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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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Posted on December 12, 2010 at 10:27pm 0 Comments

Gary I want to congratulate you on taking over the Miller band I don't know if you remember playing in Christ Methodist church with me my son your dad on piano. Your dad was mybest friend and we talked for hours on the phone and had breakfast together many times. I have also had lunch with your brother Bill and Nancy si I have kept incontact with your family for the most part. I played in the Miller band for a few months in 1975 until i moved to Virginia for my day job. By the way I have a…


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At 12:33am 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 1:30am on August 31, 2008, Troy W Campbell said…
Hey Ronnie how are you doing I am still trying to get over to the Willow to see you and Michele. When do you start there again? Troy
At 8:12am on August 3, 2008, Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell said…
Troy, glad to hear from you, give me a call. 412.537.5753 would like to talk with you.
Peace, T.C.
At 8:17pm on June 12, 2008, The Blues Orphans said…
Thanks for the welcome Troy. We're glad to be on board. take care. The Blues Orphans
At 2:37am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hey Troy,
Thank you so much!
Hope to meet you someday soon.
At 1:19pm on March 21, 2008, Deb Weible said…
Hi Troy! Yep, I'll be there! Good to hear from you! See you then.

At 3:35pm on March 3, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hello Troy,
Thank you for the kind words and welcome to the PJN. Hope to see you soon. I'll send you another schedule via email. You have a nice website too. Thanks, Michele
At 2:24am on February 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Troy. Check how other members are dressing up their pages. Have a ball.
At 1:34am on February 25, 2008, DENNY KURZAWSKI said…

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