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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 8:52am on October 1, 2015, stella kwale said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 10:05pm on November 7, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Lennis ! Greetings from Schru, Cologne
At 12:17am on March 2, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 2:26pm on April 3, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
Hey Lennis. I'll be there w/ a drummer.See ya tonight!
At 4:33pm on March 25, 2008, Miles said…
Hi Lennis,
Please come join us at
Thanks, Miles
At 2:43pm on March 14, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
I think it's 9:30-1:30
At 1:49pm on March 14, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
Hi Lennis,I'll be @ the Van Dyke on April 3 I'm doin a single,but I'd rather do some trio stuff.If Randy is there that night and you wanna sit in.maybe he'll book us.maybe I'll get a drummer It'll cut my money but I'm into getting something solid together with more players.
At 12:58pm on March 14, 2008, Vincent Anthony Scruci said…
Lennis ,Vince Anthony keys/vocals, I don't know if we've met.I'm from the Burgh.I guess we know lots of the same people. I'm living in Deerfield,soon to be in Boca,in April.I'm playin all over the place down here.I'll be at the Van Dyke in April.Maybe we can work together some time.
At 2:44pm on March 12, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Lennis, Sippin coffee, and there you are! Hi!sounds good. Just got back in town. Where are you from? Now? Yes I will go to your myspace page--but wanted to catch you. ciao, -janelle
At 8:22pm on February 4, 2008, DR. LEO CASINO said…
Girl you look hot, I am waiting to buy your album. You are a star !!!!!!


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