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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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I've been in Pgh since 1995. This is where I learned how to play. This is where my musical heart is.
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Jimmy Ponder, Ray Brown, Roger Humphries, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Strayhorn,...
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Crawford, James St., Balcony,...
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I am a guitarist with a B.M. from Duquesne University and a M.M. from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently I am working towards my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. My dissertation focuses on jazz in Pittsburgh from 1948-1968.
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At 5:25am on May 15, 2011, ian kane said…
hey- i just met carolyn pertite tonight and then checked out her music... and if you're the guy that wrote 'just a melody' i'd like to meet you! great performance by Carolyn.
At 3:14pm on January 23, 2010, Mike Murray said…
Hey, remember that time you asked me to meet you up at Pitt and play through some tunes? That was a good idea.
At 3:13pm on January 23, 2010, Mike Murray said…
At 5:27pm on March 7, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It's very nice to hear from you Colter. Thanks for your respnse. You're headed for greatness...a pleasure to listen to.

Best wishes,

At 4:21pm on March 7, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
What's up Yoseph? You comin' out Sunday to hear Ponder?
Hope to see you there.
At 4:55am on July 2, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
So wonderful to see you here Colter....let me know when you're playing out next. I'd love to come and hear you play. Angela
At 3:28pm on March 12, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yea Colter, Let's play! ciao, -janelle 412.657.9335
At 6:20pm on March 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Colter!

Browse the pictures and you will get and interesting perspective on the local history.



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