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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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       In Her Own Words
Dwight White Rest in Peace Tiny by maryrose on Jun 6, 2008 3:24 PM EDT Dwight White, a famed member of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain, became the second member of the Curtain to pass away this year (Ernie Holmes). White died after complications of back surgery that he underwent a week ago. He was only 59-years old. I am proud that White signed my Helmet. He was underrated in my opinion. He earned two Pro Bowls and four career Super Bowl Rings. He is a member of the All-Time Steelers 75th Anniversary Team, and that is awfully special. His nickname was "Mad Dog." Wanna mess with that? Mad Dog spent the week heading up to the Steelers first Super Bowl in the hospital. He shouldn't have played with the flu and a 103-degree temperature. But he dragged himself to the game (Tulane Stadium in New Orleans) and set the tone by sacking Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety. The Steelers took that unusual 2-0 lead into halftime and never looked back. It was the first safety in Super Bowl history and a very courageous effort just to make the game. Dwight was a typical 70s Steelers draft pick coming from East Texas State University in the 1971 Draft (fourth round). Can you name anyone else from that college? The whole Steel Curtain was from colleges like that. After his playing days in 1981 Dwight was very active in charities, including Boy Scouts and Salvation Army. Dwight stayed in Pittsburgh and volunteered for many things in the community. The City of Pittsburgh and its citizens owe this man a heartfelt salute. We'll miss you Dwight.

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Comment by Don Cerminara on August 6, 2008 at 3:21am
there can be no question, about "the steel curtain" and Dwight's contribution. I played some hi school ball, coached for 10 yrs, and have been a season ticket holder for many yrs. I saw the steelers play, when Pitt Stadium was their home field! Ernie Stautner, Elbie Nickel and the like. The 70's Steelers wont soon be equaled. That line, anchored by Joe Greene on one side, and Dwight White on the other was fearsome!!Dwight was a very "heady" and "balsy" ballplayer. We wont see his like for a long long time!! Imagine...Hollywood "bags", Joe Greene, Dwight White and Ernie Holmes. Sounds kinda like a "Parker Original"!!!.................Donny
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 11, 2008 at 4:21am
Former Steeler Dwight White dies Friday, June 06, 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers Dwight White Former Steelers defensive end Dwight White, 58, has died. Mr. White had surgery and then had been re-hospitalized last week. Mr. White was a member of the Steel Curtain, the defensive line that helped lead the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave. in Shadyside. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney issued the following statement today: "Dwight White was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Steelers uniform. . . . Dwight refused to be denied, as was evidenced when he walked out of the hospital with pneumonia to play in Super Bowl IX and had an outstanding game, scoring our first points by sacking Fran Tarkenton for a safety. "Dwight will be remembered by those who knew him even more for being a wonderful and caring person. He was committed to the city of Pittsburgh and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate than himself. Our prayers go out to his family. We will miss Dwight, but we will never forget everything he meant to the Steelers organization." In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Dwight's memory be sent to The August Wilson Center of African American Culture at 425 Sixth Ave., Suite 1750, Pittsburgh 15219.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 11, 2008 at 4:14am
Dwight was an avid jazz fan who was regularly in the clubs going back to his early days at Walt Harper's Attic. May he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to Karen and the family.

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