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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 11:29pm on May 20, 2012, tonya davis said…
Unclee jerry I met to give u my phone number and email adress 954-529-1704 . I don't know how to send u a pic so go on my facebook so u can see what I. Look like ok
At 8:25pm on May 20, 2012, tonya davis said…
Hi uncle jerry this is your neice tonya davis thelma williams daughters your brother which is my dad wendell I will send u a picture of me I look just like him.please write me back
At 1:04am on October 1, 2009, Cindy Devereaux said…
Hi Jerry,

Its nice meeting you here on this fabulous site. I heard Thailand is a great place to play music so I'm sure you're having a good time. Actually.... you vibe like you could have a great time anywhere.

Keep spreading the joy!

Best wishes,
At 9:14pm on September 1, 2009, DR. LEO CASINO said…
Hello my brother, this is Leo from Miami by way of the Hill. Remember when you played with Brother Jack McDuff in Miami and your amp blew.We went to my house and you used my Little Peavey amp. Yawl cooked that night.
I was honored my brother,you have always been a class act,

At 3:33am on August 14, 2009, Donna Bailey said…
Hi're so nice for saying that. You look good, too! I will tell Gene you said hello. Hope to meet you soon and hear you play.
At 2:10am on August 14, 2009, Anne Annie Friedland said…
My computer won't type a small D so I am not crazy. Fu ny story> Wenell anD I haD a gig, We stoppe D at a gas station on Wash., BlvD.He wanteD an inspection sticker.Later on when he went to apply it it was a nickel bag of POT! We laugheD a,ll the way home.,.
At 9:16pm on August 13, 2009, Andrea said…
Greetings from Pittsburgh,
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Jazz Network public place for you to meet and enlarge your friends, acquaintance. Moving out of our comfort zones of couch potato minds. I hope you enjoy your time share online with us browsing through many zones in the galaxy of jazz favorites.
At 6:08pm on August 13, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Jerry ,I met you when you and gene were at the hurricane. back in the 60 's Your brother Wendell taught me everything i know on the B3 ,I am thinking of doing a tribute to Wendell on a few of the tunes... God Bless JP
At 5:33pm on August 13, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Hey Jerry ...
Welcome , Let us know what you are doing and apearing so we can check you out.. I knew Wendell well, when i had the clubs out on RT. 51.. Cheers john papi
At 7:24am on August 13, 2009, Marva Josie said…
Welcome 'Jerry Byrd' - enjoy and happy your part of our Jazz Network.

At 5:47am on August 13, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jerry,

You are getting good at this cyber thing like you play the guitar. Now if I can just get Allen Blairman and John Heard to join us we'll turn this thing around. Did you see the picture of the original Beethoven Bebops? That's the only photo i have. We didn't take pictures of ourselves back then. Too busy learning tunes. Post a photo on your profile so I can feature you.

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