpet Vincent Herring - alto saxophone Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone Gary Smulyan - baritone saxophone Earl McIntyre - bass trombone Gerald Canon – Bass Willie Jones III - Drums What: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music “Jazz at the Conservatory” series When: Saturday, February 21st, 2008 at 8:00 PM Where:Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY Cost: $50/30/25/15 – call Zerve ticket services at 212.209.3370 or visit The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music concert series “Jazz at the Conservatory” presents an evening with Cedar Walton at the Kumble Theater, Long Island University. This is a unique opportunity to see a legendary musician at affordable prices in a Brooklyn venue. For tickets call Zerve ticket services at 212.209.3370 or visit Walton is one of the most prolific jazz pianists of our time, a versatile musician with a sophisticated touch and a cogent melodic sense that has made him one of the most influential artists active today. His original compositions like Bolivia, Clockwise and Firm Roots have become part of the standard Jazz repertoire. His playing regularly receives praise from critics, fellow Jazz musicians and audience around the world. Cedar Walton has emerged as a true master of music. After moving to New York in 1955 Walton was playing with J. J. Johnson, the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet, and Gigi Gryce. A lesser known fact is that in 1959 he recorded on John Coltrane's first version of Giant Steps. In the early 1960s, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as a pianist-arranger for 3 years, where he played with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller. He left the Messengers in 1964 and by the late 1960s was part of the house rhythm section at Prestige Records, where in addition to releasing his own recordings, he recorded with Sonny Criss, Pat Martino, Eric Kloss, and Charles McPherson. During the mid-1970s, Walton led the funk group Mobius. He has also recorded with Hank Mobley, Abbey Lincoln, Lee Morgan, and led the band Eastern Rebellion. The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music has been serving the community for over a century promoting individual, professional and community growth through music, and making music accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. One of the ways we fulfill our mission is by holding remarkable events such as this at affordable prices. Our commitment to the community and our world-class faculty makes these events a reality. Please join us for what promises to be an unforgettable Jazz at the Conservatory concert event, and check out The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music’s other great concerts, programs, classes and much more at

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