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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

Debi Sciranka's Comments

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At 7:37pm on October 22, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Debi ! Greetings from Schru . Cologne / Germany !
At 12:05am on March 23, 2009, Tanisha said…
Hi Debi - thanks for reaching out here on the Network! And welcome to the world of jazz!
At 4:10pm on December 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Yes. Please post it and I can invite the entire membership with one click.
At 5:27am on December 10, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
We are on for December 14th at the New Hazlett from 8 - 11P.
At 12:13pm on November 6, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…
Nadine is my sister and I will tell her you said "hello"...
At 11:30pm on October 22, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

I'd like to set a meeting up with you at New Hazlett Theater to discuss Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Programs.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 11:26pm on October 22, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

Thanks for your response.

Would it be possible to set up a meeting with you at The New Hazlett Theater so I can give you all the details and possibilities with our Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Programs?

Dr. Nelson Harrison is one musician I use for my Outreach Programs too.

However, I'm in charge of putting the program together.

Please give me a call so we can schedule a meeting as soon as possible.

Thanks again for yiour interest in Jazz Workshop, Inc.

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 5:00pm on October 9, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Debi,

I would like to talk to you about doing a Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Program at The New Hazlett Theater.

I'd also like to see how JWS could work with The New Hazlett Theater.

Here's my contact info.

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 7:24am on September 23, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Could you re- post your" New Hazlett" information on the below link, I'm sure others( fans and artists) would like to hear this. If you wish I could copy& paste it there myself, with your name as author.
At 12:37am on September 21, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Debi! Sorry that I took so long to get back to you. I haven't been feeling very well, and didn't check my comments. I'm definitely interested in your offer for the jam session. I will email you my phone number, and if it's still not too late, let's talk about this.
At 6:12pm on September 12, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

It was Tony Campbell's group. He is a member of this network.
At 10:53pm on September 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

You are a jewel and you are right on point. I just heard that CJ's in the Strip just canceled their Sunday night jam session which drew a lot of people. The New Hazlett would be a wonderful replacement.
At 9:56pm on September 11, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
That pup is a 190 pound baby. His name is teddy baby a St , but dont let the breed name fool you he's a thief of food and a sneak.. But hay got love'm. I see you have a pair of matching kitties. We have a few here.
At 11:19pm on September 2, 2008, Eden McNutt said…
Hi, Debi! Nice surprise to cross paths with you here!
I hope you and your husband are very well!
Let's stay in touch......and thanks for all your continued
hard work -- the event on Sept. 13th sounds amazing)
- Eden
At 2:46am on September 2, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Debi! Thanks for coming to hear us yesterday! I'm glad to hear that you liked what you heard. Playing with me was, Keith Stebler on keyboard, and Randy Williams on drums. Please come see us again, and tell your friends. Did you get a chance to try the food?
At 4:16am on September 1, 2008, Rick Finkelstein said…
Hi .I ebi...I am not sure if I know you or not. but thanks for the invite
At 7:53pm on August 31, 2008, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Yes, Debi. I am a lifelong friend of Thad's. I am also a member of the Women of Visions who will be providing the visual art work for the MCAI event, so I will be there in that capacity.
At 5:24pm on August 31, 2008, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Thanks Debi-- folks like you keep jazz live and help it to thrive!
At 10:12am on August 31, 2008, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Thanks for the add and Oliver Lake! What can not be said about this great artist!- Kev
At 7:50am on August 31, 2008, Carlos Jimenez said…
Hi Debi,

Thanks for the friendship. Hope to see at the Concert.. Have a great day.. CJ

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