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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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Karl Sterling
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Born in Ithaca, New York Karl has spent the majority of his life in the Syracuse, NY area. Having grown up in a musical household, it was a natural thing for Karl to take to music and drums, in particular. Both of Karl's parents attended the Ithaca College School of Music. Karl's father, Bob Sterling is a drummer, composer/arranger, and leader of several successful bands in the Central New York area for many years. His mother, Helen majored in vocal studies at Ithaca College and is also a talented pianist. It was in 1970 when Karl was 9 years old that he first saw legendary drummer BuddyRich. At that very point he KNEW the drums were his instrument and started seriously studying and practicing. His first teacher was his father and after 4 years, at the age of 13, he started playing gigs with his dad's band. Karl also met and became friends with drummer Peter Erskine in 1972 at age 11. Peter had just graduated from high school and was on his first tour with the Stan Kenton Band. Karl and Peter have stayed in touch ever since.

Karl attended Onondaga Community College for 2 years majoring in music and studying percussion with John Barker. Karl has also studied drums with Danny D'Imperio, Joe Morello, Mike Melito, Wilby Fletcher, Mick Lewander, and Peter Erskine.

Over the years, Karl has had the good fortune to play with many wonderful musicians and bands in the Syracuse, Rochester, and New York City area's including; Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, Dino Losito, Jeff Palmer, Devin Garramone, Andy Calabrese, Rick Montalbano, Ron France, Bob DiBaudo, John Rohde, Mark Copani, Larry Arlotta, Mala Waldron, Steve Salerno, Miriam Sullivan, Classified, Eye Level, Moss, Prime Time, Seaflight, Diamond in the Rough, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, John Puma, and many others.

Also an avid bicyclist, two summers ago Karl and his son, Nick bicycled over 1,700 miles in 14 days to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Check out the cool video of their arrival in Dallas along with trip photos below. You can also check out the trip site at:

Arrival Video of Bike Ride from Syracuse, NY to Dallas, TX July, 2005

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Posted on July 23, 2008 at 1:58am 0 Comments

I took this information directly from Buddy's website - - What a great lineup! Can't miss this one.............. Drucker Labs and Scabeba Entertainment presents the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert. When: October 18, 2008 Where: Hammerstein Ballroom 311 W. 34th St. NYC, NY 10001 Special Guest: Neil Peart, John Blackwell, Terry Bozzio, Nick Rich with The Buddy Rich Band and featuring… Continue

Celebration of Life for Ronnie Mathews: Monday - 6/23/2008 @ Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in NYC

Posted on June 23, 2008 at 12:43am 0 Comments

Monday, June 23 - beginning at 7pm

Sweet Rhythm

88 7th Ave S

New York, NY 10014

(212) 255-3626

On Monday, June 23 there will be a "A Celebration of Life for Ronnie Mathews" for the great jazz pianist Ronnie Mathews at Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in NYC at 88 7th Avenue South. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and jazz music will be played throughout the night until the last musician is finished celebrating his legacy. .

Ronnie Mathews is suffering in the last stages… Continue

Hartwick College Summer Festival Jazz Director Needed (Oneonta, NY)

Posted on June 13, 2008 at 5:51pm 0 Comments

I just got word from my friend, Rob Hunt, that Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY is still looking for a Summer Festival Jazz Director. This could be an opportunity to make some money and have some fun for two weeks this summer. Summer Festival director Dr. Diane Paige will be reviewing applications for this position, and can describe the gig.

Her email is:

Her phone is: 607-431-4585

Here are the basics:

July… Continue


Posted on May 29, 2008 at 4:47am 0 Comments

Am I stooping too low in posting a blog about this? I had two gigs fall through (June 13th and June 14th). If anyone needs a drummer for either of those dates, I'm available!


Empire State AIDS Bicycle Ride!

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 5:14am 0 Comments

On August 10, 2008, I will begin a seven day, 560-mile fundraising bicycle ride from Niagara Falls, NY to Robert Wagner Park in lower Manhattan to benefit Aids Community Resources. We will leave Niagara Falls at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10th and arrive in Manhattan at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16th for a closing ceremony overlooking the Statue of Liberty.

Aids Community Resources (ACR) is a wonderful, not-for-profit, community-based organization providing prevention, education, and… Continue

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At 1:14am 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 9:11am on January 2, 2009, LINDA ASSOCIATION SOUL JAZZ said…
Karl!Wishing you a healthy Happy New Year with lots of love and prosperity.
At 3:07am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hey Karl,
So good to see you also here!
All the best my friend!
At 12:36am on April 3, 2008, Richy Muckle said…
Hey Karl,
Great to see you here, and thanks for the request. Love the pics and the tunes. Thanks for sharing these, and look forward to future talks!
Take Care,
Richy Muckle
At 3:46pm on April 2, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Great bio! My older brother went to Ithaca College School of Music and studied bass under Steve Brown in the late 80's. I got to spend a good part of my high school years hearing players up there.
At 4:04am on March 31, 2008, Karl Sterling said…
Your ONE DOLLAR can make a difference!

On Saturday, May 3rd, I'll be running in the 2nd annual "Walk for Wishes" in memory of Tiffany Heitkamp, daughter of good friends, Ron and Mary Jo France. Tiffany lost her life in July of 2006 in a tragic boating accident.

Tiffany had an insatiable love for children and passion for life. She believed in living life to the fullest each day. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York is proud to honor Tiffany’s life and legacy by naming the Walk for Wishes in her memory.

I've always felt awkward asking for donations, but I got thinking if each of my JAZZ NETWORK friends donate JUST ONE DOLLAR, we can make a significant difference in lives of many children . Please take a step by helping me reach my personal fund-raising goal by visiting:

Thanks so much!

Karl Sterling
At 7:54pm on March 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thank you so much for joining us. Here you can share your talents, memories and activities with fellow members and the world. Very cool picture.

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