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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words


McDaniel, Thomas T.
69, of Penn Hills, on May 24, 2010. Long time city of Pittsburgh Police Motorcycle Officer, along with 8 other McDaniel family members. He was an accomplished Jazz Musician and played bass with the well-known Walt Harper quintet during its heyday in the late 60s through early 70s before joining his brothers on the police force.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory companion Dolores Pearl; brothers Ralph (Pauline) and Horace, sister Rebecca Bush, grandchildren Brennen Harris and Nigel McDaniel; and a host of nephewsm nieces and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, daughter Angie, two brothers and three sisters.

Family and friends were received Thursday May 27, 4-8 p.m. HOUSE OF LAW, INC., Penn Hills. F.O.P. Service was held at 7:30 pm.

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Comment by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on June 14, 2010 at 10:04pm
Man, I knew that cat with and after his days with Walt. As a mail man on my day gig(now retired), I use to see him in different parts of the city. For some reason, I'd see him mostly in Homewood, near the WEMCO CLUB. He always seemed to be in good sprits and always had time to 'chit-chat'. I wish I knew of his passing, I would have liked to say, "Goodbye"
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 14, 2010 at 9:18pm
Tommy was a great bassist and always a blithe spirit. Pittsburgh was jumping in those days. The young Steelers under Chuck Noll were becoming a dynasty. They were in their early 20s and they were regular patrons of the Attic. They logged 250,000+ visitors to the Attic the first year (1968-69). Walt produced his first LP on his own Birmingham Label, Live at the Attic there with Walt on piano & vocals featuring Bert Logan - drums, Nate Harper - tenor sax, Tommy McDaniel - bass and me on trombone. Tommy's bass lines always kept the music fresh and exciting just as his natural sense of humor kept us laughing. Does anyone remember those days?

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