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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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composition by 'Junior Spencer/Tommy Turrentine'. 'Junior Spencer' is J.Spencer Bey…


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I've heard that Frank Wible has passed, any one heard anything?

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George Thomas, noted local blues singer who often performed with Barbara Ray and the Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet, and was a great person, has passed (please let me know if you have a link a to his obituary).

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Elray Johnson, great local tristate bluesman has passed :

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At 1:05am on April 3, 2013, Jerry Lucarelli said…

Thanks Dan,

Hope we will still be there next month. Check out the Jazz Network

every week. Last night was very good.

See you when you can.


At 5:09am on December 31, 2012, Erik Lawrence said…

Thanks Dan. It's a beautiful place and rich with real musicians and good people.  I think I'm going to like it here just fine! 

At 2:58pm on June 12, 2012, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Dan if you can't come to Elizabeth I understand it is your father's day too! You maybe gigging also, and I am between jobs. Take it easy bro, I have some charts I want to get a keyboard player with. Just tunes by known artists that I like and nobody does. Maybe Donna Davis when I catch up to her.- kev


At 3:44pm on June 11, 2012, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Dan I'm doing a 5-7pm set at the Elizabeth Elks Fathers Day. I hope to be  starting a new job in the Mon Valley area also, then I can run into town and sit in again LOL.- Whatcha doin on daddys day> Let me know- kev

At 11:19pm on October 5, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Hoope I catch you at Little E's tonight Wed for the over- the- hump jam session! Yeah brother- kev
At 3:26am on April 22, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Gotta work also and get my truck squared away! I need to talk to you about the school possibly performing an 8piece thing I have.- kev


At 3:44am on April 20, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Man I need to buy one of those joints and just live above and practice LOL- You checking in at Little E's friday? - kev
At 6:27am on March 10, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
He Dan I would like to check out Eric and Evita sat in Bridgeville or Frenchy's its it? I work fri night till 7: 30 and off the weekend- kev
At 6:29am on December 17, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

What is your address? I may come down to little E's and I would love to see Carolyn perform live friday night but I get off 7:30pm and could leave work. I'm off the weekend, do they still have that caberet in Homewood? Hit me up - kev

At 2:43am on December 17, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Dan I will be at the Thunderbird sat hopefully 3-7:30 helping Kevin Amos out with his food drive.Still thinkin about moving closer to the city , I am presently at 155 Polk St in Elizabeth and is very convenient and secluded so we can make some noise. About 4 miles from Century III, just go to get the house in order and it aint happing fast enough!- kev



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