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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 12:10am on June 4, 2019, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…


At 3:34pm on May 14, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Jo,

Thanks forthe good wishes. Argentina celebrates Mother's Day in October,but I loved your greetings.

Marta :)

At 3:11pm on May 11, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Jo Tongo,

Thanks for your comment and vote( ¨Times Square¨)



At 12:01pm on January 31, 2011, tim max said…
hello  friend  , nic  week  ,tim
At 12:46pm on October 29, 2010, Ms. Felecia said…

At 1:10am on October 29, 2010, Ms. Felecia said…

At 4:49pm on September 26, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Jo Tongo,

Thanks for your works and the picture.

Marta :)
At 3:22am on April 17, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi gave JO TONGO a gift
At 3:22am on April 17, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Jo Tongo;

Thanks for your gift is Wonderful...!!!


At 1:26am on April 16, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Jo Tongo,

Thanks for your message.


At 10:59pm on April 8, 2010, PMT Studio said…
thanks for taking time to listen to our playlist (Sacha's last cd "Our Reality") is now reaching #41 on the reverb nation National charts ( after only 6 days since release),he wrote and played all instruments except for 2 guitar lead tracks that a friend from Germany did for us , and i do all the recording engineering and mastering work so i am happy our work is pleasing to your ears ,do keep in touch if you need some mastering or anything else send me a line at
At 2:43am on February 6, 2010, Jody Jaress said…
Awwww, greetings back at ya' my friend.

Be well, safe, and loved always.
At 8:34pm on July 22, 2009, Brother Black said…
Hey Jo....
Thanks for being my friend !!!
You da man....Just love your music...
Brotha Black
At 4:31pm on June 24, 2009, tim max said…
very pleasure be your friend , a hugs for you and your family
At 2:06am on June 24, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD MUSIC
At 1:29am on June 16, 2009, Jody Jaress said…
awwww.... how lovely. I can actually smell the roses.
Thank you much!
Keep those dreams coming true,
At 8:34pm on June 15, 2009, Ms. Felecia said…

Thanks for those PVIBES.......God Bless!!! Much Needed!!!!
At 3:15am on April 13, 2009, diana bellone said…
happy easter to you too!!! diana
At 5:58pm on March 8, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hey Jo,

I really like your new video; keep layin' it down for us Bro.

At 5:57pm on January 5, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Happy New Year Bro!

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