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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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Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Sam Johnson, Keith Moncrief, Greg Humpries, Charles "Poogie" Bell, Dr. Nelson Harrison, Dr. James T. Johnson Jr., Dr. Mike Taylor, George Green, George Benson, Paul Thomson, James T. Johnson III, Ryan Tedder, Roger Humpries, Roger Ryan, Ian Gordan, John Mosely, Roger Humphries, Michelle Mitchel, Mike Karr, Christiana Leach, David "Stretch" Hughes, Gene Ludwig, Gene Stovall, Omar Abdul Lawrence, Dan Wasson, Norm Hogel, Ron Tucker, Bobby Boswell, Pam Johnson, Joe Harris, Sam Darkins, Craig Davis, Dave Throckmorton, Mike Day, Keith Stebler, Jay Willis, Danny Roache, Kenny Blake, Brian Clark, Donna Davis, SugarCane
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You can tell alot about me by looking at my Pgh Favorites list. The more people you know from that list, the more info you have on me, musically. other than that....
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At 3:40pm on December 27, 2012, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…

PEACE Brother Howie I hope you and the family are doing well. Check it out, I just finished writing a book called Multidimensions of Love and I want you to be a proof reader. PLEASE hit me back . cell 8182560586

At 6:17am on January 15, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

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At 7:47pm on June 13, 2011, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
PEACE Howie this is Charles Lumpkins extending to much love and respect in you dilligence and commitment at AAMI.  I have been hearing great things about you.  Thank you for continuing the AAMI Jazz Lab experience for the youth it is a diamond in the ruff! Please show some love to Remelle  and Tommy Lumpkins when the return to AAMI for the 2011 Father's Day Celebration eith the AAMI Boy's Choir. PEACE  Charles Lumpkins
At 1:00am on February 16, 2010, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Hey Howie, couldn't make it to your Sweetwater gig last Friday, but sent some friends who said they enjoyed it immensely. Keep on "wowing" them with your fantastic gift.
At 10:21pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
What up man? Good to see you're still ticklin' dem dam keys!
peace & love

Mark Leonard
At 11:48pm on February 26, 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 11:54am on January 26, 2009, Elliott "Bigpop" Lawrence said…
What up Howie? How You Been?
At 4:31pm on January 22, 2009, Donna Bailey said…
Hey there, Howie,
I sure would like to book you to play sometime.
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Hope to see you soon.
At 3:05pm on January 4, 2009, Ahveekhy said…
Howie was a pleasure hearing you play last night..I uploaded some of the music from last night... Come to my page and check it out Peace Ahveekhy



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