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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 2:06am on April 6, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
Hello Roger. Hope you are doing well. I will be in town on Thursday, April 15 at Univ of Pittsburgh's Spring Jazz Concert from 8-10pm with trumpeter, Claudio Roditi. Hope you can come and check us out. Take care, man.
At 12:35am on July 11, 2009, Frank B. Greenlee said…
I don't have Eric's information, but on my page I have posted a couple of his songs...I once did the picture for one of his album covers. Frank
At 12:19am 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 3:31am on February 24, 2009, Michael A. Constable said…
Thanks, Roger, for the kind words. I hope I can find more photos when I get back to the house in Wilkins. Thanks again.
At 4:37pm on September 7, 2008, Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell said…
Doc, we go back to the George Gee days, your family and I have been good friends for quite a while. we have done everything from big concerts to computer music at CMU, it has always been interesting and fun. Keep plaing that slick shit. See you on the band stand PEACE
At 8:24am on July 29, 2008, Kevin McManus said…
Thanks Roger! You're playing Great!!!
At 2:52am on May 20, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Hey Roger,
Nice to meet you, thanks for the add.
At 6:03pm on April 7, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Roger, I will certainly send a hello to the Orphans from you. I met you back in the Bob's Garage days. I think Mr. B was there sitting in that night. It was either Mr. B or some other, sporting a wild hat and long white fur coat. Keep on tootin', Roger n' out. Dave Yoho
At 6:10pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey hey, Very fun to connect with everyone again! Go Nelson! Finally got a new machine after 3 months! Now to work. Thank goodness winter turns to spring. Be well. -janelle
At 8:37pm on February 11, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

You sounded great last night. Thanks for joining. Please invite some others to do likewise. Go to the Members tab and add some friends also. Post anything you like here for all to see.



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