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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 7:25am on September 8, 2010, George Heid said…
Happy Birthday Brotha George. Quite a journey isn't it? And mighty sweet to be on life's path with you my friend.
At 3:32am on December 20, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
i hope that i can make it one night, seen you then!
At 9:43pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
Hey Cousin!
Hope one day to run into you in a jazz club rather than on line! Now that I'm retired, I have nothing but time!

At 3:51pm on December 6, 2009, Felicia said…
Hey George it's Felicia,
Email me me your email address so I can send you your photos and video. My E-M is:
At 9:59pm on October 1, 2009, Felicia said…
Hi George I would like you to do a performance with the Jazz Workshop,Family Night, Nov. 25th 2009.
Please contact me here at my e mail and leave me your contact number. Peace & Blessings.
At 8:15pm on June 1, 2009, Felicia said…
Hi George I would like you to do a performance with the Jazz Workshop, Inc. Please contact me here or at
Peace & Blessings
At 4:42pm on April 30, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your response George. I really like your playing.


At 4:49pm on April 22, 2009, Hassan Jones said…
Hey Pop; Salsamba is my favorit jazz grupe Thanks.Your pictures are grate .
At 4:45pm on April 18, 2009, Hassan Jones said…
Dad your looking good .Thanks for giving me life lrts be friends on the jazz network.
At 1:50am 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 1:12am on February 27, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Thanks for the Friend Add George. I hope I can continue to contribute in my own small way here and it's been a pleasure "meeting" all these great musicians that knew my dad; I had no idea of how many of you guys regularly played together! By the way, I uploaded a picture yesterday and I think it might be you in the corner. Please view it and confirm so I can update the caption. Thanks.
At 6:26pm on January 16, 2009, Linda Jones said…
Hey PT! re that pic 89 (90)...ooh yeah, the "insurance man"... i'm in good hands ;)
At 8:00pm on January 2, 2009, Paul Thompson said…
Wow! You better explain what pic #89 is all about, my friend!!!
At 9:46pm on December 13, 2008, Thomas Wendt said…
"Insurance Man",

Thank you for all you've done for me over the years - I've known you more than half of my life! It is an honor to continue to play with you and learn from you.

See you very soon,

At 11:53pm on November 22, 2008, Little E's Jazz Club said…
George its George at Little E's Call me. 412-392-2217
At 10:01pm on September 23, 2008, Moe Seager said…
Wow, you had an incredible childhood experience with your mother, many jazz greats. I remember when you backed me up a few times as I poemed. I'm glad to know you remain a staple of the Pgh. Jazz scene. See you on my next visit to the Burgh. I hope we join each other again in word-beat. If you send me your email, I'll send you some poems. My latest, Jazz Is, now on Pittsburgh Jazz Network member page. I recall well, your eclectic cultural consciousness. Me:
Keep the Beat on the Pulse of Life
Moe Seager
At 8:32pm on September 23, 2008, Tony DePaolis said…
More photos! Great to see these gems coming out of the collection.... forget about another calender, someone should get with you and publish a book of your work....
At 4:34pm on August 13, 2008, Patrick Susoeff said…
thank you!

At 5:13pm on August 7, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi George
Your photgraphs are so great..Love seeing them..You are an artist here as well. Have you thought of putting a showing together in Pgh?
That would be great..maybe a joint showing with others that were posted here from Nelson, George Heid, and other wonderful photography contributors here.THere are some amazing pics on this site
There should be a permanet place in Pgh where these are displayed..
Would love to see you all be able to sell some of these too
How about a pgh jazz commeration calendar...
Hmmm...maybe someone will pick up on this ...Got any ideas Nelson?(!!!)
Thanks for sharing your art(s) George,
At 10:22pm on August 2, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
Hey George,
... such a pleasure making music with you last night...sad that the rain came just as were beginning to levitate! Thanks for your great music and inspiration. See you in a minute.

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