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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 1:05am on April 3, 2013, Jerry Lucarelli said…

Thanks Dan,

Hope we will still be there next month. Check out the Jazz Network

every week. Last night was very good.

See you when you can.


At 5:09am on December 31, 2012, Erik Lawrence said…

Thanks Dan. It's a beautiful place and rich with real musicians and good people.  I think I'm going to like it here just fine! 

At 2:58pm on June 12, 2012, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Dan if you can't come to Elizabeth I understand it is your father's day too! You maybe gigging also, and I am between jobs. Take it easy bro, I have some charts I want to get a keyboard player with. Just tunes by known artists that I like and nobody does. Maybe Donna Davis when I catch up to her.- kev


At 3:44pm on June 11, 2012, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Dan I'm doing a 5-7pm set at the Elizabeth Elks Fathers Day. I hope to be  starting a new job in the Mon Valley area also, then I can run into town and sit in again LOL.- Whatcha doin on daddys day> Let me know- kev

At 11:19pm on October 5, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Hoope I catch you at Little E's tonight Wed for the over- the- hump jam session! Yeah brother- kev
At 3:26am on April 22, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Gotta work also and get my truck squared away! I need to talk to you about the school possibly performing an 8piece thing I have.- kev


At 3:44am on April 20, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Man I need to buy one of those joints and just live above and practice LOL- You checking in at Little E's friday? - kev
At 6:27am on March 10, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
He Dan I would like to check out Eric and Evita sat in Bridgeville or Frenchy's its it? I work fri night till 7: 30 and off the weekend- kev
At 6:29am on December 17, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

What is your address? I may come down to little E's and I would love to see Carolyn perform live friday night but I get off 7:30pm and could leave work. I'm off the weekend, do they still have that caberet in Homewood? Hit me up - kev

At 2:43am on December 17, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Dan I will be at the Thunderbird sat hopefully 3-7:30 helping Kevin Amos out with his food drive.Still thinkin about moving closer to the city , I am presently at 155 Polk St in Elizabeth and is very convenient and secluded so we can make some noise. About 4 miles from Century III, just go to get the house in order and it aint happing fast enough!- kev

At 5:23pm on September 19, 2010, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
Peace Dan Wasson. Tis is Remelle and Charles Lumpkins extending much love , peace and harmony to you and the musical we love in Pittsburgh. Hey Dan Kevin Hurst has told me of the positive inroads you are making in the sought after musician section in the hearts of jazz musicians. PLease let the music live ofrever.
At 2:25am on September 14, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
WHAT'S UP BROTHER? Will be moving out here soon , will shout at you here.
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At 4:00pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Dan,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

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:

New Website:



P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.
At 9:31am on August 1, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Hey Dan I might make that Caberet today , have to be back in the Pgharre to go to work mon morn.after next week I go on a schedule where I have two days off during the week and every other weekend off. Gotta look for a place soon Take care - - kev
At 8:01pm on June 07, 2010, Michelle gave Dan Wasson a gift
Hey Dan, Thanks for showing up on Sunday...once again, you guys really out did yourselves...I think we're on to something...smooches!!!
At 5:24am on May 23, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Had a great time sitting in with you cats at PD's! I sat in at Ava's Mon. and stayed till friday to sit in with Dr. Harrison at Hilltopper's 'cause I wanted to play with some Pgh. area blues artists. Was a good week , we never any time together off the bandstand though- soon come!- kev
At 7:47pm on December 3, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks Dan, I'm glad you like it. It was nice to hear you again last night. You're sounding great as usual.
At 11:03pm on November 30, 2009, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Gotta lot of events coming up! Great to see you getting busy and keeping things going. I will try to come in for some of them.- kev

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