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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 7:10pm on March 14, 2008, Christopher J. said…
Hello, Mr. Larry Mcgee! "Thank you for adding me:) I listen to you all the time you helps me unfold and expand. "You Sounds Nice! (God Bless:)
At 5:13pm on March 13, 2008, Andy Yalch said…
Hi Larry

Glad to see you doing well! call sometime.

At 7:38pm on March 12, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hey Larry
Thanks for adding me
-another Pittsburgher out here in Ca.
Hope to hear you while I'm here..
Good luck with your company!
Devorah Segall
At 7:22pm on March 12, 2008, DENNY KURZAWSKI said…
Thanks Larry....I enjoy your "style".
At 1:59pm on March 12, 2008, Lennis said…
Thanks for the add.. Love your music..
At 5:00pm on March 10, 2008, Max Leake said…
Hey Larry,

Good to see your name and see your face. It has been years man. Sounds like all is well with you. I am doing very well here. Staying busy and getting to make some great music. Look me up if you are in town. I play a steady Thursday with Roger. Great fun! later.
At 2:33pm on March 10, 2008, Tony Janflone Jr said…
Hey Larry ,
Nice to see you here !
You are a fine player my friend . i hope to meet you in person soon !
At 2:27pm on March 10, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo! Thanks for the add. So did we meet in Pgh.? Is that it? Gosh, wow. I'm blown away at how many cats I have caught up with thru Nelson and Poogie's site. Cool. We gotta play ~ smiles, -janelle
At 1:01am on March 9, 2008, Billy Kuhn said…
Larry...aka's been many a year since we saw each other. Glad to hear you are well, and want everyone to know (if they didn't already) that you are one baaad guitar player AND entertainer. I've seen you take over a hostile crowd in a heartbeat, and I will never forget the night at Crampo's in Belle Vernon, a truck stop, when you, me, and Chipper Gray turned the place out!
At 4:24am on March 2, 2008, Christopher Dean Sullivan said…
My Brotha',...It seems, no matter what the case is, Pittsburgh is in the blood it the chops...or is it period?...anyways...who knows,...Thanks for being the digg...peace

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