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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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       In Her Own Words

ANNE ROBIN FRIEDLAND Obituary | Condolences ANNE ROBIN FRIEDLAND Obituary FRIEDLAND ANNE ROBIN On Sunday, March 22, 2015. Beloved daughter of Marilyn and the late Irvin Friedland; sister of Paul Friedland and Sharon Buford. Anne was an accomplished musician having played all over the world. Services and Entombment will be on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC. Send condolences Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2015 - See more at:

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RIP Annie. She will be missed by many of the Pittsburgh music community. She had a great talent and was a composer as well. Sincere condolences to her family.

Though Annie had the voice of an angel (including whistle register), the weight of this time and space world can be hard to bear at times. She was also a gifted keyboard player who could sing and play simultaneously in triple threat fashion (voice, chords and bass lines) while swinging with a deep pocket.  We will miss her on this side but we are certain she has a permanent gig as an Angel now. Her memory will be kept alive on this network until we see her again.

Please feel free to visit her page and leave some memories and comments (including photos and vids) if you have any.  R.I.P. now Sister Annie.

Rip. I had the pleasure of her talents.

So sorry to hear this news. Worked with Annie quite a few times. She was extremely talented. She could sing Misty in Eb. Not a girls key!! I will miss her very much! RIP dear Annie.


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