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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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Born and raised! Moved to Boston in 1981. Now in Maine.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
My days in Pittsburgh ended in 1981 when I moved to Boston, but I enjoyed listening to Eric Koss, Flo Cassinelli, Reid Jaynes, Spider Rondinelli on the left-handed drums (LOL).
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
There are many, but way back I hung around WYEP in the garage at Cable Place. I became friendly with Buck Bryce, Saxy Williams, Amir Rashid, Wesley Goodman, and Kevin Amos. I really miss those days hangin' out with all of them.
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Back then the venue of choice was the Encore in Shadyside. I spent many evenings in the dead of winter as virtually the only customer at the bar. Eric Kloss and group would play 2 sets just for me. in between we would chat and drink. I would often lead Eric upstairs to the back hall by the payphones where he was more comfortable just practicing his sax until the break was over, then back to the bandstand.
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A jazz fan of many years. I still listen to radio tapes I made from WYEP and WDUQ back in the late 70's. The music sounds as good as ever. Thanks to Saxy williams, I eventually took up tap dancing because, as Saxy said, "its better fuh ya than joggin' and its mo fun too." I still tap dance at age 63 and now live on an island in the great state of Maine. Friend me on facebook as doc breyer
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question on what ever happened to....

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 2:43pm 1 Comment

What ever happened to the Steel City Stompers.  Not quite in the jazz genre, but I used to go to Bimbo's out in south Hills where they had a regular gig.  My memory of the names may be cloudy but I remember the duo as Ross Thorn and Jimmy Candles.


Thanks for any info.



Name of after hours club across from the Luna Bar????

Posted on November 13, 2010 at 1:38pm 5 Comments

Can anyone help me to remember the name of the after hours club that was across from the Luna Bar (Centre Ave.?). The place really didn't start to jump until after all the other bars had closed. The door had a small peep window and you had to ask for a fellow named "baz" and if baz recognized you, you gained entry. My time frame is the 1970's

I enjoyed going there because there was always some good jazz entertainment. there were some great female…

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