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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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Born on the hill, 653 Herron Ave. Raised in the Mon Valley, Donora.
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At 1:23am 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 12:43am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Richie, Can you email me the pic of our old band?
Thanks man.
At 12:40am on August 14, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Hey My Man, It's been a long time!! How are things? Praying for all the very best for you.
Warmest regards,
At 1:56am on August 12, 2008, Kevin Amos said…
Thanks Richie!!

At 4:50pm on August 5, 2008, Richie Merritt said…
I just got back from performing in SanPedro at The Warner Theater and Seals Beach at The Spaghetti Jazz Grill. Glad to hear my song is a hit with the latinos.
Stay in touch.
At 2:34pm on August 5, 2008, Tanisha said…
Hi Richie - your "You Got Problems" is quite a hit with the East L.A. Latino community. One of my favorite "underground souldies!"
At 7:42pm on July 14, 2008, George Heid said…
Hello Richie, a hang is definitely in order... and I've got a sweet studio here in Aspinwall... the address and map are at this website...
call me and stop over.... -George
At 9:23pm on June 2, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Ritchie, It's nice to connect with you on Nelson's jazzburgher.
At 8:28pm on May 19, 2008, J. Malls said…
Hope all is good. Good to see you on the jazz network. Holler. -J
At 11:15pm on April 27, 2008, Richie Merritt said…
Hi Janelle: I don't think that we have met,but I've been here for the last six years. I love it . Let me know when you are back in town.

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