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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

The Stanley Theater Story the Big Band Era and the Rock Era

Pittsburgh Music History

Presents the story of the

Stanley Theater

Big Band Era 1928 - 1946

Read about the building of the Stanley, the 1936 flood, the Jitterbug Riot and the many great big bands that played the "Palace of Entertainment"

Rock Era - 1947 to 1984

Read about bomb threats, bombings, Porky Pandemonium, DiCesare-Engler Productions and the many great pop music concerts and broadway shows at the Stanley until it was converted into the Benedum.

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Comment by Regina Johnson on April 1, 2012 at 4:12am

So many GREAT shows at the Stanley! I remember some jazz, but mostly rock. The sound was always incredible. So much fun and fond memories.

Comment by Paul Carosi on March 26, 2012 at 2:23pm

The Stanley is now the Benedum the home of opera, ballet, broadway musicals, and Doo Wop shows.  Jazz and Rock have been banished from the downtown Pittsburgh "Cultural Zone".

Comment by Kevin Hurst, Sr. on March 26, 2012 at 7:38am

I was wondering what happened to the Stanley theater! I saw Weather Report there in 1978 it was rated the best acoustics or theater to hear music!

Comment by Darrell Smith on March 26, 2012 at 12:03am

Saw Alice Cooper there when I was15.   He wore make-up and everything. Shocking!

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