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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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Whats new on my end..

Posted on March 22, 2009 at 4:09pm 0 Comments

Hi all. Having at least temporarily given up trying to make a living in Pittsburgh, I've returned to the "Motherland" of jazz...New Orleans. I've been back about 2 weeks and things are looking good. I'm definitely loving the weather this time of year, before the heat and humidity settle in! I went to a concert at Loyola, about 5 minutes from where I live that featured the senior class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (monsters all) as well as Bill Summers, Nick Payton, Herlin Riley, and Ellis… Continue

New Album......err.......CD!

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 4:51am 1 Comment

Yah I know...I'm hopelessly out of date. I STILL think "album" sounds cooler than "CD".

Anyway....we're in the later stages of doing a recording that's been in the planning stages since the summer of 06. In Jan. 07 I did some things at Stark Lake Recording in Orlando, Florida. The people involved in that session included Richard Drexler on bass, John Jenkins, drums, Jeff Rupert, tenor, and John Allred on trombone. (is Allred the finest player today? I sure couldn't argue the point.)… Continue

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At 5:06pm on August 11, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend...Please tune in to my talk radio show that airs each Mon-Thurs 7-9pm EST....Friday 5-8pm EST @ ...I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show!!!...Interested???...If so,please call me @ 757 538 0821....cell...757 971 3733 or call in to the show @ 646 929 0434...also simply go to view the show schedule....don't meet me there...Beat me there!!!...JB

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At 11:50pm 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 5:08am on December 27, 2008, Bruce C said…
Nice work Jeff....follow your heart always...and keep the keyboard alive with your great spirit....yeah...I keep puttin' my "cd's" on my turntable don't they make a being in the stone age sometimes....peace always..and the best to you for the New Year! If your evr get to Maine...make a joyful noise up thois way...stay in touch...bc
At 4:15am on November 16, 2008, Adam Brock said…
hey jeff! how is everything going? anything new?
At 5:37pm on August 17, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Jeff, yep, I'm still playing. Only 6 or 8 times a month. How are you doing? Yeah man, I'd love to hook up sometime.
Thanks for keeping in touch.
Warmest regards,
At 11:11pm on July 30, 2008, Dave Papale said…
Hey man------- How are you? I have been out of town since june 7--- I've been to sicily, morocco, lisbon and I' m currently in belize---palancia peninsula.... I got here about 3 weeks ago, I bought myself a small beach bar with a few cabanas..... It's really nice here... and real inexpensive.... I should be back in the burg in about 3-4 weeks----- keep in touch, Dave
At 8:20am on July 29, 2008, Kevin McManus said…
Hey Jeff,

I'm living in Squirrel Hill. I'm up for lunch any time!
At 12:07pm on June 21, 2008, Phil The Knight said…
Hi Jeff,

Your musical career is well deserved Jeff. If I remember correctly you played some of the hottest valve trombone improv I've ever heard, but now you are a famous pianist.

It's been 30 years since we played a short stint together in the Rhythm Kings if you are the Jeff I remember. I left a message for Scott here. On my myspace (the link is on my page) I posted 3 songs he was on in 1978 just before you joined. I know you guys are friends so if you talk to him let him know. I know he'll get a kick out of them. Check out my stuff as well.

Finding you and Scott here brings back memories. The best part is that they are all about hot nights with a hot band of players.

At 2:31pm on May 22, 2008, Kevin H said…
The Incredible Jeff L!!!!!!!!
At 6:37pm on May 5, 2008, Andy Yalch said…
Hi Jeff

Nice page for really talented guy!
Hope you are well!



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