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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 3:48am on June 11, 2010, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hey Your page is like my life! i would be glad to be on ypour show. I am having a terrible time here, mainly becausem I play an iuinstrument and don't just sing.
At 5:19pm on July 19, 2009, Lilly Abreu said…
Hi Jerry,

Yes, I would love to be a guest on your show. Send me an e-mail at
At 9:23pm on March 19, 2009, Benjy Myaz said…
Let me know whats good....!
Much Respect.
At 3:53am on March 6, 2009, Olga Watkins said…
Hi Jerry.
Sounds good. I was out of town but will call you asap.
At 10:59am on March 3, 2009, Linda Marcus said…
Thanks Jerry,
I would like very much to be on your radio show to talk about lyric writing! I will be in Hollywood in April and will be in touch long before then!
All Best Wishes, Linda
At 2:48am on March 3, 2009, Kevin H said…
Hello Jerry, I will give you a call tomorrow, just got back from DC..
At 11:42am on March 1, 2009, ABSHALOM BEN SHLOMO said…
At 3:16am on March 1, 2009, Khepera said…
JB -

Thanks for the shout out! Long time no hear. I've been reapportioning my energy, focus & time. You may see me in here more frequently for a while. I will call you Monday -- I just tried, only to discover it's a business #.

in peace & respect
At 5:44am on February 28, 2009, Julia said…
Hey there I just received this email from you where you state that you would like for me to be a guest on your radio show? There must be a mistake because I am not working as a jazz musician at this time, although in the past -- I was a professional vocalist and did some work in a vocal jazz trio. I also write songs and performed for many years in a club date band among other things. But I think maybe you have me confused with someone else? Please get back to me soon to clarify the email for me, ok? Thanks so much! -J-
At 11:37am on February 27, 2009, Didier EUZET Composer said…
Thanks Jerry...
At 11:37am on February 27, 2009, derrick schippers said…
Thanks Jerry, thanks for having me as your friend. I would love to be your guest on your show.Hope to talk to you soon.
At 9:43pm on February 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jerry,

Thanks for coming over here. I'll check out your radio show tonight. Looking forward to your expanded profile

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