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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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At 9:44pm on January 11, 2015, Stan Gilmer said…

Back at ya. Many, many more.

At 6:17pm on February 5, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Cindy,


I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage - where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).



P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

At 2:58am on June 24, 2010, Tamm E Hunt said…
Hey! Cindy

Hope all is well.
Have a great summer!

Tamm E
At 5:25am on April 5, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…
Hi Cindy,

Thanks for writing! Lovely to meet you as well.
I'm glad you're enjoying arrival. I hope we'll have the opportunity to share more music with you live - during our show in Pittsburgh at the Shadow Lounge on April 14. Please do introduce yourself & say hello! ~ Mara
At 12:52pm on December 19, 2009, Stan Gilmer said…
Thank you for your kind remarks. I just added something new and that I'm very proud of. I hope you enjoy this holiday gift. Peace and love always. Stan
At 4:25pm on December 1, 2009, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Cindy.
Thanks so much for the compliment. Loved listening to your songs on your website. Especially " Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens"! Very swingin. I love Maxine Sullivan so much- was awed to read of your close association with her. What a huge blessing. Hope I get to meet you/hear you live. Would be great fun to sing something with you. Got that LH&R feel that I love. All the best, Devorah
At 3:26am on October 1, 2009, Sidnei Piedade said… possivel, gostaria de ser seu amigo.
At 11:22pm on September 30, 2009, jerry byrd said…
At 12:19am on September 28, 2009, Gwen Davis said…
Talk about a voice, my goodness. I pale in comparison. But thank you for the compliment. It means even more after I heard you.
At 4:51am on September 19, 2009, Imani Zubeh said…
Hi again Cindy! thanks for getting back. I`m sure I would know the keyboardist. I hope you can work it out & I hope I`m in town. My job takes me around the Kyushu island, two months in about 3 cities at a time, but I do get home about every 6 months for a two month stent. Thanks also for listening, that means more than anything! I appreciate it. Maybe well get to jam when you`re here....`Til then, take care and keep slammin.... ps....Lovely smile IZ
At 5:31am on September 9, 2009, Imani Zubeh said…
Cindy! What a wonderful thing to hear a voice and feel like yours! You`re a rare commodity these days! I wish you much and continued success!
Its good to be on this site! Please stop by and check out my resume, music and photos! Hope you will enjoy my gift of music and the other talented artists on this site! Take care! Imani Zubeh
At 6:00am on September 7, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Cindy,

You are a very welcome addition to our family and your input is anticipated with great joy on my part. Our content is unique and a real adventure to explore. We are trying to fill the gaps left by thus far written and sometimes revisionist history by letting members tell their own stories. You will meet many of like mind here.

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