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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 here, I have sung blues and gospel style material in and around town since '88...Truly enjoying my adventure with more improvisational music
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God bless us, every one!
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...i love the great music that happens at CJ's Clubhouse Thursday jam.
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Grateful for every song I get to sing, and for everyday I get to breathe... both of which feel like kind opportunities....currently enjoying making music with Virgil Walters and a plethora of wonderful musicians~
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At 6:47pm on October 25, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Erin ! Welcome ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany
At 6:14pm on July 29, 2009, Kyle VanDale said…
Diggin the mural
At 1:07am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 3:34am on December 30, 2008, Bruce C said…

Erin...God bless us all absolutely...and we are so blessed with the power, grace, and clarity of your voice and stylings....amen Is there a "jam" at CJ's Clubhouse...will bew in the 'Burgh this spring late...and am looking for places to jam while in town. If you ever need fresh images to match your talented voicings....would love to create some anytime...Happy New Years to you and all in your company...always b
At 3:23am on November 12, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hey Erin,
I want to thank you for coming out to the winery a while back.
I would love to chat with you sometime...keep blessing us with your beautiful voice!
At 2:07am on November 9, 2008, Paul & Gerry said…
Hey erin - great seeing and listening to you, Virgil and John on Thursday at Little E's ..... Luv ya P+G
At 2:44am on August 5, 2008, George C Jones said…
Hi Erin,
Had a real live ball working with you virgil and john fri. You sound better every time I hear you.
God bless,
At 10:06am on May 20, 2008, Justin Brown said…
Hey lady,

I wish there was a way to express how much I learned and enjoyed playing and knowing you other than just saying it. Hope all is well and hope to catch up soon.



p.s. I finally got an upright bass!
At 3:26am on April 16, 2008, Benny Benack III said…
ahh no no, the enjoyment was all mine! I wish I could've heard everything you sang but I'm glad I was there for Take 5......breathtaking!
At 10:53pm on March 28, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Heeeey, Sorry I missed youlLast night. Jeff called and let me know Virgil was on gig and blah blah blah....Ha! Soon--it's in the stars! Wheeee! I look forward to it!!!! Enjoy the weekend! ciao, -janelle



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