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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 Jazz Family,


Once again, I want to thank all of you who came out to honor and support Mr. Chizmo Charles Anderson, a true Pittsburgh legend, at Savoy Monday Night Jazz on December 23, 2013. It showed just how many people feel as blessed as I do to have the honor of calling this man, mentor and friend.


Due to the fact that many of you, who love this great artist, made me aware that you had lost contact with him and was concerned that he might not even be with us any longer, motivated me to host the “Tribute Jam” at Savoy for Chizmo on the 23rd.  I was pleased to be able to share with all of his fans that, though a little weakened from recent health issues, Chizmo is still very much “with us” and still able to command an audience with his incredible wit and charm and amazing voice.


And even though I’m optimistic that Chiz will be with us many more years to come, it’s apparent that the times we’ll all have the privilege of seeing him perform live will be far and few between.  However, I promise to do all I can to make it possible for Chizmo to share his gift with us at least once a year as long as he is able.  Those of you who know Chiz well, know that making his fans happy with his music is what he lives for!


For all of you who want to stay in contact with Chizmo from this point on, I’m sharing with you how to reach him via mail or by phone.  Here is the current contact info:


Mail all letters to:    Mr. Chizmo Charles Anderson

                            c/o Highland Park Care Center, 4th floor

                           745 N. Highland Ave.

                           Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206


Phone:    412.362.6622 (ex. 4th floor) – ask for Charles Anderson


Here’s too many more years of hearing this great artist share his gift.  Thanks everyone.


Charlie G. Sanders (host: Savoy Monday Night Jazz)

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Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on December 29, 2013 at 7:41pm

Very kind of you Charlie! Chizmo and I played many gigs for many years and I miss him very much. Thanks for the contact info. I've been trying to find this info for some time. All the best to you Charlie!!



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