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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 3:47pm on August 16, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Roger Barbour Sr a gift
Congratulations!! From: Barb
At 4:53am on March 04, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Roger Barbour Sr a gift
Mr. and Mrs. Barbour: Thank you for all the years of friendship and encouragement that you have shown. Sincerely yours, Ms. B
At 1:31am on November 27, 2009, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
Fabulous true holiday spirit your music inspires in all of us!!! sincerely with you in spirit for the holidays, Dr Bruce
At 3:34pm on August 24, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Thanks, Roger. Everyone enjoyed the night ... looking forward to the next!

At 8:08pm on August 10, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Unless something totally unexpected occurs, Kathy & I will see you at Melange Bistro Bar on 8/14. We should have between 9 - 13 people we will be bringing with us. I don't suppose that this should present any problem (never been there). We'll try to make reservations. Looking forward to it.

Fred Freshwater
At 9:41pm on August 3, 2009, Fred Freshwater said…
Hope you are well! I'm looking for your next event so we can come but don't see anything current. Wondering what your schedule is. Could you email me so I can set something up?

Fred Freshwater
At 5:54pm on August 3, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Roger, It was a real pleasure to meet you at last night's open stage at the Around The Corner in Millvale. You and Joe Romeo(on sax) made for a great impromptu horn section and sounded fantastic. Thanks for taking the night's Yinzide Out project up to another level. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will see you again. Thanks, Dave
At 3:18am on July 7, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Rodger is my main man,and we go back very far. I was happy to talk with you and play on stage once again with you at Bpep. Looks like you are moving right along. I hope to catch one of your shows soon. Until we meet again, your friend ALI
At 1:44am on February 27, 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 11:44pm on December 16, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Roger! How are you? I heard your CD for the first time on Saturday at Little E's. I was very impressed! They played it in between our sets all night, so I guess the owner was impressed with it too. How can I get a copy? I tried to look for it online, but I had no luck.
At 11:50pm on November 10, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Roger,

You've always been an inspiration to me. I'll always remember the first time I met you with Al Dowe's Jam Session at Myron's. You were so kind to me and embraced me into being a great jazz player and jazz educator.

I always dig hangin' out with you and I hope all is well with your quartet.

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 11:41am on August 12, 2008, Janine Gilbert-Carter said…
Thank you for connecting. It is an honor to meet you.

Peace and Blessings,

At 4:49pm on June 29, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Roger, It's my pleasure to connect with you here on jazzburgher. peace, Dave Yoho
At 7:11am on June 24, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thanks for the friendship!
Nice to meet you.
At 8:19am on June 11, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
No worries man it happens! (: Anyways, thank you for your stellar consideration....
At 6:21am on May 25, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Thank you so much for joining us. when you post your profile picture, I'll feature you. You can do almost anything with your page including set up a merchandise store. Look at the Google ads on the right hand column and you'll see "Ning Network Merch Store."

Browse the pics and vids and see what treasures you can find and then add some of your own.
At 11:58pm on May 24, 2008, J. Malls said…
Looks like that worked :)
At 11:57pm on May 24, 2008, J. Malls said…
Hey Roger,
Haven't experimented with posting pics on here too much. We'll see if this works . . .
One of my favorites!!

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