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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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At 12:46pm on June 13, 2010, George Heid said…
Hello Jerry,

Sorry if I didn't respond to your kind words. I rarely check this site. It's great to run into the precious souls at CJ's Supper Club - (29th and Penn Ave.) every Thursday night. That's the great Roger Humphries RH Factor night (8:00 PM to Midnight). Some sit in later in the evening, but Roger and the quintet take care of the truest Jazz played in this city for the first couple of hours. I hope you come down and hunt me out. I'm usually at a table LISTENING ! You should know me... I'm the out of shape ugly guy who loves this music, so often I might be wiping a tear from my eyes. It's just that spiritual. Meanwhile, hope our paths cross again and sooner then later. Blessings and peace my friend.
At 7:21pm on May 21, 2010, Buddy Chase said…
Jerry, as soon as I learn how to play that B3 I will do just that.
There are pics of us in the archives under the RARE FORM BAND, the last I knew.
Buddy Chase
At 3:50pm on May 21, 2010, Buddy Chase said…
Jerry, I'm sure our path will cross in the near future. You blow a mean tenor my man.
Buddy Chase and Kimberly
At 12:26am on January 13, 2010, Bill Coffee said…
Hey Jerry! Thanks for the invite and the complements on my playing.
I hope to catch your show some day.

Bill Coffee
At 3:46am on November 12, 2009, Schrubbel gave SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX a gift
Hi Jerry ! Thank you for Friendship ! May I invite you to my new platform for Artists & Friends Welcome ! Schru.
At 12:05am on November 12, 2009, Chris Larcovic said…
Hiya Jerry Just joined the site and wanted to say "hello" Stop down to see us (Weet, me and Mama) sometime! Chris Larcovic
At 6:48pm on October 25, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Southside Jerry ! Welcome ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany
At 3:41pm on June 9, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Hi Jerry , It was great seeing you at the party ,what a surpize.. Thanks jerry i need your mailing address... email God Bless john
At 8:46pm on May 18, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Jerry Keep on, Honkin ... Sounds good... john papi
At 5:10am on November 10, 2008, Margareth Osju said…

Good Morning, Mr Jerry Mellix. Thank you for the request. Well, I have to write that I'm honored to have you on my friendlist. And thanks for the very nice compliment about my website. As an artist/photographer is feels great that people like my visual words. *smile*What a great way to wake up. I't very early here in right now..:) If you will be a member of my website you are very welcome. This is the link: Now I shall see if I take some coffee to wake up. I wish you a wonderful week. Best wishes from Sweden Margareth
At 12:27pm on November 6, 2008, Benjy Myaz said…

Thanks for the add Much Respect. One..
At 7:08pm on October 14, 2008, Gwen Davis said…
Sorry that video wasn't clearer, but such is life. I'm sure we will work together again. I know we will in January. See you soon. Don't forget to vote.
At 11:37pm on July 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

The lyrics are on my page. Just read them to yourself as you play the soundtrack. I'm glad you like it.
At 6:07pm on May 16, 2008, Justin Brown said…
My guide J,

From you: I have learned more than music and will be more than music to you. You are more than an ambassador of music, but a great friend.


At 3:06pm on April 16, 2008, Keith Haskins said…
Thanks for the Love Jerry, Woody has told me about you as well. Hope to meet you one day soon....I enjoy your sound tremendously! Glad you put your calendar up, I'll catch up to you in the near future.
At 1:14am on April 15, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Okay thanks. I know both Rick and Bobby. I'll remember those dates and try to make it. Thanks again.
At 7:13pm on April 14, 2008, Deb Weible said…
Hi Jerry, Thanks for your note! The Tuesday Night Big Band & The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band are actually the same band except we add Bobbby Wayne on vocals when we play the Doo Wop show which was written by our director Rich "Mo" Mansfield. You can catch us at the Rhythm House for The Pittsburgh Jazz Society on June 15th and August 17th. We always play some of the female Doo Wop charts (Lori Russo sings) for those gigs.
At 7:58pm on April 5, 2008, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Well I don't know about being there for the recording. But I know Troy and the rest of the fellows. I use to fill in with Soul Jones from time to time. That is where I must have met you. I remember there was another horn player on a few gigs that I did with that band. And I played a few times with them when they use to hold down a spot located on Liberty Ave,- in Bloomfield, near the hospital.
At 6:17pm on April 5, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Jerry, Not sure if we met before either. (I think we did though) I joined up with the Blues Orphans in 1995, shortly after they stopped playing Brother Olive's in the strip, which I understand was an open jam setting. I stopped in there once or twice, met the boys and shortly after was ask to join. At that time, I was jamming with Soul Jones which later became Randall Troy & The Kings, Soul Jones was Randy Troy on guitar, Max Woodhall on bass, Jim Seng on keys, Bill Engelman on sax and myself. The Kings recorded a demo and I'm wondering if you were present during the recording? as there was another saxman present during the recording...yes? no? Take care Jerry.
At 7:57am on April 3, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
You're doing it right my brother. Way to go!

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