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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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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 17, 2013 at 5:39am

Technical shortcomings notwithstanding, Leo, this is a priceless piece and we are blessed that you had the motivation to capture this. I encourage others to document more first voice history as well while it is available. Thank you so much for posting it.  This is what the PJN is really all about.

Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on November 6, 2013 at 5:38am
Thanks Martin ,I will be in touch
Comment by martin thomas on November 6, 2013 at 5:07am

I could help you next time if it works out time-wise. I would use a directional mic and point it away from the tv if it had to be on and he couldn't change locations. A curtain behind him might also mute the reflection of the tv sound back into the camera mic.

Comment by J. Malls on November 5, 2013 at 8:21pm

That's interesting. I have the early Ahmad Jamal LP's from 1955. I know a guy with an Ahmad Jamal 78, that's obviously earlier. I look forward to learning about all of this!

Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on November 5, 2013 at 8:05pm
He has recorded with Bull Moose Jackson and a 15 year old Ahmad Jamal ,Horace was the first jazz artist to open a record store in Pittsburgh
Comment by J. Malls on November 5, 2013 at 7:39pm

Also, I'm looking around online and it doesn't look like Horace Turner ever recorded with anybody. Is that so?

Comment by J. Malls on November 5, 2013 at 7:32pm

I figured that's why the TV was on, lol. There are some obvious technical things that need to be worked out, but the subject matter and the content that are coming out are phenomenal. I have a friend who produces video who may be willing to help as well.

Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on November 5, 2013 at 7:16pm
You are right,the residents did not want the tv turned down,maybe you could help me the next time I tape him.I could use some help my friend
Comment by martin thomas on November 5, 2013 at 6:45pm

watch the back light; have the window behind the camera and a dark wall or cloth behind Mr Turner. Notice how better the picture is when you crop the window out. Please turn the tv down next time too. Great information though. Very interesting. Thank you.

Comment by DR. LEO CASINO on November 5, 2013 at 2:43pm
Thank you so much,the music scene in Pittsburgh was an example for the nation.Horace told me I was a cousin of Stanley Turrentizne through marriage.One of my biggest influences on tenor sax.Horace auditioned for the role in Casablanca playing piano but he said he could not do all the shucking and jiving the director wanted him to do

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