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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 8:07pm on May 21, 2009, Diane Shapiro said…
Andy: Are you still playing with Buster Alston? Tell him I said hello. You are a fantastic piano player. Diane Shapiro
At 8:05pm on May 21, 2009, Diane Shapiro said…
Hi Andy: Thanks for the welcome. Hope to see you play somewhere. Diane
At 12:21am on February 24, 2009, tim max said…
At 6:55pm on February 23, 2009, Terrence said…
At 12:09am on February 23, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!
At 12:32am on January 9, 2009, Terry Magursky said…
You will be 55! soon grasshopper
At 12:21am on January 8, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hey Andy, Good to see you here. I trust all is well. -- Ken
At 8:15pm on August 18, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Andy, i am the father. look at the pic closely. look into my eyes--------ooooohhhhhhh.
warmest regards,
tony sr.
At 10:15pm on July 29, 2008, Janine Gilbert-Carter said…
Thank you for the friendship

Peace and Blessings,
At 5:09am on July 2, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
Hey......I think I know that face!!!! : )
At 2:39am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hi Andy!
Nice to meet you and thanks for the friendship.
All the best to you!
At 5:58am on May 19, 2008, Andy Yalch said…

How many yeras ago was that show?
At 9:22pm on May 18, 2008, Justin Brown said…
Hey Andy,

Great to see you again and still remember the fun and great music we played in OH.

Hope to see you soon.

At 9:00pm on May 13, 2008, Terry Magursky said…
Did you have a nice Mothers day????? Le D_ _ _ _ _ B _ _!
At 8:42pm on May 5, 2008, Terry Magursky said…
They call me Le' great one!

They call you Le' d_ _ _ _ _ b_ _ !

Whose tux are you wearing????
At 5:05am on May 5, 2008, Deb Weible said…
Hi Andy! Yep, that sure was a fun gig with Moe. You played great! Hope he gets another one soon!
At 4:43pm on March 9, 2008, Andy Yalch said…
Thanks for the Invite! Nice Site!

Need a Keyboard Player-412-657-1444
At 9:07pm on February 6, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Andy,

Please invite some other to join. You can add anything to your page and dress it up as you like. Add some friends also. Let's show 'em who we are.

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