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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



       In Her Own Words

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At 10:06pm on November 7, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Linda ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne.
At 3:42am on August 14, 2009, Motown Mitch said…
Good Evening LJ I'm going to look for you on Facebook and MySpace as I'm there most the time, that way we'll stay connected.

At 2:54am on August 3, 2009, Motown Mitch said…
Hi Linda!
Nice to see you here. Hope you're summer is all jazzed up as you would have it :) Just wanted to deliver some Motor City love.

Blessings to you and your family,

At 4:40am on April 23, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Linda! How have you been? I really thought that I would see you at the BPEP Jazz event. I guess you were busy on that day. I see that you still have "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" in your music player. I'm glad you like that one! I have to catch up to you to hear about your latest travels. Talk to you soon.
At 3:38pm on February 8, 2009, Paul & Gerry said…
Just wanted to say Hi to you and George :-) ger
At 6:41pm on January 18, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Linda! Happy New Year! How have you been?
At 4:35am on December 29, 2008, Bruce C said…
Linda....HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAH...from downeast Maine!...Impressive work you've done too...congrats all the way around....If you ever need friends in Maine....there are a lot of great musicins here...Jazz is spoken in Maine....all my best ....always...b
At 4:42pm on December 17, 2008, Eric Watson said…
Hey Linda,
Nice to be here..There's a possibility that I'll be in Pittsburgh around the Holidays....take care...

At 4:24pm on December 10, 2008, Flo Taylor said…
Hi Linda...Another appreciative fan!
At 2:43am on July 27, 2008, Patrick Susoeff said…
At 3:46pm on July 24, 2008, Babatunde Lea said…
Thanx for the invitation to friendship. Can't wait to meet all the good people of Pittsburgh up close & personal!
At 3:50pm on July 20, 2008, George Heid said…
Hello Linda,

These are soulful days.... I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I hope to post some more today.

You know you and Geo have to stop over for a hang. So call and let me know when that can be... yes?

I hope you've doing well.... George
At 12:12am on July 15, 2008, Gene Ludwig said…
Hi Linda, thanks for the nice compliment. Say hello to George and nice seeing you here. Gene
At 10:32pm on June 3, 2008, Ben Opie said…
Well...I mean, any thoughts on Saturday night? WE were into it, I can tell you, a great evening for us, but I'm curious what you and George have to say...
At 7:02pm on June 2, 2008, Eric Susoeff said…
Thanks Linda, that was taken at my brothers wedding
on the beach in Maui 2 years ago.
At 1:01am on May 29, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…
Have you and George seen the picture I posted of George when he played the Bass?

Frank B. Greenlee
At 4:23am on May 27, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Thanks Linda and George
lets stay incontact
love to you,
At 5:26pm on May 26, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Linda
loved reading your journey through jazz.
Wondering if George would post any of his marvelous photos? That would be great.
Blessings to you both,
Devorah Segall
At 7:40pm on March 18, 2008, Max Leake said…
Hi Linda,

Good to see you here. I hope all is well. See you soon.
At 6:07pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Linda, Keep thinking I know you. Hmmm...Goshey--Sylvestor...? ANd you say, Oakland, CA...? Are you there now? We gotta talk.
Yea, I love organ too Gene Ludwig taught me how to shuffle. ;) ciao, -janelle

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