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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 8:59pm on August 21, 2008, Debi Arnett said…
Hi Tony, Have you seen Steve Jackson lately? I talk to him off and on. Saw Tony Jr a while ago. Hope you are well. Debi
At 8:13pm on August 19, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Sure thing Andy---I've always enjoyed playing with you.
At 3:22pm on August 19, 2008, Andy Yalch said…

I need stronger glasses! I would love to do a gig with you again. It's been too long!
At 6:22pm on August 18, 2008, Andy Yalch said…
Dear Tony

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Please tell your wonderfully talented father I said HI!
At 2:21pm on August 17, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Hey! Long, LONG time no see! You doing any playing? We need to hook up o something!
At 7:11pm on August 15, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Thanks man! And thank you for asking about my dad; he's retired and doing well......I hope your son is doing well and please give him my best wishes ( :
At 2:53pm on August 15, 2008, Mark Koch said…
hey Tony,
Just got back from Nashburg, It was great to see all the guys
hope you are doing well, and thanks for the call.
Don't hesitate to call if you need anything
Peace, Mark
At 7:45pm on August 14, 2008, Max Leake said…
Hey there Tony!

Glad to see your name. I hope all is going towards the positive with you. Still slugging away at it here. Take care!

At 2:08pm on August 14, 2008, Luke Williams said…
Tony, thanks you for being such a HUGE influence in my musical life, now I have the opportunity to teach and I am so thankful that you showed me that it's not ALL about theory and academics, but about feeling and having fun, too. Let me know where you're playing I want to come out and say hello.
At 1:33pm on August 14, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
Hey Tony,how's it goin?Call me crazy, but I'm gettin sick of Fla.and the lack of music scene,although I've been working a lot.(mostly solo,and duo.trio stuff at the casinos. I want a working band,maybe use the B-3.I'll talk to ya,,,,,,,,
At 6:30am on August 14, 2008, Curtis Swift said…
Tony, We Need to Jam!!!
At 1:38am on August 14, 2008, Opie Bellas said…
Wow...what a great surprise Tony. Thanks for writing
At 1:19am on August 14, 2008, Joan DesCarpentier said…
Hello Anthony:) Great to meet you here. The picture of PA here is so breath taking. Everybody has a pic with their instrument As it should be. I guess I need to get one of me with my keyboard;) Have a great rest of the week and many blessings 2 U(-:
At 1:10am on August 14, 2008, Jessica Lee said…
Hi Tony! Wonderful that you're on the network! Please send prayers - my little dogs Louie and Jazzie went to heaven on Friday. . . .Wow, can I sing the blues better now! Looking forward to our next study session. wywl, jess
At 7:26am on August 13, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

that picture was taken by member Rhadha Sewell with her cell phone camera. I thought it was beautiful as well. She is the daughter of the late bassist Tommy Sewell whom you might remember.
At 1:05am on August 13, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Tony! It was a very pleasant surprise to run into you on here! I hope that we can stay in touch. Let me know where you're playing at, and what you're up to in general. I'd love to hear you again!
At 8:25pm on August 11, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Hey Tony, I studied with you a little bit in 1998......Welcome and thank you for your wonderful inspiration and guidance!
At 3:55am on August 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Tony,

You have many friends here who have been awaiting your arrival including me. This page gives you unprecedented elbow room to stretch out and promote your interests, activities and memories. Look around and see what some others are doing and enjoy.

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