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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 12:25am on April 17, 2010, Nathan Peck said…
Thanks Biachco!!
At 12:25am on April 17, 2010, Nathan Peck said…
Thanks Biachco!!
At 2:44am on December 19, 2009, Abby E. Gross said…
Hey Andy! It was great meeting you last week. I hope to see you again out at a session. Are you playing anywhere soon? Hope to see you again soon :)
At 6:28pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
Hey Andy,

I am quitting my job on December 11. If you can "hook me up" with a decent paying gig outside of the U.S. I'm interested. The China gig just wasn't enough "bread". C U around. Oh, I am performing at Little E's on Friday, Nov. 20. If you aren't busy, drop by and bring your axe.
At 5:27pm on September 21, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
At 8:02am on July 14, 2009, Donna & the Skip Peck Trio said…
Hey Andy, just wanted to say thanks for filling in for us last Thurs. and I'm sorry I couldn't stay to check you out. Skip said you played your butt off!
At 1:17pm on April 24, 2009, Jeff Beck said…
Dude fur real. Dem Cellonies Rolls and Miracle whip wit chip ham is SO Good. I will be sure to get yin up ere to does some gigs n'at. Call me to come Daun burgh to play some jams!, I need to get some a dat Pasta Too Dude! fur real!
At 4:31pm on March 11, 2009, Virgil Walters said…
I have a jam session in New Kensington on March 25th from 8 to 12 and was wondering if you were available to play---$75.00. It would be myself, lary Mckluskey on drums and you. We will just be playing tunes and playing for whom ever stops in.
Get back to me as soon as possible. 412-973-1105
At 1:38am 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 3:42am on February 25, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your response Andy. I really enjoy your playing; best wishes,

At 10:49pm on February 21, 2009, Jagsu said…
Of Moon and Sand -- One of my all time favorite tunes! I'm enjoying your take on it. Swinging!
At 3:15pm on November 13, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
Duhhh....ummm....uhhhh....I think shredding is imparative to any musician's success...we all need to shred more...shred!!!
At 5:18pm on August 17, 2008, Alexander Peck said…
WOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!! Really? That blows, big time, And ,is really good for all of us back home. So, I'm gonna see you in like 2-3 weeks? Cool! Can't wait to play!!!
At 7:42am on August 13, 2008, Alexander Peck said…
Hey Babe, How's it going? Been really busy here. I could use a break. Maybe I'll take a cruise. ; )
At 8:48pm on August 11, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Thanks Andy for remembering me as an instructor---a lot do not. You sound really great!! How is your father?
With warmest regards,
At 5:47pm on July 30, 2008, sean jones said…

Nice music bro...........see ya soon.

At 1:57am on July 13, 2008, Alexander Peck said…
Hey Babe, how be the Sea?
At 4:21am on June 10, 2008, Roger Barbour Sr said…
Hi Andy, I think I sat in with you one night at Howie,s Jam session in East Liberty about a month ago. I enjoyed playing along with you. I made a mistake on the home page and hit the decline box instead of the accept box. Please accept my apology. sincerely Roger Barbour
At 4:05am on June 4, 2008, Curtis Swift said…
Andy. I might have met you at a Peck gig, could I get your number for gigs in the future?


At 6:44am on June 2, 2008, SANDY STALEY said…

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