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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 10:39pm on July 29, 2009, Lori Jenaire said…
Thanks you Randy - your are very sweet. It would be nice to hear you play again - you are so talented. I will be in Nashville over Labor Day but don't have your #.

At 5:05pm on July 25, 2009, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
I played a couple of gigs with them but my son Tony Jr. played steady with them for a while.
At 7:23pm on July 15, 2009, Lori Jenaire said…
Hey randy - Good to connect with you again!

Peace & Blessings,

At 2:10am on June 28, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Hi Randy!! Of course I remember you..You play with Rodney. Wow. Were you with him last week at Jazz on the Steps for the Jazz Workshop? I would love to have been there but I was out of town. Will keep in touch and let you know when I am playing. Nice to hear from you.
At 2:22am on June 24, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hey Dose! Sorry for the lack of communication! All of a sudden thing just got really busy. How are you, and how is the music scene treating you?
At 2:18am on April 27, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It's a pleasure to meet you Randy. Thanks for the add.


At 11:31pm on April 26, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hey Brother Dose! Good to see you, and hear from you! I miss working with you. Me, and Keith were just talking about you. I've been intending to call you, do you still have the same number?
At 1:40am on April 17, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Randy.

Looks like you are off to a good start. You can pump up your page as much as you want. It has a lot of bandwidth. Make lots of friends and let us know what's going on with you. I suggest looking in on your page daily if you can for a few minutes. Don't wait a week because you will miss something essential and exciting. We're happening Bro.

Thanks for joining and please add me as a friend.

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