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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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       In Her Own Words

..., But Then She's Betty Carter

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..., But Then She's Betty Carter

Time: November 22, 2013 from 6:15pm to 9pm
Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood
Street: 7101 Hamilton Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 4126576916
Event Type: film
Organized By: Sabira Bushra
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2013

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But Then, She's Betty Carter

Pittsburgh Premiere!!


“There is only one jazz singer, only one:  Betty Carter” – Carmen McCrae


Michele Parkerson’s documentary on the life and music of Betty Carter, But Then, She's Betty Carter has everything going for it in the talent of the black jazz vocalist herself.

She not only is an accomplished singer, she had the wisdom and perseverance to stay with her vision of herself in the face of both gender and racial prejudice, which always cuts to the pocketbook as well as the heart.

She says, "Getting someone to understand what kind of business you're in, what you have to do to stay in it, and what it means to you....I think that's very hard for men to accept." A sign of Carter's wisdom and patience is that most gifted women who suffered as she did would have said the same thing in scathing terms.


Carter was discovered by Lionel Hampton when he and his band were in Detroit (his band included Charlie Mingus and Wes Montgomery at the time). She was standing up watching the band, scatting along with the music, and more than ready to jump in and begin her career "big time." Yet the future was to bring her problems with major record companies and undeserved obscurity because she held to her ideals of doing something more with her talent.


This documentary highlights her 30-year career with the music she sings, still photographs of herself and other jazz musicians, and reminiscences shared with friends.

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