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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
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2010, 1:00 P.M @
H.P.BRANDT FUNERAL HOME 1032 PERRY HIGHWAY PITTSBURGH, PA. 15237 (412) 364-4444 or 412-621-2800
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am sad to announce the passing of
Warren King. Warren lost his battle with cancer today, Friday January 29, 2010, around 8:00AM at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA. Today, we lost a great man and musician: The Kingfish. Funeral arrangements are pending and this blog will be updated when news arrives. Thank you

picture taken Nov 2009 at Carrick Inn, Pittsburgh, PA. at Smilin' Dave Boyle's Jaminators show

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Comment by Phil The Knight on January 29, 2010 at 4:45pm
My sympaties to Warren's family and all who knew him well.
Comment by Dave Moses on January 29, 2010 at 4:30pm
This is sad news indeed. Warren was one of the greatest blues guitarists around anywhere, not just locally. I have not had the pleasure of hearing him for a number of years, but I will never forget all those Wednesday night shows with the Mystic Nights at Gene's, back in the late 80's and early 90's.
Comment by Sir. Waldo Weathers on January 29, 2010 at 3:57pm
RIP Brother, go play your blues to the real man!!!!!!!!
Comment by Kevin Amos on January 29, 2010 at 3:35pm
This is very, very sad news. Dave was another one of the unsung heroes on the Pittsburgh music scene. My condolences go out to his family.


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