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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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Eric DeFade, Eric Kloss, Eric Spaulding, Eric Soesoff, Eric Byers.

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At 12:25am 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 7:21pm on February 18, 2009, Eric Spaulding said…
Then there would be two tenor players and a bass player on the block. If we can find some drums, we're halfway to "Elvin Jones Live at the Lighthouse."
At 6:05pm on February 18, 2009, Eric Spaulding said…

Yeah, we're playing together in Jimmy Adler's jump/swing band, and now in a new Dr. John inspired quartet with a singer/piano player named John Gresh. I'm trying to put together some sort of funky organ driven thing with Sweeney, Jimmy Britton and Joe Marini, but can't find the time to get everything and everybody together. Never enough time I guess. How are you doing these days? I'm sure we'll run into each other one of these days...I was looking at a house on Morningside Ave the other day...
At 5:56pm on January 8, 2009, Eric Spaulding said…
We need more musicians named Matt in Pittsburgh. There are too many Eric's...
At 5:05am on July 2, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
Hi Matt!! Miss being on the High School level and hanging out with you at PMEA stuff. Let me know when you're playing out where I can check you out again. Angela Abadilla
At 1:18am on April 14, 2008, Deb Weible said…
Hi Matt! Ran into your Dad & Mom last Sunday! Blast from the past! Hope you are well,
At 12:59pm on March 12, 2008, Tony Janflone Jr said…
Hey Matt :-)
I hope that all is well with you and your family .
At 4:05pm on March 11, 2008, Matt Ferrante said…
Are the armpits yellow?
At 2:56pm on March 11, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Hey Matt! I still have my tux shirt too...unwashed. It reeks of the Macerena.
At 1:52pm on March 11, 2008, Mark Koch said…
Hi Matt,
Hope all is well w/ you. I still have the tux shirt, in case of I get married again, just kidding.
I was going to put the grey shadow of me in photo shop and put a smiley face on it.

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