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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 12:13am on January 23, 2019, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Chrisyopher,All the best in the event 'CDS PARADIGM ...!!!



At 11:27pm on January 16, 2015, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Hi Christopher,

Check out,new my new images Digital Series ¨Sketching a Melody¨ ( 2014-15): Samples

Hugs & Love


At 3:08pm on December 8, 2009, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…
At 12:07am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 2:41am on September 25, 2008, Dr Rock said…
Hey Chris, Been A Long Long Time ! Remember Cinnamon (Patti Terrell) And "The Tree Of Life" ! You Left For New York, I'm Glad everything Turned Out So Well ! Of Course There Was No Doubt ! Ahh, The Zebra Room ! lol James

At 3:32pm on May 20, 2008, Bob Williams, Music Theorist said…
Hi Chris,
Long time no see. I'm relocating to SC right now. Talk to you later,
At 4:22am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thanks for your so nice words my dear and be sure that I'll stay in touch!
Will be great perform together someday! Great kiss, May
At 2:50am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hey Christopher,
Nice to meet you!
Thanks for adding me.
At 12:27pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
Glad to see you playing the St. bass. Hope all is well. Shoot me an email when your going to be in town.
At 12:26pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
The big piece of wood is always more satisfying. Glad to hear your still at it.
Shoot me an email if your going to be in town.
At 5:05pm on March 10, 2008, Max Leake said…
Hey Chris,
Just leaving a quick hello! Good to see your name and face again. I hope life is treating you good. All is great here. Playing some wonderful music with all kinds of people. Hope to see you sometime soon.
At 2:33pm on March 10, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey, I digg. Me too. The Burgh will teach you how to play no doubt. How'd I miss you? Anyway, thanks for the add. Stay in touch. We'll catch that groove sometime...somewhere. Hahaha! Look forward to it! ciao, -janelle
At 2:49am on March 8, 2008, Sala Udin said…
Hey Chris, good to hear from you. Hope you are well. Busy working for Obama. Will get back to lyou later.
At 9:42pm on March 5, 2008, Harold Walker said…
Christopher Dean the toughest Bass Playing Machine on the planet. Cyberspace is Bringing Pgh Jazz to the Light. A great Philosopher once said, Blessings to those who play the Music that keeps the Soul from acheiving enlightment .
Hope to see you soon.
At 12:52am on February 20, 2008, Harold Walker said…
Ain't thang but Play the Chicken wing. I't's in B

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