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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words

Workout on an Ron Carter tune from the 1980 record Petrao. A nice brasilian type bossa, when I sat down to figure out the changes they were like Bird's 'Confirmation' with a modulating bridge. RC writes some good stuff. Chet Baker, Kenny Barron, Amaury Tristao Jack DeJohnnette( my favorite) Nana Vasconcelos, Edson Machado were all on this recording. Notice the 'Giant Steps' changes I threw in !

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Comment by Kevin Hurst, Sr. on March 1, 2011 at 4:27am
This is all me and the backround was very hard because I play just enough keyboard and bass. I used a Casio keyboard with the drum patterns. hanks for listening John!
Comment by JOHN PAPI on March 26, 2010 at 2:19am
Man ,I really enjoy listening to your stuff,man you are into some nice things, heavey ,and i am sure you guys can cook on a gig.. Did you ever run into Wendel Byrd, he pass away a while back, man could he play a b3.. his brother name is Jerry Byrd..I am in the home building business for the last 20 years, and put the b3, in the game room not much going on anymore , but some of the older guys want be to get back into again..I don't know if i am ready for that life again, you know what i mean..I have been putting some of my stuff out there on facabook and u helps passing the time... GOD BLESS you keep in touch.. john papi

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