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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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Roger Barbour jazz Quartet at Strip District

August 11, 2018 from 7pm to 11pm
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet returns to Cioppino's Restaurant this coming Saturday, Aug 11th, featuring Joe Defazio on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin Barefoot on bass, myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the amazing jazz, blues and pop singer, Laura Ferguson doing the vocals. We start at 7pm and jam up till 11pm. Looking forward to seeing you there. Call for reservations at 412-281-6593See More
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Roger Barbour Band at East Liberty

August 9, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm
Hi folks, join us next Thursday as we perform songs from the Great American Songbook, plus other tunes at Wallace's Whisky Room in East Liberty. Mark Strickland will be on guitar, Bob Insko on bass, Vince Taglieri on drums, myself Roger on trumpet, and featured vocalist will be Betsy Riddle Ruderfur, narrating and singing songs from the past. Looking forward to a great evening. Hope to see you thereSee More
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Roger Barbour Band at Strip District

July 28, 2018 from 7pm to 11pm
Hi Folks, Join us as we return to Cioppino's Restaurant in the Strip district on Saturday July 28th where we will be playing from 7pm till 11pm. All start line-up starts with Joe Defazio on piano,Vince Taglieri on drums, Dan Wasson on electric bass, myself Roger on trumpet, and from Indiana Pa  one of the newest and most talented singers on the Pgh jazz scene, Laura Ferguson, doing the vocalsSee More
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Roger Barbour Band at Cultural District

July 27, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm
Roger Barbour Band will be playing at the Pgh CLO Backstage Bar on Friday July 27th from 5pm till 7pm.  Andy Yalch will be on Piano, Vince Taglieri on drums and myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn. Looking forward to seeing you there.  Sincerely,  RogerSee More
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I am leader of the " Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet" . I am one of the performing groups in the Pgh Cultural Trust Jazz Live series at the Pgh CLO. We also Perform for corporations around town, Weddings and private parties
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Sean Jones, Roger Humphrey, Gene Ludwig, Nelson Harrison
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C.J.s restaurant and nightclub
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I play trumpet and fleugelhorn and have played in most of the jazz venues in the Pittsburgh area. Also have played in several other cities and states including Las Vegas Nevada and also Paris France
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At 3:47pm on August 16, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Roger Barbour Sr a gift
Congratulations!! From: Barb
At 4:53am on March 04, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Roger Barbour Sr a gift
Mr. and Mrs. Barbour: Thank you for all the years of friendship and encouragement that you have shown. Sincerely yours, Ms. B
At 1:31am on November 27, 2009, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
Fabulous true holiday spirit your music inspires in all of us!!! sincerely with you in spirit for the holidays, Dr Bruce
At 3:34pm on August 24, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Thanks, Roger. Everyone enjoyed the night ... looking forward to the next!

At 8:08pm on August 10, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Unless something totally unexpected occurs, Kathy & I will see you at Melange Bistro Bar on 8/14. We should have between 9 - 13 people we will be bringing with us. I don't suppose that this should present any problem (never been there). We'll try to make reservations. Looking forward to it.

Fred Freshwater
At 9:41pm on August 3, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Hope you are well! I'm looking for your next event so we can come but don't see anything current. Wondering what your schedule is. Could you email me so I can set something up?

Fred Freshwater
At 5:54pm on August 3, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Roger, It was a real pleasure to meet you at last night's open stage at the Around The Corner in Millvale. You and Joe Romeo(on sax) made for a great impromptu horn section and sounded fantastic. Thanks for taking the night's Yinzide Out project up to another level. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will see you again. Thanks, Dave
At 3:18am on July 7, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Rodger is my main man,and we go back very far. I was happy to talk with you and play on stage once again with you at Bpep. Looks like you are moving right along. I hope to catch one of your shows soon. Until we meet again, your friend ALI
At 1:44am 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 11:44pm on December 16, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Roger! How are you? I heard your CD for the first time on Saturday at Little E's. I was very impressed! They played it in between our sets all night, so I guess the owner was impressed with it too. How can I get a copy? I tried to look for it online, but I had no luck.




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