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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 3:40pm on December 27, 2012, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…

PEACE Brother Howie I hope you and the family are doing well. Check it out, I just finished writing a book called Multidimensions of Love and I want you to be a proof reader. PLEASE hit me back . cell 8182560586

At 6:17am on January 15, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 2:37am on September 12, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 7:47pm on June 13, 2011, charles Darnell Lumpkins said…
PEACE Howie this is Charles Lumpkins extending to much love and respect in you dilligence and commitment at AAMI.  I have been hearing great things about you.  Thank you for continuing the AAMI Jazz Lab experience for the youth it is a diamond in the ruff! Please show some love to Remelle  and Tommy Lumpkins when the return to AAMI for the 2011 Father's Day Celebration eith the AAMI Boy's Choir. PEACE  Charles Lumpkins
At 1:00am on February 16, 2010, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Hey Howie, couldn't make it to your Sweetwater gig last Friday, but sent some friends who said they enjoyed it immensely. Keep on "wowing" them with your fantastic gift.
At 10:21pm on December 18, 2009, Mark Leonard said…
What up man? Good to see you're still ticklin' dem dam keys!
peace & love

Mark Leonard
At 11:48pm on February 26, 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 11:54am on January 26, 2009, Elliott "Bigpop" Lawrence said…
What up Howie? How You Been?
At 4:31pm on January 22, 2009, Donna Bailey said…
Hey there, Howie,
I sure would like to book you to play sometime.
What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Hope to see you soon.
At 3:05pm on January 4, 2009, Ahveekhy said…
Howie was a pleasure hearing you play last night..I uploaded some of the music from last night... Come to my page and check it out Peace Ahveekhy
At 5:00pm on October 14, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Howie,
I had a great time last night at AVA Lounge!
The atmosphere was electric and artistic!

You and the band really swung hard!

I'm so honored that you let me share the stage with today's Pittsburgh Jazz Legends like Dr. Nelson Harrison, Sean Jones, and Jeff Grubbs.

Everyone seemed to enjoy each other and it felt like one big family.

It's really great that we can colloborate too, because we're musical directors of the two community music schools in Homewood.

Keep up the good work and Keep Swinging!

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 2:05am on August 7, 2008, Moe Seager said…
It was a pleasure hearing you in July at the shadow Lounge. It was a blast for me to step up and poem with you guys on those 2 Monday evenings.
Keep the Beat on the Pulse of Life!
Moe Seager
At 12:33am on July 29, 2008, Janine Gilbert-Carter said…
Hi Howie, not sure if you remember me but you played for me at my family reunion at the Wyndam. I pray all is well.

Peace and Blessings,
At 2:09pm on July 7, 2008, Luke Williams said…
Howie, your response to Bob Karlovitz' nonsense that he called a critique was beautiful. I so wished I had seen that grouping of masters. Hopefully the cultural trust(or someone else) will do something like it in the near future and maybe a paper could get someone who knows something about jazz to cover it

Love ya man
At 4:14pm on June 4, 2008, Tara Alexander said…
Hello Howie, I haven't evaporated. yet. Am working on a documentary project that needs some music, will pay scale. Is there somewhere that you are playing that we can meet and talk? Tara

Leaning on the Wind
412 741-6358
skype: tfimvideo
At 3:41pm on May 27, 2008, Terra Merkey said…
Hi! I have a question about a couple songs from the session last night..... what was the song that you played that James was singing on? A few of us were trying to figure it out. Also, did you play "better than anything" before the break? Just wondering....
Enjoyed your session - as always!
At 9:00pm on May 14, 2008, Jazz Robertson said…
hey howie!! i'm back home for the summer! how are you?
At 4:43pm on April 1, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
Hey Howie,
...Enjoyed the chance to hear your music and sing a few with you Saturday...great fun...wishing you all good things!
At 2:25pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
At 9:57pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Yo to the Yo! Whazzzzzzzzup? Hahaha! Had a ball Monday night at the AVA Lounge. Hip scene Howie. Congrats! Thanks, -janelle

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