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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 1:53pm on May 30, 2010, bob studebaker said…
Peter, thanks for your thoughtful and passionate words about the threat to jazz radio....the idea that jazz isn't important to Pittsburgh is absurd and could only come from people who are sadly disconnected from the city and it's history. The urban planning analogy is maddeningly appropriate for those of us who remember what happened to East Liberty.
At 9:20pm on September 22, 2009, The Blues Orphans said…
Hi Peter, thanks for the friend add. It's great to see you on here and to hear from you again. It has been a long, long time. See our posted events and hopefully we'll be seeing you soon. Thanks
PS: check us out on Pittsburgh Live Music too
Thanks, The Blues Orphans
At 2:40pm on September 11, 2009, Matt Ferrante said…
Can't wait to hear the CD. I think the cello will work nicely. No worries.
At 1:58pm on September 11, 2009, Mark Koch said…
Hi Peter,
Thanks so much for the P-G article on Bucky Pizzarelli!!
I am trying to get a redo date for Bucky, will keep you posted.
Hope things are going well, stop by school sometime.
At 5:21am on September 11, 2009, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Sounds great Peter!! Wishing all the very best to you always.
At 8:34pm on December 31, 2008, Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell said…
Yes Peter it has, I will post some things. Thank you for all your support through the years.
At 12:42am on November 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Peter,

It is great to have the Post-Gazette represented in our membership. We have many members who have concerns about the jazz coverage by the P-G and we view your presence here is a positive sign. We encourage you to express yourself freely here where no opinion is undervalued.
At 2:41pm on November 13, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Peter
My rhythm world thanks you for joining!
Be blessed!

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