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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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At 1:58pm on June 16, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hey Stephen,
Thanks for getting in touch and welcome! I hope all is well, looking forward to hitting with you again. Check out my myspace,
Your friend,
At 10:37pm on May 24, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Stephen,

I hope all is well with you.

I'm writing to find out if you'd like to attend the Jazz Workshop, Inc. Summer Jazz Camp that goues every Mon. and Weds. from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood.

The cost is $200 for the camp.

Please let me know ASAP if you can come.


Mr. Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 2:29am on May 24, 2010, martin thomas said…
nice to meet you, Stephen, hope we get to do some work together soon. Martin
At 6:24am on September 11, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Stephen,

I hope you can make it to the Jazz Workshop, Inc. registration and orientation session.

I would love to have you for jazz improvisation, small jazz ensemble,and large jazz ensemble classes.

For the jazz ensemble, you'll get to play and hang out with the JWS faculty and pro musicians from the community.

I hope to see you this Sat. at 1PM at The Carmegie Library of Pittsburgh- Homewood 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Mr. Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)


You are a fantastic pianist and will fit right in with JWS.

Please come by on Sat. Sept 12th to register for JWS classes.

I hope your still attending Howie's jam set at Ava's.

That was so cool when you got up there and had all of us on the bandstand swingin' hard to "Invitation."

I hope to see you Saturday for JWS registeration.
At 4:40am on January 3, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Stephen,

You are off to a good start with the venues but there are some new ones for 2009 you will want to dig. See the events page and you can make your choices. Hope to hear you play soon as well. Thank you for joining and I'll see you at the jams.



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