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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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Resident since 1999.
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Dwayne Dolphin, Dave Throckmorton, Paul Thompson, Jay Willis, Tony Campbell, Chris Hemmingway...
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Little E's
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I moved to Pittsburgh when I was 12 and started playing drums when I was 15.
I currently attend Berklee College of Music as a Contemporary Writing and Production major. If you want to know more, just ask. :)
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At 2:34am on October 20, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Jazz Robertson! Greetings from Schru , Cologne Germany !
At 6:12pm on June 2, 2009, Alexander Peck said…
Hey Jazz, nice playing last night.
Peace, Alex
At 2:42pm on April 4, 2009, James R. Meny said…
When do you get back into town? Brian Sanders, bass player for Dwayne Dolphin's band, is trying to start a band. Let me know if you might be interested.

At 10:59pm on May 14, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Hey Jazz how are things? I hope your having a blast @ Berklee...I may be in Boston teaching again at the Berklee Summer Guitar Sessions this August; if so we should hook up... Best of luck and take care!
At 6:06am on May 14, 2008, Howie Alexander said…
yo yo yo what's up guurrrrrrrllll!
At 6:32am on March 26, 2008, Miles said…
Lady Jazz,
Keep up the good work and join us at
At 7:53pm on March 13, 2008, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…
Thanks, Lady Jazz, for inviting me into your circle of friends. I'm moving about right now but look forward to chatting sometime.
At 5:47am on March 13, 2008, Tony Janflone Jr said…
Hey Jazz :-)
Girl ...... You are way cool ! I am recovering slowly . Just teaching right now .
How are you ???? How is your very cool mother ???
At 5:02pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yea Baby Girl! Love that shot! Got lots brewin'. Stay in touch. peace ~ janelle
At 12:46am on February 28, 2008, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
Keep up the tradition of our American Classical Music Art Form my lil' sista'...peace



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