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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: 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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0 Dec 23, 2012

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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11 Dec 12, 2012
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Derrick Bell, Law Professor and Rights Advocate, Dies at 80 - elder brother of pianist/composer Charles Bell who just passed

 > October 6, 2011 By FRED A. BERNSTEIN   Derrick Bell, a legal scholar who saw persistent racism in America and sought to expose…

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1 Dec 10, 2012
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Pete La Roca Sims, Distinctive Jazz

By NATE CHINEN  Pete La Roca Sims, a powerful and distinctive drummer who created the pulse for some of jazz’s leading figures from the lat…

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1 Dec 9, 2012
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RIP Dave

RIP DAVE BRUBECK Now it's time for you to "TAKE FIVE" HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering styl…

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4 Dec 9, 2012
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2 Dec 8, 2012
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Obituary: Gertrude Wade / First black woman to be principal of a city school

Nov. 3, 1922 - Nov. 9, 2012 November 12, 2012 12:13 am By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh  Post-Gazette Gertrude Wade, the first black female pr…

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1 Dec 7, 2012
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Norman Humphries, Sr. Memorial Services

Memorial services are being held for Norman Humphries, Sr., father of Greg Humphries and brother of Roger Humphries, at Metropolitan Baptis…

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1 Nov 29, 2012
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Bassist Bill Berinsky passes on Sunday October 14, 2012

We have lost another Pittsburgh musician this past Sunday evening:  Bill Berinsky... the brother of Paul Berinsky.  Bill was a very talente…

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3 Oct 18, 2012
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