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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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Mother's side of the family lived there. Elmer 'Bunny' Drown was my great grandfather. I also found online that some records have him listed as Elmer 'Buddy' Drown.
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I am trying to find out any information about my great grandfather, pictures, if there are any. All help would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted on January 18, 2012 at 11:00pm 9 Comments

Hello all,

I am currently in search of information about a particular musician who performed with the California-Ramblers and Max Adkins. The musician was Elmer "Bunny" Drown, he was my great grandfather and I know very little about him. The only remnants of him left in my family are a picture of him and his sax. What I know is he played tenor sax and clarinet, he lived in Pittsburgh, was married to Anne ( they had two children Ronald and Douglas). I am trying to find any possible…


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At 10:23pm on October 25, 2014, Nanette Stegman McAtee said…

Hello Bruce,

My 90 year old father, William Stegman,  knew your great grandfather, Bunny Drown.  While your great grandfather was playing at the Stanley Theater, my Dad was playing with a band, lead by Luke Riley, at the Casino Theater in Pittsburgh. My father and Bunny played together and were friends. My Dad  has a great story about  drinking champagne one night with Bunny and Matty Shiner.  Matty Shiner bought champagne to celebrate my Dad starting in the band....Matty and Eddie Shiner taught him trombone.  Before they poured, Bunny said, "Wait, wait!!"  Bunny ran down a couple blocks to  a bar and returned with hollow stem champagne glasses to drink from.   BTW, we are drinking champagne from hollow stem glasses now and reminiscing. My Dad also remembers bumping into Bunny buying chocolates for his wife at a candy store in Pittsburgh. 


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