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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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Sax player, producer and retired teacher based in the Washington, DC metro area. During my teaching career I won two educational GRAMMY Awards (Signature School). I have produced over 40 CDs for commercial release and have recorded or worked with artists of distinction such as Stanley Turrentine, Buck Hill, Ronnie Wells, Ernie Andrews, Rick Henderson, Allison Miller, Terell Stafford, Paul Carr, Kenny Reed and many others. For thirty years I taught public school and privately. My list of former students reads like a Who's Who in Jazz today. There are too many to list but a short list would include Allison Miller, Terell Stafford (student teacher), Bruce Williams, Jeb Patton, Adam Klipple, Ari Ambrose, Keith Ghion, Matt Rippetoe, Vincent Gross, Marvin "Slam G's" Hammett, Buddy Jordan, Kenji Shinagawa and Halley Shoenberg. Names not included are left off because of space and memory, not their importance to me, I'm proud of them all. I am a Vandoren of Paris Performing Artist and I have written many articles on music performance and production.

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At 5:32pm on July 30, 2009, AISHA said…
At 12:27am on March 5, 2009, janice lee said…
We have been friends for awhile Ron. Just wanted to spread some love and tell you I enjoy your music.
At 1:53am 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 9:02pm on October 16, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks Ron,
Be blessed!
At 10:12am on October 6, 2008, Azure Montaig said…
Wow! I'm sufficiently impressed, Ron ~ and a fellow retired teacher as well.
At 10:58pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey Ron,
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 11:58pm on August 29, 2008, Ron Kearns said…
Happy Bird Birthday day to all alto players!
At 4:15pm on June 16, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Dear Ron,
It's my pleasure meet you here my friend!
Much love,
Kisses, May



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