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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


Hi fellow jazz lovers, Charlie G. here with some great news from Savoy Monday Night Jazz.  First, I want to thank all of you for helping make Monday Night at Savoy one of the best nights for jazz in Pittsburgh.  With the help of legends and giants of straight ahead jazz like Dwayne Dolphin and Roger (dad) Humphries and one of the ‘burghs’ favorite piano players, Max Leake, Savoy, in a few short years, has earned a spot in Pittsburgh’s rich jazz legacy, alongside such memorable venues as the Encore, the Balcony and the original James Street (just to name a few).  Now, Savoy is taking that solid foundation and using it to bring you even more of the great live music events you’ve come to expect from Monday Night Jazz at Savoy. 

Starting in August, our month to month lineup will include performances by other notable groups on the Pittsburgh scene.  Roger has mentored and inspired many wonderful artists from the ‘burgh’ and many of them have formed their own amazing bands.  We will look to continue the excitement of Monday Night live music at Savoy by bringing you the best of the best!  And, of course, Roger and the guys will continue to be a part of the lineup several times each month.  This is an exciting time; the sky is the limit!  As always, I will be your host and I’m looking forward to sharing even more amazing Monday’s of great live music with all of you!  Be sure to tell all of your friends to come down and enjoy a great evening of music and fine food and good people!  Come as often as you can and if you can’t make it, be sure to send someone to fill the seat we have reserved just for you! J  See you at Savoy Monday Night Jazz!

Your Favorite Host,

Charlie G.

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