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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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Obituary: Delsey McKay / Jazz pianist and songwriter Saturday, December 11, 2004

 By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Delsey McKay, a pianist and songwriter who shared stages with the likes of Duke Ellington a…

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Pittsburgh Jazz Community laments the passing of guitarist Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon

Obituary Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on MArch 3, 1949.  He is the second-born cgild of the ;ate Mary Ell…

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Veteran jazz guitarist and mentor Henderson Thomas, Sr. dies at 84

HENDERSON THOMAS Sr. Obituary |  Condolences THOMASHENDERSON, Sr.On October 23, 2014, Henderson Thomas, Sr., 84, of North Versailles,…

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Joe Sample, Iconic Jazz Pianist, Dies at 75

VALLERY JEAN/FILMMAGIC SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 | 09:08AM PT Maane Khatchatourian @MaaneKhat Legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample died on Fr…

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Gerald Wilson dies at 96; multifaceted jazz musician

In a lifetime that spanned a substantial portion of the history of jazz, Gerald Wilson’s combination of articulate composition skills…

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2 Sep 11, 2014
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Violinist John Blake Jr. Dead at 67

Worked as leader and with McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr., and others By Jeff Tamarkin Violinist John Blake Jr. passed away Aug. 15 f…

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0 Aug 19, 2014

Idris Muhammad, Legendary Jazz Drummer, Dead at 74 on July 29, 2014

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Renowned Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76

Jul 13, 2014 By Charles J. Gans, Associated Press Write This undated file photo provided by Universal Music Group shows bassist Charlie…

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Horace Silver, 85, Master of Earthy Jazz, Is Dead Photo Horace Silver in 1997. Credi…

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Pittsburgh remembers Ruby Dee

Jun 18, 2014 By C. Denise Johnson PLAYWRIGHTS—Mark Southers and Ruby Dee, Kim Ellis in back. (Photo courtesy of Mark Southers) The…

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