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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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I am also known as Brother Rick from the Doo Wop shows. Best know as the musical director; arranger and conductor of the American Soundtrack Series as seen all over the world. I continue to perform in private venues and work part time for the PSO for the last 15 years.
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At 12:30am on January 3, 2010, bernice Loadholt said…
Just writing you to wish u happy new year keep up the good work God bless you
At 10:04pm on December 24, 2009, bernice Loadholt gave Richard G Mansfield a gift
this is a gift to u showing how much i enjoy ur music keep up the good work and Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year with love
At 8:24pm on November 27, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Brother Rick
john papi here , Had Jack Pettit over last night and Bill Gerge for a little jam , and jack filled me in on some other gigs you add in the past.. all good, Hang in brother jp
At 10:05pm on September 1, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
I enjoyed watching you and the big band,also the singers where great on the peters twp. cable channel..COOKING. keep on .. john papi
At 8:41pm on May 18, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Hi Rick
Ready enjoy all your work on the doo wop shows.. Great Job, Long time ago buddy john papi
At 4:28am on May 18, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Brother Rick,

We are glad you found the time to join us and we know you will use your page to great advantage as you do so well in all of your pioneer activities. Please add me as a friend.



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