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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 12:48pm on January 18, 2013, Karl Kilcrease said…
Butch, Man, it is great to see you. George Green and I were discussing you, then his younger brother Robert and I were going down memory lane. If you have any recordings let's us know. I have that Lonnie Smith on wax, now I've got to pull it out. My brother, the best to you.
At 10:32pm on March 19, 2012, Dewayne Chandler said…

Great hearing from you larry. I hope all is well. GOD bless...


At 8:14pm on March 2, 2012, Brett Lewis said…

Larry good afternoon By all means check out my station and you can reach me at or 910 915-2998. I am in Raleigh Nc....

At 1:20pm on March 2, 2012, Lija Di Vincenzo Moore said…

Hello :-) Thanks for your request

At 10:36pm on June 23, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…

Hey Butch, Aubrey Bruce here.  I need to speak with you.  I am promoting a few shows featuring Norman Connors.  Call me at: 412.583.6741


At 6:21pm on February 21, 2011, Ronald (Ronnie) V. Randolph said…

Hey Larry,

How are you doing these days?

It is great to know you are still out there playing and preforming and doing your thing.

I've spoke with Luther DeJarunett about you, and wondering what you had been doing.

My email is, maybe one day we will get a chance to talk to you soon, in the near future. Good luck in all that you do in music. 


You take it easy.


At 2:18am on February 11, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
My email address is Please send me your home email address so I can then send you my phone # (private info).

Look forward to talking to you.
At 1:13pm on February 7, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
Hello Larry. I gave Nathan Davis your phone number a while back. Did you all ever connect? I played with Mark Whitfield at the 2009 University of Pittsburgh's Spring Concert. So much to catch up on.... please keep in touch.

At 12:46am 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 1:40am on October 22, 2008, Lynda Madden said…
Hello Larry. Do you remember me ? Lynda I lived on the Southside of Pgh . New Arlington Ave. It's good to see that you have followed your passion. I kn
At 3:35am on August 9, 2008, A. Darrell Dunning said…
Hey Larry, good to see you here. Your bio brings back memories for me, Operation Perfection was the joint. I played with Gary Walker back in the day in Consolidated Energy and with Wendell Byrd at the Loft. Glad to see you are still doing well.
At 4:23pm on May 28, 2008, Gwen Davis said…
Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to respond. Best wishes to you also.
At 3:03am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hi Larry,
So good meet you here!
Be well!
At 8:23pm on May 19, 2008, J. Malls said…
Hey Larry,
Hope things are good. Didn't know you were on the jazz network also. You have to stop by AVA on a Monday the next time you're in town. I posted a bunch of pics. Check 'em out. -J
At 6:46pm on April 16, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…

Back in the day I think you played a guitar that could sound like an organ? What was it called? Do you remember when I played with the "Savoys" and James "Blood" Ulmer was our guitar player, do you know of anybody that has any pictures from those days?
At 6:54pm on April 1, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Oh, by the way. I use to go by the name of Bugs, back in the day.
At 6:52pm on April 1, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Butch, how are you man? I don't know if you remember me but I worked for you a few times when you backed THESE GENTS at the FOX, in Shadyside and when you had THE MGM TRIO as well as some other gigs. Me and Joe 'Chipper' Gray were in WILLIE BECK's CROSSFIRES for years. But it Andrew Boyd(guitar player for THE CROSSFIRES) that introduced me to you. I just wanted to say hello brother and wish you well.
You and a lot of cat's were tough on me, as well as you should have been. But yet you were very supportive and patient too. I appreciated all that I learned from being in your company.
F.Y.I. I still use your famous slang 'mammy jammy' every now and then....L.O.L.
At 5:59pm on March 31, 2008, Pete Fallico said…
Hey Larry - Here's hopin' everything is good with you
At 2:18pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
At 12:16am on March 16, 2008, Jagsu said…
Hey Mr. McGee, Greetings. I ran across this interview online, thought you might want to add it to your page.

Also, in the Vann Harris photo (014) I recognize George Green, can you please tell us about the other musicians? Thanks, Kenan

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