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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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    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

Dave Cook - drums, Wendell Byrd - Hammond B3 Organ

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MAN , WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD DOWNLOAD WENDELL 'S TAPE ON THIS WEB SITE, EVEN JUST A FEW MINUTES, AND THEN ALL THE HAMMOND GUYS COULD HEAR WHAT A TRESURE HE WAS.. JOHN PAPI

I'll get around to it soon.  Wendell's daughter Tonya Davis is a member of this network.  She is trying to learn more about her father.  Please add her as a friend.

I'm originally from east liberty and lived in phoenix az in 1968 to 70. I wandered into the apollo lounge in scottsdale where wendell bryd performed.  I returned on many occasions } I never knew where he was from and i never forgot his name. Over the years I have googled him. I assumed a man with his talents would have made a name for himself nationally, but never found results til now. It blew my mind that he was prom pittsburgh. What a great showman.

Allen,
I was surprised as well that no information was available via google.
I think it is important for Pittsburgh to provide a source where people get get information on their hometown legends. Wendell was special and should be recognized.

I finally upgraded my Wendell Byrd 45!

https://youtu.be/x7nrVeVbOmc

J.


Please upload the flip side of that 45 of Wendell & Dave.  I almost cried when I heard the A side.

If anyone has photos or articles of the late Wendell Byrd the B3 Hammond organ player from Pittsburgh, Pa., please send me a copy via email to cdunn@tonerplussolutions.com.

The Wendell Byrd that I am speaking of played the organ with his feet and his signature song was Ebb Tide. Wendell had two other brothers, Perry and Jerry Byrd.
His brother, Jerry Byrd played the guitar with Freddie Cole and his trio for about 20 years.

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