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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 4:25pm on March 28, 2009, Janelle Burdell said…
Good to hear from you and that all is good! WOrking more than I have in 2.5 years back now! Yea... Jst opened ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Playhouse but heading back to CLO Cab for tribute to Frank SInatra, MY WAY Easter week thru mid May. Alll the while doing CHarloites Web for Playhouse's CHildren's Theater in the days! WHeee! HAve fun today! Love, -j
At 10:24pm on September 23, 2008, Miss Freddye said…
Hey Jeff! Thank you so much for the jam on sunday!!!! You and Dave are great!!! we have to do that again!!!!!!!
At 7:46pm on August 14, 2008, Adam Brock said…
Hey Jeff!
I actually got someone already for that day...but since we only live a few minutes apart we need to meet up sometime and chat! I will be having some more gigs I may need you for! I will keep you posted and give you a call when they come up! thanks so much.
At 3:49pm on August 11, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
jus' hit town. mickey who....? dble diaper duty? hahaha! ;)
glad you are well. hope to get out some to play over the next few weeks too. holla back ~
At 8:03pm on July 19, 2008, Gene Ludwig said…
Hi Jeff, Big congratulations on the twins, many blessings to you all. I am doing great, feeling fine. I hope you enjoy a great summer and enjoy your wonderful happy family. Gene
At 9:21pm on July 17, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
We will be playing at the Edgewood Country Club this Friady 7 to 11----open to the public.
At 9:13pm on July 16, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hi Jeff,
I look forward to hearing and seeing you soon. I've always heard wonderful things about happy to be friends!
At 5:47pm on July 16, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
nope...just lots of black coffee. I miss you, my friend! Glad to see your name across my screen. (what, no epic email?! ) :)
At 9:59am on May 20, 2008, Justin Brown said…
Hey Jeff,

Things are going good and looking forward to playing with you again. I really dig your style and sound. Ill be in touch.

At 3:58pm on April 2, 2008, Linda Jones said…
Hi Jeff, good to see you here, how are you doing?
At 3:54pm on April 2, 2008, Karl Sterling said…
Hey Jeff,
Thanks for the message! Ithaca is beautiful country, too. I love it there. Many good players in that area. I've worked with Steve Brown, but only a couple of times. He's a great player. I think he's getting ready to retire and his son (who I think plays bass) will be taking his position, so I hear.

I like this Pittsburgh network. It seems like a nice community of musicians. I invite to to join our network, too - we'd love to have you:

Thanks again,
At 2:47am on April 2, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Jeff, back at ya. I know the love affair feeling for the Brewery. I Really do. We're there this Friday April 4 and May 16. If you can, stop on out & bring your axe. Take care, Dave Yoho
At 1:31pm on March 28, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
Hey, My Friend! How cool to see you at CJ's last evening.........pleasure to hang with you. It felt like the olden days!
At 2:40am on March 27, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Sweet ~ Thanks Jeff! I'm looking forward to it as well. Hope I get some time to shed the tunes she's sending. Talk more soon. ciao, -janelle
At 9:45pm on March 23, 2008, Diana DeMedici said…
Thanks, just one of many pictures from last Friday night!!
At 8:49pm on March 23, 2008, Phil The Knight said…
Thanks Jeff for turning me on to the PJN. I wouldn't miss being here for the world.

I know I haven't made the scene recently but hopefully we can get together soon when you least expect it. I'll try to follow where you'll be playing. You're still with Patti right? Say hi to Kurt for me will ya?

At 10:46am on March 23, 2008, Tony Janflone Jr said…
Hey Jeff :-)
Great to see you my friend ! We must get together soon ,
At 1:37pm on March 22, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey Jeff, Thanks for the add and reaching out. Just getting settled here-but looking to play so no doubt we'll catch up with each other soon! I'll look forward to it! Groove hard, -janelle
At 7:21pm on March 19, 2008, Adam Brock said…
hey we need to get together at some point!
At 10:56pm on March 17, 2008, Rick Dickerson said…
Hey Jeff
Thanks so much man. Hope all is well with you.

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