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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 3:43am on November 20, 2009, Kenny Clarke said…
Hi Pete Jazz B3 Organist Kenny Clarke friend of Lonnie Gasparini would like for you to check out my site have a great new Trio would like to see if your interested in
Thank you
Kenny Clarke
At 1:20am 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 4:39am on December 18, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thank you dear Pete!
Much love and peace to you,
At 12:46am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Hi Pete, I,m the guitarist on Gene Ludwig's Back On The Track album. Really glad you give such support to all the great jazz organists.
Thank you.
Warmest regards,
At 2:33am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Dear Pete,

Thank you so much for your friendship and will be a pleasure stay in touch!

All the best to you!

At 2:34pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
At 11:36pm on March 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Pete,

So glad you joined us. I love your website. You have a Pittsburgher on your record label - Bill Heid.

Peace & jazz,


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