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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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TRIBUTE: A Symphonic Celebration of African American Culture

Event Details

TRIBUTE: A Symphonic Celebration of African American Culture

Time: January 27, 2009 at 8pm
Location: Heniz Hall
Street: 600 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map: http://www.pittsburghsymphony…
Phone: 412.392.4900
Event Type: Celebration, of, African, American, Culture
Organized By: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Marketing Partner Berlin International
Latest Activity: Jan 12, 2009

Event Description

One Night Only! Tuesday January 27, 2009 8pm, Heniz Hall

Tickets $5, $15 and $25: for tickets call 412.392.4900

Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for its third annual "Tribute" concert- a symphonic celebration of African American culture. This celebratory performance showcases a fusion of musical styles from the orchestral, jazz, gospel, and spiritual music traditions that reflect the diversity of American music. Hear the PSO with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and his Trio perform James P. Johnson's "Yamekraw," as well as George Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue as you've never heard it before - with a jazz trio twist! This special performance also features the amazing sounds of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Mass Choir performing an arrangement of Richard Smallwood's "Bless the Lord" and the anthem "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."

Arrive early at 7pm and stay after the concert to experience the Hill House Association's "Live at the Hurricane," a jazz combo performance accompanied by projected images by Pittsburgh photographer Teenie Harris in the Heinz Hall lobby.

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Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on January 11, 2009 at 8:49pm
Sage, I'd love to make it. Marcus is really great and I'm sure the piece that Jmes wrote is great.
Thanks for the invite.

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