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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

Wow! What a night, it just keeps getting better!  I want to thank everyone who attended Jazz Night @ Savoy this past Monday, Oct. 17th.  Etta Cox was the featured guest artist and she did a fantastic job!  The sheer joy that was generated by the music, the restaurant, the food, the crowd; everything, was a thrill to behold.  I don't have the words to tell you how much it means to me to see just how ecstatic people are who have experienced a night of jazz @ Savoy.  I have been so blessed in my life by some of the most amazing Jazz artists and the music they play, that I am glad to have this opportunity to be a part of something that is put together to share this blessing with as many people as possible.  Please, keep on coming out to share in this with us, and like I said before, when you can't be there, make sure you send a friend to keep your seat warm :).  Remember, Jazz Night @ Savoy is not meant to be just another night out on the town, it's meant to be a celebration of the "good life".  Can't wait to see you all next week!  I'm on the hot seat on Monday, Oct., 24th; I'm the featured artist, along with the incredible Mr. Lou Stellute on tenor saxophone.  Love you guys, see you Monday :).


Charlie G. Sanders

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