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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 in Mt.Lebanon. Moved to Colorado in 2001. My son Brad Krut still lives in Mt.Lebanon. He will be 21 this year!!!!
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Robbie Klein and Kenny Blake. I used to go watch Steppin'Out back in the late 70's and 80's
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I am a Real Estate Broker in Colorado Springs , Colorado. I am currently married and have 3 grown children. Jennifer, Jami and Brad. And 3 grandchildren Skylar, Gavin and Westin.
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At 5:38pm on January 7, 2009, Robbie Klein said…
Hey Karley,
How could I forget the King sisters.I still run into Anita now and then.Say hello to Pam.Great to see things are going well for you.Time shurely flies.
God Bless
Robbie Klein
At 2:40am on August 4, 2008, Phil The Knight said…
Hi Karley,

When I saw the name Steppin' Out I couldn't believe it. They were playing when I was with Bad Juju and afterwards the Rhythm Kings. I think I even filled a gig one night with them at Conleys near Butler one night.

The were a good bunch of guys and were part of a good music scene back then.

As Nelson stated I'll bet you remember the Parker Brothers too. I spent many an off night jamming with them at the Boardwalk and friends with them all. Speigle was a close friend of mine and got the band to do one of my originals on their album.

Thanks for helping bring back some memories.

At 6:41am on July 27, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Karley,

We are so delighted to have you as a member. I bet you remember the Parker Brothers' Band. Now when you come home to visit, you will be current on the happenings. We are a;ways happy to connect our extended family members into one place. Now when you brag about Pittsburgh to your friends and customers in Colorado Springs, you can actually show them what you mean. Please invite a few friends to join us.

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