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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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       In Her Own Words

He was just getting started on his journey as a member of the SAVOY JAZZ family of amazing featured artists!  Leroy K. Wolford did his first gig for MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ @ SAVOY in April of 2012 and "tore the joint up"; he was phenomenal!  He was as glad to be working at Savoy on jazz night as Savoy was to have him!  And we were so looking forward to hearing him again this coming Monday, September 17, 2012!  As a matter of fact, prior to that, Leroy was one of our featured artists invited to join  Sean Jones, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin and Max Leake for a song or two at the Savoy Jazz 1 year anniversary celebration jam, held this past Monday, Sept 10, 2012!  

I've known Leroy for many years and he never ceased to amazed me how he "wowed" the audience with his distinctive way with the blues.  His tragic death on Sept. 9, 2012, is a great loss to the jazz community, not just at home, but worldwide.  

We'll miss you, Leroy.  Rest well, my friend.

Charlie G.

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Comment by Charlie G. Sanders on September 16, 2012 at 10:09pm

Hi everyone, looking forward to Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy!  The featured artist is the wonderful jazz vocalist, Sandy Dowe!  Sandy is replacing Mr. Leroy K. Wolford, who, as you know, was tragically killed last week.  I just wanted to let everyone know that we will be accepting donations to help pay for the burial of Leroy, who had no insurance and can't be laid to rest until the funeral home expenses are met.  Checks should be made out to "Spriggs-Watson Funeral Home" (cash donations, see Gary White).  Thanks in advance.

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