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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
Susoeff Music is:

· The Salsamba Latin Jazz Group – A world class Latin Jazz Group celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band. Salsamba has 6 CDs to its credit and is a member of the PennPat touring roster


· Solo Guitar – the perfect complement to your party, event, dining experience or premiere.

· Duos – Guitar + voice, bass, flute or piano. You decide.

· Trios – I love to work with a guitar, bass and conga drum trio; it is an incredibly fun group.

· Vocalists – I am lucky to work with 5 incredible singers, 2 Brazilian Jazz,
2 American Jazz & 1 Latin singer from Chile.
A. Lilly Abreu -
B. Kenia -
C. Maureen Budway -
D. Clare Ascani -
Latin Music:
E. Indira Corales -
You can also book them directly if you like.

· Composition – I am a composer for hire having composed music for soundtracks, string quartets and many varied ensemble types. I have composed extensively for my group, the Salsamba Latin Jazz Group.

· Arranging – need an arrangement? I can do it.

· Lead Sheets – Are you a vocalist that needs to have their charts up-dated, corrected and neatened? I thought so, call me.

· Music Lessons – I can help you realize your potential as a jazz guitarist. I also offer lessons in jazz improvisation, harmony, music theory, composing & arranging to all instrumentalists. Lessons are an affordable $35 per hour.

· Eric Susoeff recording artist – I have appeared on over 35 CDs + a few in the works as we speak. I am available & would love to add something to your session.

· Eric Susoeff freelance guitarist – I get a lot of calls to fill in on guitar for piano players. I read music well and have a lot of experience. Working with many different groups keeps it interesting. 412-425-1152

· Patrick Susoeff pianist - need a pianist? my son Patrick is 18 & plays jazz piano very well, you will be surprised! 412-853-7287


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