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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 9:49pm on January 2, 2019, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

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At 10:04pm on January 14, 2010, Shawn Cohen said…
Hello Dr. Leo, Thanks for asking to be my friend on this lovely jazz network. Wishing you all the best from London :-) Shawn
At 11:33pm on August 31, 2009, Garl Germany III said…
Hope all is well Leo,
Their is a 5th Ave HS reunion this weekend at Highland Part will you be thier. Garl
At 7:56am on January 16, 2009, Pieronymus said…

At 9:10am on January 2, 2009, LINDA ASSOCIATION SOUL JAZZ said…
Wishing you a healthy Happy New Year with lots of love and prosperity.
At 3:47am on January 2, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Wow! You are soooo right. George Green and I cut our musical teeth together in the Beethoven Bebops along with Jerry Byrd, John Heard, Allen Blairman, Richard Gaither, Roscoe Vire, etc. we all said the very same thing when we first heard Trane... "he sounds just like George Green."
At 6:58pm on December 13, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Leo,
I just got back home so I had a chance to listen to your music. I love your warm sound. I wish you continued success in everything that you do!
At 9:38am on December 8, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Leo,
the honor would be mine.
I think this is what this music is for, speaking through and for those who do not have the vocabulary but whose wisdom, joy and suffering we are here to give voice to. Thank you so much for your encouragement! I feel blessed that we are all here to do this together.
At 3:26pm on December 6, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Dr Casino, thank you so much for your request. I´m not at a computer with speakers, I´m looking forward to hearing your music. However, I was so moved and inspired by reading about your work of love and reaching out to your community. I wish you all the strength in your continued work. Have a blessed day.
At 9:28am on November 9, 2008, Margareth Osju said…

I'm listening to your music and I really like your sound. Wonderful. Best wishes from Sweden. Margareth
At 8:21pm on September 29, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey Dr,
Have a great week!
Be blessed,
At 6:15am on September 1, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Yeah, the gig did exceed all expectations, and we definitely have to do it again. I'm very glad to know that you made it home safely.
At 4:38pm on July 28, 2008, Renee Fiallos said…
hi dr. caino, heard your name many times, funny to meet on the pittsburgh jazz connection when we're both in miami
happy trails
At 10:37am on May 26, 2008, LINDA ASSOCIATION SOUL JAZZ said…
thank you!
At 2:46am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hi Leo,
Thanks for the friendship here and on Myspace.
Let's stay in touch!

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