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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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Pittsburgh native new leader of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 10:09pm 2 Comments

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Brought to you by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., the owner and operator of

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra…

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At 6:40pm on December 14, 2010, martin thomas said…

yes, Gary, I am from Pgh.  I came back about three years ago because my mother needed some help.  After LA, I was on the road for about 7 + years playing and singing, ended up in Telluride, CO for almost 9 years.  I opened an audio/video studio in 2004 and moved it here(Pgh) in 2007.  I've been documenting a lot of the area Jazz musicians since then.  I don't know what I will do with the footage yet but figure at least it's good to get.

At 12:05am on April 5, 2009, Troy W Campbell said…
Gary I don't know if you remember me but you played in my band at Christ Methodist Church with your dad on piano. I havent been able to tell you or Nancy or Bill how sorry i was to hear about your dad. We were very dear friends and used to talk on the phone by the hours. I really do miss him. He gave me one of the first CD copies of your band and it was great. I don't have enough room on this sight to talk to you but I will try to get your address and continue to keep in touch with you. Do you have any plans for another CD? Troy Campbell



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