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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 have been enjoying playing with the best of Pittsburgh's jazz scene since 1997 and have been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1996.
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At 1:36pm on February 9, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Jeff,


Dear Genie,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work 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:
Minds of Glass: ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board)."


P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

At 8:06pm on September 9, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Jeff,

I hope all is well with you.

I'm writing in regards to finding interns for upright/electric bass and strings (violin and viola) for the Jazz Workshop, Inc. Saturday School of Music that meets every Saturday from 12 PM to 4:30 PM on the Lower Level of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood.

Orientation and registeration is this Saturday from 12 PM to 4:30 PM at CLPGH-Homewood located at 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Please contact me ASAP about this.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 1:06am on January 25, 2009, Harold Walker said…
Have seen you in a while. I hope all is well with you .Peaceful Rhythms always. Harold " DoctorFunk " Walker
At 2:47pm on January 4, 2009, Ahveekhy said…
Jeff nice playin' with you at Tony's jam session last night. You sound good as usual. I have some of the songs done last night uploaded on my page stop by and check it out. Start with song number 6. Peace Ahveekhy
At 12:59am on July 27, 2008, Kevin Amos said…
Hey Jeff...Glad to be on board.

At 5:07am on July 24, 2008, Ahveekhy said…
Jeff thanks for the add. Really appreciated hearing you play with Tony Campbell at CJ's last month. Hope to get a chance to hear you play again. Peace Ahveekhy
At 1:40am on July 9, 2008, George C Jones said…
Hey Jeff,
i had a ball playing with you Sun. you always sound great i'm looking forward to the project we talked about. l'm open for any ideas you might have.
At 3:55am on June 18, 2008, Chelsea Baratz said…
Jeff! You're the best. I heard you're back in Pittsburgh, how is life? How is your family? I miss you & your playing.
At 6:04pm on June 2, 2008, Diva JC said…
Hey, Jeff, we here in South Florida wondered where you've were. Good to be in touch. Check out my site

Love and Music
Joan Cartwright
Diva JC
At 12:52am on May 26, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jeff,

You'll see how this network compares to any other you are on. Browse around the member pages and see what other are doing. Chjeck out the availabel gadgets you can readily add including the new Ning Network Merchant Store... all free.



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