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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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Born and raised and steeped
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All of them.
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Carnegie Library, Props to Mr. Mowad.
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Anywhere it's played.
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Bass player. Dr. Harrison saved/changed my life. Without playing music I would not have made it this far. Respect and wish I could dedicate my total life to music but I've acquired the creature comfort tastes. Miss everyone.
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At 12:06am on December 12, 2018, Andrea C Gordon said…
Hi Justin. I don't know if you remember me from Scholars or Schenley, but it's Andrea Tomaszewski. I can't explain why you popped into my consciousness last night, but I can't deny it either. Hope all is well!
At 12:39am on January 13, 2010, Bill Coffee said…
Justin, what's up man?
At 8:22am on September 14, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
hey bro good 2 c u on da netork. i had a great time playing with u @sevensprings and was very dissipointed you wasnt on the following gig. i love playing with you , you make my job so easy. when ever you get some free time i would love to take you to the studio with me and capture some magic! give me a call, much luv! DOSE
At 11:41pm on April 15, 2009, Terra Merkey said…
Happy Birthday Justin! Missed you at the welcome abraham show last week! Have a great day!
At 6:34pm on April 14, 2009, Michele Bensen said…
Happy Birthday Justin! Have a great day.
At 4:49am on April 14, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Feel free to check out my New SPRING Album!
Peace, Luiz
At 1:41am 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 11:03pm on December 8, 2008, Dwayne Dolphin said…
You can run but you cant hide. I love you!!!!!

At 10:26pm on October 17, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Be blessed!
At 3:09pm on June 1, 2008, Jagsu said…
Hey Justin, Good to see you here. I still have that photo of you playing in Amsterdam -- I need to get it to you.
-- Foley



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