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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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Born in McGee Hospital
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Kenny Fisher, David Sugar Caine, Roger Humphries, Greg Humphries,, Tony Mock, Wm "Mokey" Germany, Horace and Mary Turner, Luther Dejarunett, Joe Harris, CHANO POZO, Pello El Afrokan, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, J C Moses, Clifford Robinson, Lester Ellis, William "Cheif" Banks, Richard Harris, Tubby Daniels, Dwayne Dolphin , Sean Jones, Ron Johnson Bey, Earl "Mo" Reynolds, Cecilo Valdez Washington, George Jones, Dr. Leonard Johnson, Bagumba, Crinston Bro. Q Wilborn, John Mosley, Butch Jones, Gary Howard, Al Gee, Marcus Miller, Butch McGee and Georgie Benson
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The Crawford Grill, The Hurricane, The Crazy Quilt and CJ's
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I'm a Congas Player that learned on the streets of Pittsburgh. I Study hand druming from around the world and I will be a student for life.
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At 11:27pm on October 25, 2010, Gerald Woods said…
This is me man Love and Happiness.
At 11:19pm on October 25, 2010, Gerald Woods said…
Whats up Garl,Im back in town and at it again,Im in the wood shed now learning new things and perfecting my stuff,good to have you on board as a friend,look forward to jammin with you.

At 9:03pm on February 24, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Garl Germany III.,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:


At 1:44pm on November 4, 2009, Eric Johnson said…
At 4:40am on October 29, 2009, Ahmad Sandidge said…
Great photo....enjoy Ahmad Sandidge
At 7:45pm on September 1, 2009, DR. LEO CASINO said…
Hi Garl, yes I will be there in the burg Thursday
At 4:32pm on December 30, 2008, Dan Wasson said…
back at you Garl
At 6:12pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Garl
check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz



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