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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 will surely miss Jimmy. He was a sweet soul. Loved him and his music. May he rest…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Sep 17, 2013 to Farewell to Jimmy Ponder - May 10, 1946 - September 16, 2013

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"Singing with the Angels!!"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Jun 9, 2013 to CORNELIUS RICHARD "NEENY" HARP Sr. of the Marcels dies

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"Linda and Poogie, My most sincere condolences on the passing of your father, Charles…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Dec 9, 2012 to CHARLES BELL, pianist, father of choreographer Linda Imani Barrett & drummer Poogie Bell passes in New York City

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"So sorry to hear this Greg and Roger. I remember him from our old group, Roger. May…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Nov 29, 2012 to Norman Humphries, Sr. Memorial Services

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"I played many gigs with Bill. I know now he is with the Lord. I'm sure he is resting…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Oct 18, 2012 to Bassist Bill Berinsky passes on Sunday October 14, 2012

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"RIP Leroy. Another senseless killing of a child of God. It was always fun gigging wi…"

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Sep 12, 2012 to Leroy K. Wofford Obituary - September 9, 2012

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"Very sad..........RIP now brother."

Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied Aug 12, 2012 to DEATH NOTICE OF BASSIST NORBERT F. "NORM" HOGEL

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