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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 12:14am on April 24, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Welcome back Ed,


We're so happy to see you back on the scene. It pays to believe in the miracle of prayer.

At 6:58am on November 30, 2010, Rodger Anthony Green said…
Get Well soon Ed.
At 8:15pm on November 28, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I sent your page to the entire membership and I am sure you have many praying for you at this time as I am. Keep the faith.
At 3:19am on November 28, 2010, Jerry Lucarelli said…
Hope you are doing better; we are all praying for you.
Jerry Lucarelli
At 2:04pm on November 26, 2010, Delim Jamar said…
Hello Ed. I was one of your trumpet students at the Homewood Library. My prayers are with you buddy!! May ALLAH pull you through this bump in the road. Stay strong..Delim
At 7:40am on November 26, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

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At 10:46pm on May 24, 2010, Stephen Shannon said…
Sorry, I'm going to be out of town for most of the summer so I can't attend.
At 8:35pm on January 1, 2010, Flo Taylor said…
At 8:34pm on January 1, 2010, Flo Taylor said…
Hi Ed!
Call me this weekend to discuss the show!

At 11:38pm on October 1, 2009, Vince Taglieri said…
Ed, I am a member of St. Maurice so I've seen you and probably talked too you but never officially met you. Hope to rectify that someday soon. Talk too you soon,
Vince Taglieri
At 3:26pm on August 31, 2009, Emmett Goods said…

Great to hear from you. It's been to long. Keep swinging and hope to hear from you again. If you come south, give me a shout.


At 10:35pm on May 26, 2009, Kevin McManus said…
Hey Man,

I just got your message - sorry! I hope you got a chance to stop and see Randy. Thanks so much for your kind words - I hope to see you soon! KM
At 6:16pm on April 25, 2009, David Budway said…
Thanks Ed!
I really appreciate it.
Love, Bud
At 9:51pm on March 12, 2009, Samantha Phillips said…
Thanks Ed for the commnets, I am glad that my marketing has reached so many people here on the network and I am glad your part of the Kuntu family as well. I will definitely keep posting Kuntu shows and images here, so just check for new stuff and you were excellent at the Clean Drums show, sorry you were not feeling well. We will get many more opportunities to meet and talk.

Have a wonderful day and keeping playing that sax.
At 5:38pm on March 9, 2009, selena brookins said…
hi ed. cute baby. your's? last nite at work was a hot mess. the hospitat is turning into junkie heven. almost hate going to work. hope to see you soon at cj only on thur. t.y. for coming to derrick veiwing. i can't get over his passing even though he's with his dad now looking over us and playing that big piano in the sky.
At 3:36am on February 24, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Hey Ed, Thanks for finding my page. I really appreciate all the nice things you said. Dad enjoyed helping others as much as he could find time for. Nice to hear from you. Thanks again.
At 5:50pm on January 16, 2009, Andrew Kirk said…
thanks ed,
I'm calling you now.

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