This mural is not just a history of jazz greats, it’s a history of Pittsburgh jazz greats! Can you feel your city pride swelling when you realize the breadth of talent that came from our own neighborhoods?
Top left in the mural is Stanley William Turrentine, also known as
Mr T or
The Sugar Man
Stanley Turrentine and the Penn Incline
To the right of Stanley Turrentine is Ray Brown, a Grammy award winning base musician.
Below and right of Ray Brown is George Benson, the man that had the first platinum jazz album.
David Roy Eldridge or
Little Jazz is considered one of the
most important virtuoso trumpeters in the history of jazz.
Composer and self–taught pianist Errol Garner was a musical genius, possibly best known for composing
Art Blakey started out playing piano until Errol Garner bumped him over to the drums. He found his nitch there becoming an award winning jazz drummer.
Lena Horne is the only one of this talented group that is not a native of the ’Burgh. She did, however, move here when she was 18 to live with her father for several years.
The posts in front of this mural are also painted, making them less of a distraction: