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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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Gary Burton "Generations"

Event Details

Gary Burton "Generations"

Time: October 2, 2009 at 8pm to October 4, 2009 at 2:30pm
Location: MCG Jazz Hall, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Street: 1815 Metropolitan St
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.322.0800
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Amy_at_MCGJazz
Latest Activity: Oct 3, 2009

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Event Description

Gary Burton returns from retirement to share his “Generations” band with the MCG audience. The “Generations” band features Julian Lage, guitar; Vadim Neselovskyi, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; and James Williams, drums. This hot young ensemble, hand-picked by Gary, is “a unique bridge between the mainstream of jazz and the permutation called jazz-rock.” (International Herald Tribune) Gary Burton’s groups have been a hotbed of talented discoveries for two generations. Gary is especially known for finding groundbreaking guitarists: Larry Coryell, John Scofield and Pat Metheny, among them. Gary’s latest discovery is the now 21-year old guitarist, Julian Lage. Julian has infused the current Quintet lineup with a youthful exuberance and his compositions share the joy of jazz that Gary has instilled in so many musicians over the last four decades. Julian’s recent solo album “Sounding Point” is a striking and sophisticated first release.

“The importance of GENERATIONS, besides the opportunity to hear Burton perform again, is the introduction of a young guitarist who’s so good that he undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.” JAZZREVIEW

“This is Burton’s strongest set list since his days with ECM. And Lage contributes three compositions, which are typical of Burton’s choices in material, accessible yet deceptively challenging.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ

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