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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

Celebrating 100 Years of R&B, Rock N Roll Jazz Organ Legend, BILL DOGGETT


Press Release

Feburary 2, 2016

For Immediate Release


Celebrating a 1950s Rock n Roll Milestone-The 100th birthday of Rock n roll Organist, Bill Doggett February 16, 2016


What:February 16th 2016 marks the 100th birthday of one of the most important African American R&B and  Rock n Roll hit makers of the early Rock n Roll era, organist Bill Doggett


Remembered for his mega gold record

Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 from 1956,  this was the first R&B instrumental to take the country by storm, selling over 4 million copies and the first Rhythm and Blues instrumental to cross over into the mainstream Billboard Charts ranking side by side with Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and  Love Me Tender in the late Summer and Fall of 1956  

Honky Tonk peaked for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the biggest R&B hit of 1956 through 1957, spending thirteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of the charts. "Honky Tonk" became Doggett's signature piece and an R&B standard performed and  recorded for decades to come by many performers in Rock n Roll, Rhythm and Blues around the world. View:

More: Recorded for King Records in the summer of 1956, the mega hit turns 60 in 2016

More: Bill Doggett along with fellow King Records Rhythm and Blues recording artists, Earl Bostic, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters and James Brown was one of the most in demand  African American  headliners from 1956-60.  Doggett had other “Juke Box Hits” such as Ram Bush Shunk, High Heels, Blip Blop, Squashy, Peacock Alley, Soft  all on The King Records label. In 1972, Honky Tonk was revived in a new Funk Classic mix by James Brown titled Honky Tonk Popcorn.  


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