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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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Teaching Trumpet Lessons Again

Hi Everyone,


I hope all is well.


I wanted to let everyone know I'm teaching trumpet students again in my new rebuilt studio.


I'm getting around better and back to playing trumpet again.


I teach all styles from classical to jazz.


Please feel free to call for more info.




Ed Skirtich



Added by Ed Skirtich on June 5, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Thank You For Your Thoughts And Prayers

Dear Dr. Nelson Harrison and All Members:


Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my brutal hospital stays.


All your thoughts and prayers paid off 'cause I'm playing trumpet again.


Also, I'll be teaching lessons to trumpet and trombone players who want to play classical and jazz in my new studio in Greenfield, PA.


I plan on returning to bands too.


Thanks again for everything.


It has always…


Added by Ed Skirtich on April 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Keep Your Cool

Hi Folks,

The music business can definitely be a bitter place.

It can be so bitter that even a family member can steal, lie, and cheat you out of a gig.

Why is it that we have to cut people up and belittle them?

Why is it that when you finally get a gig folks want to cut into your program or cut you out?

Be happy and be proud when somebody gets a gig.

When you see a friend or somebody you might know who posts that he or she is… Continue

Added by Ed Skirtich on September 21, 2009 at 1:56am — No Comments

Jazz Workshop, Inc. Article on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Website

Hi All,

There's a terrific video of Jazz Workshop, Inc.on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website.

Check it out!

Let me know what you think!

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)

Added by Ed Skirtich on June 25, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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