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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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Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell's Comments

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At 4:36pm on November 2, 2014, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…

Hopefully "CJ's" will return from the dead and continue to be the home of great Pittsburgh musicians like Tony Campbell and his friends. Jazz Surgery continues in all our memories to be a fountain of joy and entertainment!! sincerely Dr Bruce, and

At 11:55am on August 18, 2010, dave roth said…
great to meet you last nite & talk about the greats... pgh is an amazing place to study & play!

see you soon... david
At 5:42pm on March 22, 2010, Barbara Ray said…

Good seeing you today ... took me back to CJ's..

At 6:58pm on December 29, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Tony ! Welcome to ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany.
At 9:50pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
Hey Tony!
Probably don't remember me but it's Mark Leonard bruh....Now that I'm retired, I have nothing nut time on my hands! I hope that I can catch you playing somewhere and hear some REAL music....although you play sax and I play drums, I learned some stuff about "the craft" from you when I was just a young one hanging with my cousin Hump at the K&S Lounge and places of the like, thanks man!
At 7:43pm on June 12, 2009, Bonita R. Thomas said…
Jazz surgery... Hi how are you. Very nice music. What is this concept... Jazz surgery.

Hope to get back to sing and play.

Always enjoy your virtuous playing.

At 4:26am on May 19, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Tony, My heart goes out to you. Your a very warm and heartfelt person I've grown to admire and trust. I"m deeply appreciative of knowing you your dad and your history. I'll never forget that theft of your saxophone at Pitt music library, but what a recovery it turned out to be. You are a Pittsburgh icon I got to know. I cherish knowing you. Your Brother, ALI.
At 1:22am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 4:52am on January 9, 2009, James R. Meny said…
Tony, we need to get together for lunch or dinner sometime. It seems we are close to being on the same page on some issues in the Jazz community of Pittsburgh. Love to hear some of your ideas. Let's talk soon. James
At 4:50am on January 9, 2009, James R. Meny said…
Oh, ok. Get it. Makes sense. I am called by some of my clients as "voice911." So, surgery makes a lot of sense....Dr. Campbell.
At 4:29am on January 9, 2009, James R. Meny said…
Ok, I have to ask....What is Jazz Surgery? I know it's the name of your band but what does the "surgery" part imply?

At 2:56pm on January 4, 2009, Ahveekhy said…
Tony, thanks for inviting me to your jam session last night. I was GREAT! Look forward to more in the future. By the way I know I've told you before but this song girl talk you did no words can describe how great it sounds...I'll start with sublime...By the way I posted some of the songs from the jam session last night on my page...Stop by and check it out...and some of the songs we did at the Kelly Strayhorne Show...Peace Ahveekhy
At 3:02am on September 18, 2008, sean jones said…
At 1:02am on September 9, 2008, Nancy Persinger said…
Dear Tony,
It's so nice to read about you and realize that you're held in such deservedly high regard by your peers. I carry with me always the memory of your hauntingly, lush rendition of "Naima," in which you clearly outshine Coltrane.
With love,
Nancy P.
At 6:50pm on August 31, 2008, Roger Dannenberg said…
Hi Tony, I'm always happy when you're on the gig. -Roger
At 1:24pm on August 31, 2008, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Yo Tony man it is good to see you here ! I sat with you and Dan Wasson in Harrisburg a coupla yrs ago on 'Dolphin Dance' Keep T.C.B. ! kevin hurst
At 6:42am on August 31, 2008, PMT Studio said…
PhotobucketGreat ensemble smooth Jazz
At 3:58pm on August 30, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…, you can talk to this "Girl" anytime ~ Ha! SoO soulful!
...and you cook...!?! Hahahaha! Love to you my brother ~ lets hang soon! -janelle
At 3:20pm on August 30, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Hey Tony, Haven't seen you for a while. Hope all is well. Miss hearing you. Keep in touch.
Warmest regards,
At 2:44am on August 30, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Hey man, that was beautiful. I've heard you off and on, through the years but never with a band of the size that is backing you on this session. Good luck and much continued success.

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