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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 1:20pm on September 25, 2009, Dr. Martin E. Rosenberg said…
You guys sound great! Funky and latin and be bop phrasing! Thanks for friending me!
At 12:10pm on September 23, 2009, Ken Lamison said…
I had a great time filling in last time you were in Rochester, PA. Hope all is well with TRP and look forward to hitting with you again.
At 2:22am on September 23, 2009, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
mode=mood, love the principle theroy. Learn one thing and learn it well, then move on. However I'm not sure what you are reffering to, I dont play guitar, wish I could but can not.
At 3:06am on April 25, 2009, Grant said…
Tom, Marilyn did die, sadly .. my sons godmother. Pix of the funeral on my page. Mt Joy? Used to live near there .. Harrisburgh and Lancaster. Friend of mine Curt Wolf used to live in Mt Joy. Grant
At 6:50am on April 6, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
That's better! So it wasn't just my hearing and age. Love the sound!
At 7:56pm on March 2, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
Thank you for the friend request and I am happy to accept. Where is your music on your page?
At 12:13pm on March 2, 2009, STOP said…
thank you for the friendship, we wish to see you soon on the joint performances
in USA!
At 7:42am on March 2, 2009, Aaron Jackendoff said…
Oh cool. Thanks very much.
At 10:58pm on March 1, 2009, Bruce C said…

Thanks Lads...and a talented Lass also!..for the've got me scotch-irish blod pumping through me heart with your great celtic-fusion...who would'a thunk.... celtic jazz.... what a great energy you should apply for a spot at the American Music Festival in Bangor Maine in the end of'd be a hit for sure!...Enjoy the best to you ...always b
At 9:01pm on March 1, 2009, tim max said…
wonderfull music ,a hug for all
At 7:24pm on March 1, 2009, Clayton "Bigtrigger" Corley said…
Greetings and thank you for reaching out in friendship. Please stop by SOJP. If you'd like to be featured don't hesitate to e-mail me at
At 11:27am on January 5, 2009, Diva JC said…
I saw the poster for the Moon Dancer Winery Jazz Festival and would be happy to be booked there. Did you follow the leads to U of M? Could we talk this week??? You can call me on SKYPE at 954-607-7471. Also, would love to feature your group on my show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at
At 4:34am on January 3, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome to the Reese Project,

WOW! You have quite a unique configuration. High level musicianship and writing and a cello in lieu of a bass. You will gain many new fans here who will visit your website as I just did and recommend others do as well. Quite enjoyable. Thank you for joining.
At 5:13pm on January 2, 2009, Diva JC said…
At 5:12pm on January 2, 2009, Diva JC said…
For information about my project go to:
At 5:10pm on January 2, 2009, Diva JC said…
Who books this?
Millersville University & they have A JAZZ series Late Spring
At 5:08pm on January 2, 2009, Diva JC said…
I just listened to the music on your site. I have a couple of ideas for your band in Florida:
1. O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach that features Irish bands. Manager is Maurice Costigan. 561-833-3865
2. University of Miami Frost School of Music concert series: 305-284-2161

Contact them and see what you can get going.
At 3:02pm on January 2, 2009, Diva JC said…
Have never been to your fair and historical city, but I do hope to get there soon. I would love to bring my WOMEN IN JAZZ Ensemble there to do a presentation at a college or university. Any ideas?
Diva JC
At 2:22pm on January 2, 2009, Ken Lamison said…
Great to see you here. Hope you get to meet many of the members the next time you venture to Pittsburgh.

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