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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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At 4:32am on October 2, 2009, Cristina Marie Aloe said…
I wanted so badly to come see the show with you and Joe and Dwayne, but due to G20 related stuff, I wasn't able to make it. When will you be playing again?
At 9:06pm on September 28, 2009, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Roger,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

At 3:34am on September 12, 2009, Peter King said…
Hi Roger,

Looking forward to heraing you and Sean Jones on Sunday at Schenley Plaza, as well as a cast of thousands!

At 11:47pm on January 19, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for the friendship Roger...see ya thursday.
At 12:47am on December 27, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Roger, About this time every year I think of our old group. Miss Rabbit & Mike. It's good to have a means of communicating. Praying all is well with you, Regina, your Brothers.I'm still giging. It's been a rough year, but I've been getting about 6 gigs or so per month. ??? :-)( Have a Mery Christmas--Happy New Year.
Warmest regards,
Tony Sr.
At 4:42am on December 3, 2008, Miles Jackson said…
Thank you Mr. Humphries.

i'll play this music as long as i have fingers.
and as long as legends as yourself give inspiration to us young cats.
At 3:22pm on November 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Roger,
Thank you for joining !
Have a great week.
Best Wishes!
At 7:47pm on November 24, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Roger,
Thank you for joining !
Have a great week.
Best Wishes!
At 7:04pm on November 19, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…
I have posted some pictures of you, family and friends from back in the day, please check them out....
At 8:53pm on November 18, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Roger,

We feel more complete than ever now that you are here. You'll find that it is very easy to do things on this network. It is also easy to send and receive messages to and from other members and publicize your activities. Looking forward to the next gigs.
At 7:59pm on November 18, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hello and welcome! Yes, I must come see you soon! Lots to share! All good.Yes, sir- It's a New Day! Wow. Miss you- janelle
At 5:41am on November 18, 2008, Andy Bianco said…

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