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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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       In Her Own Words

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At 12:47am 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 12:13am on February 25, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
I met Jim Blakemore more than once thru my dad, I notice from others' comments that he passed. I had not heard as I have been so out of touch for so long. He was always so nice to me. And Bobby is related to you? Did you see the photo of him and Dodo in my dad's pictures?
Please feel free to keep me updated (even privately) as I have so many memories from the 60's of all of these guys - I just need someone to jog them!
Thanks again.
At 12:06am on February 25, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Wow, everyone has made me feel even more proud of Dad , I am blown away by the comments by all. Thank you VERY much.

My mom is coming out to Vegas to visit me next week (it will be the first time I've seen her since Dad's passing). We are going to catch up on a lot!
I will show her this page and she will really appreciate all the wonderful things everyone has to say. I will certainly let her know you said "Hi". Thanks again and take care.
At 5:07am on November 16, 2008, Barry Levenson said…
Billy, your comment about me blew me away!!! You've always been so supportive...i love you a ton1 Send me some ph#s so we can catch up.
At 6:23am on September 1, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Billy! I heard about your recent illness, and I want to wish you a very speedy recovery!
At 1:38am on August 31, 2008, Troy W Campbell said…
Hey Billy two things how is Bobby doing I cant seem to find out from other people? I wanted to tell you I think that the piece you wrote for Jimmy Blakemore's memorial was Brilliant I would have never been able to put it any better. You can tell just how much you will miss him and I feel the same way. We started out together in a little group here in town with Ronnie Leibfreid on piano.
We also worked on Billy Butterfields band for a few college dates. May God Rest his soul. Troy Campbell
At 6:13am on June 10, 2008, George C Jones said…
Brother Bill,
thanks for the kind words. For a minute there i thought you had the wrong person, then i saw my name. I could say the same things about you. We always had big fun but the music always came first. Hope to have many more great gigs in the future i'll be posting photos from the past, i think you'll find some of them very interesting.
Take care bro,
At 1:22am on May 15, 2008, SANDY STALEY said…
At 12:19am on May 15, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Billy- saw the comment about Jim- almost afraid to ask- ?
Sending prayers for all of you - also Bobby Negri
Get well soon
At 2:04pm on May 7, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
Just heard about Jim, so sorry--sorry to be out of touch---hope your well--doing Spiders Jam at Martini's this Saturday--it would be good to see you.
At 4:03pm on March 16, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hey Billy
Time change- 3 hours earlier here in California
Been here a long time doing some music- mostly helping my mom through some big health challenges send me your email
At 8:05am on March 10, 2008, stephen boyd said…
stephen boyd said…
Hey Billy, Great to get reconnected with you. It's good to know that your doing well! I remember the Tender Trap too! It was a great hang. What's there now? Might be fun to re-open that room. Hit me back. TAKE CARE!!
At 7:07am on March 9, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks Billy,

It's like having a window on the worldwide Burgh of music. Since we don't have much of a physical community anymore, this is quite fun.
At 1:23am on March 9, 2008, Frank B. Greenlee said…
It is good to know that we are all still around. Good to hear from you!
At 5:36pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Mr. Kuhn, Been too long. We should catch up. Glad to see you here. Stay warm ~ janelle
At 5:55am on March 8, 2008, Harold Walker said…
Can I get Fries with those Cymbals ?
At 3:33am on March 3, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Billy. Thank you for your contribution to the network and your contributions to Pittsburgh jazz. You are one of the best and everyone should be able to know that.

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