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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

ROY "Bones" FITZPATRICK of The Blues Orphans passes

September 24, 2009. Roy (Bones) Fitzpatrick of the Blues Orphans passed away this morning.
We are very sad to report that today we lost Cousin' Bones; our brother, friend, bandmate, cousin of Andy & Bob Gabig. Viewing will only be on Friday September 25, 2009
Only. 2-4 & 6-8 at
Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc. 1014 California Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15202 Telephone: 412-766-5600

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Comment by Ken Lamison on September 25, 2009 at 5:42pm
Bones and I had a memorable weekend on a gig at Fat Fish Blue in Cleveland a few years back. He was thrilled to grace the stage where Robert Lockwood Jr. played every Wednesday night. You can get to know someone during that Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland-and-back ride. We closed down the Irish pub around the corner from the venue over a few cold ones. You can get to know someone over a few shots. Bones' appreciation of all musical expression, from blues to country to punk to avant-garde was evident in his record collection and his playing ability. He shall be missed. RIP Bones.
Comment by Dan Wasson on September 25, 2009 at 5:30pm
very sorry Bobby
Comment by Kevin Amos on September 25, 2009 at 1:38pm
My condolences go out to the band and to Roy's family.

Comment by Jack Bishop on September 25, 2009 at 3:07am
My Heart is very heavy hearing about my man Bones. He was a gentleman, great friend, great asset to the Pittsburgh music community and all around great guitarist. He will be sorely missed. I send my condolences to the family.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 25, 2009 at 2:59am
R.I.P. Bones. We'll miss you always but your songs will live on with the Blues Orphans preserving the special flavor you always contributed to the mix.

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