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Erroll Garner, George Benson, Earl Hines, Ray Brown, Kenny Clarke, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, Ahmad Jamal, Joe Negri and Mary Lou Williams all had one thing in common—Pittsburgh, PA. They all grew up there along with other jazz greats. How did Pittsburgh come to be such a flourishing jazz center? And what caused jazz's decline in the city—twice?

Here's We Knew What We Had; The Greatest Story Never Told, an excellent documentary about the rise and double fall of the jazz scene in Pittsburgh, PA....

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