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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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At 11:49pm on December 12, 2009, Andy Bianco said…
Hey Nice meeting you last night :)
At 3:47pm on May 17, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Let's talk about music and the mind. Music educators tend to miss the point. Watch my videos as soon as you can.
At 8:51pm on February 28, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
Righteous!! Darmon is awesome. Have fun, Later,
At 4:32am on February 27, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
Oh, and come down to The 1902 Tavern Tonight (friday night) to here me and Tony DePaolis play with Jimmy Ponder. We're on at 9pm. Hope you can make it.
At 4:28am on February 27, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
You know the difference between an Alto Sax and a Lawn Mower?
The Grip! Har Har Har
How ya doin'? Hope to see you out dere at Ava soon.
Peace, Alex Peck
At 2:36am on January 6, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hey Abby, Glad to have you as a friend. Yeah, I'm back in Pittsburgh now. I'm sure I'll run into you at one of the sessions soon. Take care.
At 11:13pm on December 21, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Abby,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Jazz Workshop, Inc. Big Band meets on Jan. 10th at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood in the auditorium.

You and Joe and any other musicians you know are welcome to come.

We read charts and learn big band and jam session techniques.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 6:07am on December 17, 2008, Kevin McManus said…
Hey Abby! Great meeting you this past week and thanks a lot for the add. Was Sean Jones killing!?!?!?!? I'm hardly ever on you do facebook or myspace?
At 5:00am on December 17, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Abby,

It was so nice to meet and play with you at Ava on Monday. You really know how to get around that horn. I'm sure you realize that you are traversing proving ground and we know you will rise to the occasion. This is how we all hone our skills and it is the core of our great tradition. Please help us recruit your classmates and students as members. Our youngest member in 9 years old and he will be looking for inspiration and encouragement from friends like you. Have a swinging holiday and the best in 2009. See you at the jams.
At 11:12pm on December 16, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Abby,

How is everything?

I'm glad to see you joined the network!

Also, that's really great how you play at the jam sets at CJ's.

I wish you he best with your student teaching.

I really like having you as a friend and colleague.

Your welcome to come to Jazz Workshop, Inc. in Jan. 09 to play in the Jazz Ensemble from 3 PM to 4:30 PM at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Homewood 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Good Luck and Keep Swinging!

Ed Skirtich
Trumpet/CJ's Jam Set
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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