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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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At 6:43pm on March 2, 2013, Jack Bishop said…

Eric!! I hope all is going well for you!! I miss seeing you. In fact I miss everybody from the Burgh!!!

At 4:46am on December 4, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
My sincere condolences to you in the loss of your dear Mom,

Dying is a gradual diminishing and final vanishing over the horizon of life. When we watch a sailboat leaving port and moving

toward the horizon, it becomes smaller and smaller until we can no longer see it. But we must trust that someone is standing

on a faraway shore seeing that same sailboat become larger and larger until it reaches its new harbor. Death is a painful loss.

When we return to our homes after a burial, our hearts are in grief. But when we think about the One standing at the other shore

eagerly waiting to welcome our beloved friend into a new home, a smile can break through our tears.
At 4:49pm on November 4, 2009, Garl Germany III said…
Hi Eric
Hope all is well with you and your family. The only thing up with me is, I still love to play. Hope to see you the next time you are in town.
At 11:31pm on September 24, 2009, Eugene Woody Smith said…
Eric my brother,welcome glad you`re here
At 1:16pm on April 18, 2009, Melodic Revolution said…
Hello Eric
Thank you for your friendship request I checked out your website but could not find any music to hear. Is there some place I can listen to your music.
Cheers Nick
At 11:16pm on April 16, 2009, Richard Wilson said…

Thank for being a part of the new wave. The Ning platform, IMO, is much more user friendly than MySpace and has more reach. I have had a MySpace page for 3 years and I get more action here in a few days than I got from MySpace in that entire time. With 240 million members on MySpace how would anyone find you or me if they were not specifically looking for us? You'll get traffic to this page that will surprise you and it will increase the traffic to your (very well done) personal page. You just need to hang some bait on this page and you'll catch some fish in it's wide net(work).
At 6:59pm on April 16, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Eric,
Thank you for joining !
Feel free to check out my New SPRING Album!
Peace, Luiz
At 2:31am on April 15, 2009, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Hey brother, how you been? It has been many years since we last spoke or seen each other. I'm so very happy to hear and see that you are doing well. I'll never forget those days we use to play together.......way back in the day.
At 11:41pm on April 14, 2009, Ladyjd721 said…

At 11:38pm on April 14, 2009, C. Denise Johnson said…
What's up, cuz? You might want to check out the New Pittsburgh Courier website. We try to feature jazz on the regular and every now and then we allow Kevin Amos to contribute. The web address is "" Stop by, set a spell, take your shoes off.... Peace!



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