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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

Kevin Hurst, Sr.'s Comments

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At 7:03am on December 20, 2015, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…

Hope all is well and that you have a Merry Christmas - Holiday Season, and a much success in the New Year 2016!

At 7:03am on August 29, 2015, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
I first heard the great Harold Betters in the late 70S and he was a master who was very accessible musically
Decades later I got to sit in with him and he played in a nice Italian restaurant in Wilmerding and was very accommodating. Then he played an Easter show for youth at a Catholic church in Uniontown ! Pied piper on When The Saints. A friend who was given jazz albums asked me if I heard of Harold after reading the liner notes. I told I saw him in my. College days. I showed my buddy who plays bone a AD Harold did for King? Trombones in Downbeat! I have 500 of them as I subscribed June 1975 ( biweekly) to June 2010 lol.
At 12:31am on August 29, 2015, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Your comments are so interesting and true. People need to remember what things were like so they appreciates today even more. that's what this network is about... comments from the members directly from their own experience.
At 2:33am on September 26, 2013, Barbara Ray said…

As the changing of the season .. so are those that we meet... some stay for a reason why others slip away.  But when we think of all the memories some good and some bad -- it was all for a purpose - all did not make us sad.  Some were learning experiences as we traveled on our way .. never knowing what the future holds or what the outcome may be ... only one thing we can be sure of as we travel on our way .. and that is God loves us and HE doesn't make mistakes... God -- HE loves us and HE doesn't make mistakes.

Barbara Ray

At 9:59pm on September 18, 2013, Barbara Ray said…

Hey, Kev .. sounds like ya had the house jumping .. that's always fulfilling.  Staying positive that it all will be coming together .. full circle on our future endeavors .. until then -- will be seeing you soon.


At 6:02am on August 9, 2013, Barbara Ray said…

Things are going to pick up .. all we have to do is keep believing and stay focused.  Glad to hear you are doing well and as usual staying busy.

Take care my Bro see you soon.

Love ... from your Sista/Friend.  

At 7:04am on August 5, 2013, Barbara Ray said…

Hi, Kev:

Haven't touched base with you in a long time.. Hope and pray all is well with you and family. 

We, too, have new addition to the family - my first great grandchild ..  Her name is Lae'la Jacori .. born July 30th ...God is good.

I did go to Ian Kane's jam session in Lawrenceville at Hambone.  It was most enjoyable .. got a chance to do a couple of Standards ;-)

Take care ..

Your sista/friend,


At 4:36am on June 30, 2012, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…

Yes! He is a fabulous drummer!!! sincerely Dr B

At 10:49pm on January 29, 2012, Sydney Ellis said…

Hi Kevin,

I want to do a short tour (2 weeks) in your area at some clubs. It doesn't have to pay a lot. I have been here 17 years and I need to see if my voice still is good enough for the American audiences. Any suggestions about some places to contact.



At 10:51pm on October 6, 2011, Emmett North Jr said…
Hey! My brother Kevin,thanks much for your comment,yes he helped quite a few people,funny enough i learned more about chords,rhythms,harmonies, voicings and playing off time from him,he gave me a break,he also loved jazz,funny enough i listened and played jazz when not on the road,George Benson,Earl Klugh,Wes,Grant Green etc.,i got more into jazz with him and being around so many great musicians,he brought me to pittsburg twice,again thanks my brother,Emmett North Jr.
At 5:10pm on April 20, 2011, Dan Wasson said…
Kev, gotta work. hope all's well, take care
At 9:48pm on March 10, 2011, Dan Wasson said…
Frenchy's is real nice.  wish I could make it, take care
At 3:03am on February 25, 2011, Dr. E said…
Thank you! Did you say you relocated? Well, tell me what's happening there. I may be playing in your area! God willing!
At 2:03pm on February 24, 2011, Dr. E said…

Hey Brother Kevin!! How are you? It it always a pleasure to connect with you. Stay blessed and keep the music in your heart!

Love you, Sista Dr. E

At 4:59am on February 24, 2011, Dr. E gave Kevin Hurst, Sr. a gift
At 4:59am on February 24, 2011, Dr. E said…
Thanks so much Kevin!
At 3:11am on February 9, 2011, Jessica Lee said…
Come on and sit in kevin!  Can see for upcoming non-public gigs in region. . .   hope all is great w you and look forward to seeing and hearing you again soon! truly, jess
At 4:17am on January 25, 2011, Deyana said…

Thanks for the friend request.

My graduate program is actually in genetics not music. Music is just a side one of my side hobbies :-) Stay blessed!



At 6:25pm on December 19, 2010, Dan Wasson said…

Kev, gotta work all weekend. when I'm off I'll give you a call so you can come up aand have some beers, take care

At 4:25am on December 17, 2010, Dan Wasson said…

Kev, wish I could make it down to Kevin Amos's on Saturday, gotta work.  I'm not far from Century II either, it's just that my schedule is all messed up. take care and have fun on Saturday

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