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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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I am originally from Chicago Illinois.Arrived in Pittsburgh in 1976.Attended University of Pittsburgh graduate school in Ethnomusicology.Member of House of Soul Band,Southern Comfort Band,Cross Culture Group and various other musical groups.
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Roger Humphries and R.H Factor,Jay Willis ,Mark Strickland and other Unsung Heroes of Pittsburgh.
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I am a tenor and soprano saxophonist.I also play clarinet on occasion.
I have interest in performance,composition and arranging.I enjoy a variety of different styles of music including Jazz, R&B and others.I enjoy musical dialogue,encouraging youth and recognizing the talents
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At 7:38pm on June 13, 2011, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
PEACE  Mr. Stemley Remelle and Tommy Lumpkins will be at the AAMI on June 18,&19, 2011.   Please check them out!  Also Tommy just completed vocal coaching for the American Idol 2011 season with Rodney Jerkins/Darkchild. PEACE  Charles Lumpkins
At 12:47pm on June 8, 2010, Michelle said…
Hi Calvin,
Thanks for the kind and encouraging words. I'm sure I'll be seeing you around. I try to catch you guys every chance I get and I hope to see you at Cabaret some time. Peace and blessings to you!
At 2:50pm on May 23, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
Hello Calvin.... what happened, I thought we were going to do collaborate with Mark in his studio.

I am looking for some projects... provide percussion support to those interested.

Take care, man
At 3:02pm on April 19, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hey Calvin,
Great to be back in touch with you! I will be back in the burgh officially the first week of June. I am looking forward to playing with you again. My Dad is doing well, my daughter will be twenty this year, and my grandson will be three. Funny you leave your home town for seven years and come back a grand father and a little grayer. LOL! I hope all is well there with you, see you soon
At 1:02am on April 19, 2010, Betty Ann Wade said…
Just starting to enjoy your cd; "Satin Doll" is a hit with me for sure, will comment later on the others. But I have to say your live performances this weekend were such a delight. I was excited after your presentation Saturday at the Penn Hills Library, but then was totally blown away while listening to your Cross Cultural Group Sunday. My soul felt the ministry of it. I am looking forward to a cd of this group........WOW!!
At 4:21pm on August 29, 2009, Gwen Davis said…
Thanks for your kind words. It is a pleasure working with you again as well. I look forward to growing with our band. With a lot hard work, we will earn our spot with the elite.
At 4:44am on August 21, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Calvin,

I am delighted you are now with us. You can do many marvelous things with your page that will reach around the globe rapidly. the network is very user friendly as you will see so have a ball experimenting and visiting. Add some friends in the process. Feel free to comment on concerts and performances you have experienced as well.



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