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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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Devorah Segall's Blog (4)

Devorah Sings August 16th NYC-birthday jazz!

HI Pgh- I hope you'll join us- August 16th

I'm singing on my birthday!

at The Underground- NYC-

955 West End Ave/sw corner 107th


Live Jazz, Great food, drinks

Would love to see my Pgh friends- please join us for a jazz celebration!




with Mark Berman-piano, Sean Smith-bass, drums-tba +surprise guests

Added by Devorah Segall on August 4, 2011 at 2:16am — No Comments

"The Minutes Pass Like Hours When You Sing"

really funny- quite good also- Written, sung and played by Dave Tull on his CD,

"I Just Want To Get Paid" (!!) his site is:

I needed to laugh today maybe you do… Continue

Added by Devorah Segall on August 6, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

who's playing on these recordings of mine?

Seems difficult to find the listings of the players on my tracks here.

I want to credit the amazing players on these tracks :

On Yesterdays, It Could Happen, 'Round Midnight, Farmer's Market, Time's Lie-

Piano- Don Grolnick, Bass- Steve LaSpina, Drums- Peter Erskine

soprano sax on Time's Lie- Arnie Lawrence

percussion on Time's Lie- Gordon Gottlieb

Guitar on Comesar De Novo- Saul… Continue

Added by Devorah Segall on March 20, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What happened to the Pgh jazz clubs?

Pgh has such a rich jazz supporting heritage.I hope it doesn't become a thing of the past.

When I've been back to visit and to sing it has been so disheartening to see fewer and fewer venues still hanging in there.

There are so many really wonderful musicians there ( of course I include singers in that category).

They need the support of each other and of the Pgh audiences and potential employers.

The city needs the positive energy that is created from showing… Continue

Added by Devorah Segall on March 13, 2008 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

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