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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


Patty passed away July 15. Her memorial service is Saturday, July 18. Her obit is in the PG today. We would love to have you attend. Dave Zubrow, 412-260-012. Also please feel free to pass the news and invitation along to others. PEARCE PATTY (McCURDY) Age 62, on Wed. July 15, 2009. Beloved mother of Robert (Jill) Kruse; step mother of Erin and Brett (Marlena) Pearce; grandmother of Maxwell, Anna and Harrison Kruse; loving companion of Dave Zubrow. Patty was lead volunteer for the Pgh. Jazz Society, usher for the Manchester Craftsman Guild; she loved music. A memorial gathering will be at the home of Robert's in-laws, 1649 Freeport Rd., Kittanning, PA 16201, Sat. July 18 at 12 noon. The family requests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society . Professional Services Entrusted to the Care of D'ALESSANDRO FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY LTD., Lawrenceville Send condolences at

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009 Time: Service at noon followed by food and music. No particular end time and if you can't make the service, please stop by and celebrate Patty's life with us.
Location: 1649 Freeport Rd, Kittaning, Pa 16201. It is about 30 minutes out Rte 28 to Exit 18 and then just 3-5 minutes from there. Neither Google Maps nor Mapquest will produce a map to this location, although they can get close. It is about 35 minutes from Squirrel Hill and is a straight shot out Rte 28 to the Slate Lick Exit (Exit 18). Turn Left off of 28 onto Freeport Rd. and go about 3 miles. Once you see a big red barn on the right, turn into the next driveway on the left. If you reach an old elementary school on the right, turn around and go back to the driveway. There will be a sign up for the turn.

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