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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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Funeral Services for BUTCH WARREN October 15, 2013 - Washington DC's great bassist! 11:00AM WESTMINSTER CHURCH 400 I STREET SW DC

Added by WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK Send Message   View Events Event Details Time: October 15, 2013 from 11am to 1pm Location: WESTMI…

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Farewell to Jimmy Ponder - May 10, 1946 - September 16, 2013

  Influential Guitarist, Song Writer, and Proflic Recording Artis ,  Soul-Jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder is well known to serious jazz lovers…

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CORNELIUS RICHARD "NEENY" HARP Sr. of the Marcels dies

CORNELIUS RICHARD "NEENY" HARP Sr. This Guest Book will remain online until 6/8/2014. Learn More Add a message to the Guest Book June…

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Mulgrew Miller, Influential Jazz Pianist, Dies at 57

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times Mulgrew Miller — a soloist, academic and sideman— with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. By NATE CH…

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Obituary: David Early / Longtime Pittsburgh actor on stage, screen

March 27, 2013 12:08 am By Barbara Vancheri / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In "I'm Not Rappaport," actor David Early imparted a weathered dign…

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LLOYD ALLEN COOK Age 90, of Highland Park, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at his home in Tampa, FL. Devoted husband of th…

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0 Mar 14, 2013

Donald Byrd, legendary Detroit jazz man, dies at 80

Trumpeter, composer and educator Donald Byrd, one of the most important, widely recorded and versatile jazz musicians to come roaring…

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4 Feb 16, 2013
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Matter and Beyond - Metaphysics of Experience

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Obituary: Rosslyn Leiber Litman / Jewelry entrepreneur, wife of nightclub owner

Died Dec. 20, 2012 December 22, 2012 12:13 am By Mackenzie Carpenter / Pittsburgh  Post-Gazette She mingled with the stars during Downtow…

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CHARLES BELL, pianist, father of choreographer Linda Imani Barrett & drummer Poogie Bell passes in New York City

Charles Bell was a well-trained classical pianist who graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in the early 1950s.  He turned his a…

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