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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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Have lived in the South Hills of Pittsburgh since .... before dirt ws invented!
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Tony Janflone, James Hovan, Brad Yoder, Joel Lindsay,
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Cefalo's (but I remember my favorite was The Top Shelf in Downtown Pgh)
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Honored to have played music with Pittsburgh's finest and funkiest musicians. Most folks are surprised that I had 25 years of classical violin before turning to "the Dark Side". Now play jazz, blues, country, celtic and anything else I can jam fiddle to... I play fiddle, mandolin, and guitar with "The Corned Beef and Curry Band" and have recorded with artists in Pittsburghs' finest studios. I seem to live and breathe music... although my family may not necessarily understand my priorities!
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At 10:26pm on December 15, 2009, brad yoder said…
hope to see you down at the open mic on 12/28--I'm hosting.
I have a possible CB&C charity (lunchtime) gig, if you think you guys might be interested? :]
And, you should definitely meet Roy! (below)
At 6:27pm on January 15, 2009, Roy Sonne said…
Hi Bob,
Good to hear from you. I visited the Corned beef and Curry website. Greatly enjoyed the colorful bios. Looking forward to meeting and hearing you.
At 2:47am on January 15, 2009, Roy Sonne said…
Hey fellow violinist.
Good to see you here.
Hope to meet you in person some day.
Best wishes
At 1:29pm on December 30, 2008, Bruce C said…

Wonderful music indeed Bob...always love a great and versatile string player...worked/volunteered for twenty years with the Great Hudson River Revival ...Pete Seegers great festival on the Hudson River..always loved the venue...your music is enchanting and invites the soul to play in such a nice way...keep up the great work.... Two short notes...1.ever play any "swing" pieces on your "fiddle", @. I have a great "old" dfriend here in Maine who builds violins, violas..and now his first cello...if you know anyone who is interested in beautifully crafted and voiced instruments let me know...Happy New Year, and all the best to you and all in your life...always b
At 6:53pm on December 29, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Bob,

I am so happy that you have joined us. Thank you for posting the wonderful pictures. I miss your playing and hope to see you soon in 2009.



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