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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words

From my private collection one of the masters at the height of his vocal power and doin' this after smokin' a cigarette. Incredible. Enjoy this legend at work.

Stan Gilmer

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Comment by Stan Gilmer on July 26, 2010 at 9:51am
Theme "Murphy Here".
Comment by Stan Gilmer on February 23, 2010 at 3:33pm
Cold Blooded Pro Bro.
Comment by Stan Gilmer on May 26, 2008 at 3:57am
I think u mean Fip Ricard if I'm not mistaken. Fip took over the band when George Rhodes died. I tried to contact Clayton Clarymore Sammy's last steady drummer. I have his drum book marked C.C. but he did not respond so I just let it go.
Comment by Stan Gilmer on May 26, 2008 at 3:54am
In my dreams. This is a Boss Band and I am paying my dues now hoping one day to get a chance to work with a great band like the legend. I have this arrangement, the actual chart from his book, long story. Trust me and I'm working with Chuck Funn's band now in rehearsal to unleash it. Yes, I can hit the notes but he's the master and the cat I listen to the most.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 26, 2008 at 1:07am

Thank you so much for posting this vid. I played this show with Sammy and George for a week in Pittsburgh, hung out with Sam but was too dumb to get any pictures. Are you in the orchestra? Fip Richard was on lead trumpet when I played it.

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