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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 5:00am on April 12, 2011, Barbara Ray said…


I was looking at Southside Jerry's page and low and behold there was my Uncle.. they put  parenthesis in his name (SMOKEY) his voice is still smooth like that..

At 2:35am on December 7, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Hey Kev me try fe be there this Saturday and bring someone! Me think some from me job may enjoy the ridims, especially the ones from other countries. They want to hear I play, but should just hear jazz and blues, with a funky groove! I may need a couch to crash on though LOL- kev hurst
At 10:58pm on December 1, 2010, Me'Na said…
Thank you Kevin for everything!
At 9:31pm on August 31, 2010, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
Peace,love, and harmony. Kevin this is Charles Lumpkins and I just want to share some great musical accomplishments that Tommy, my son, is doing. His dream came true to write on Janet Jackson cd "#1 Hits," and currently he is working with Jawan Harris. This twelve year old singer from Chicago has a song on you tube called "Nobody" that has over two million hits and Tommy Lumpkins wrote this song. Please check it out. My family and I are in Ontario, Ca. presently. I would like to here from you. please let us communicate. Peace, love , and harmony. C. Lumpkins
At 3:51am on March 9, 2010, Me'Na said…

At 6:30pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
Nice seeing you at Tanna. I really had a ball and plan to go almost every week if I can fit it into my schedule. Oh, I am singing at Little E's on Friday, Nov. 20. If you aren't busy, stop by.
At 4:42am on April 20, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your response Kevin. I've truly enjoyed reading your comments. Keep pumping it out, your point of view is valuable.

Best regards,

At 12:55am on April 16, 2009, tim max said…
pleasure be your friend

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