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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
I've heard that Frank Wible has passed, any one heard anything?

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Comment by martin thomas on July 19, 2010 at 4:20pm
Marva Josie brought Frank to my studio about 3 years ago and recorded a beautiful Cd. What a warm, talented yet humble man. I too was saddened to hear he had passed: I was hoping to record him more. May we meet on the other side. Martin
Comment by Dan Wasson on July 17, 2010 at 3:38am
Thanks Michelle. I feel the same as you Marva
Comment by Marva Josie on July 17, 2010 at 2:47am
Nelson - I recently learned that Frank did pass during early Spring. I had the opportunity of meeting Frank during the mid 90"s. He and I worked, as well as recorded, together. Frank was a class act - a professional in every sense. He had his own unique style on the Keyboard, which allowed me to have the freedom to express and reveal my many styles. So sadly missed. Marva Josie
Comment by Michele Bensen on July 17, 2010 at 2:21am
Dan, Frank Wible passed away on April 7, 2010 of prostrate cancer. He had been fighting this for a long time and I believe he had started doing better. I spoke with his wife and there was no public funeral. Frank was a very private man. Frank was beyond his time, very creative and a joy to work with. He was a great accompianist for vocalist because he knew so many songs and could do them in any key and tempo without winking an eye. We have a long musical history together and I miss him very much.

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