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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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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    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

SOUL SESSIONS KICK-OFF CONCERT

Event Details

SOUL SESSIONS KICK-OFF CONCERT

Time: September 20, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Street: 980 Liberty Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Website or Map: http://pittsburghculturaltrus…
Phone: 412-456-6666
Event Type: jazz, vocal, concert
Organized By: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2015

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Event Description

As part of the rebirth of the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has created a new music series, Soul Sessions, with five shows throughout the 2015-16 season.

Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement/Direct of Jazz Programs says the trust was asked by the foundations that now control the center to assist in programming and extend the trust's reach into the center with the programming we already have.

The August Wilson Center, named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh playwright, struggled with it finances from the day it opened in 2009. Operations at the center were suspended in November 2013. Earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Foundation bought the center from mortgage-holder Dollar Bank. The Cultural Trust is in charge of day-to-day operations.

It's a celebration of African-American culture, Burley Wilson says, but with all of us working together, we can create a center where there's something for everyone to enjoy."

We just to have to get in there and make it work, she says.



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Gregory Porter
The Soul Sessions series kicks off on Sept. 20 with “An Evening With Gregory Porter.” The singer won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, “Liquid Spirit.” During the performance, he will be presented with the Jazz Journalist Association male vocalist of the year award by trombonist Nelson Harrison, founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $35 to $45. Burley Wilson first brought Porter to Pittsburgh for the Jazz Live International festival in 2011. “He's a Pittsburgh favorite,“

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