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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

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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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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

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There is a dearth of oral history available documenting the greatness of the Pittsburgh Jazz Tradition and Legacy.. Please feel free to add a quote of your own or words of wisdom or humor from a Pittsburgh artist that you may find of interest.

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I don't need time. What I need is a deadline. -Duke Ellington, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor (1899-1974)

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:03pm

“Pops, my motto is ‘Eat Good, Stay Healthy and Don’t Worry About Being Rich’” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:02pm

“I come out of a part of the South where it ain’t no way in the world you can forget you’re colored.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:02pm

“What do I want to get famous for? What do I care about famous? The public does that. That ain’t me man. I just blow. I don’t care who I’m playing for or where I’m playing. My mind never leaves that tailgate.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:01pm

. “I was making dough ever since I was a teenager playing with Fate Marable on the riverboats. So even if I start making a million bucks a day it won’t make me try to be something different.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:00pm

.“For many years I blew my brains out. Hitting notes so high they hurt a dog’s ears. Joe Glaser told me ‘Play and sing pretty. Give the people a show.’” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 4:59pm

“Joe Glaser could realize I could play with white boys! You know? And play for white people. When I first signed for him he didn’t just book me in colored dances.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 4:59pm

. “[There was] lots of dough flying around, all kinds of beautiful women at your service. A musician in Chicago in the early twenties were treated and respected just like – some kind of God. ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 4:58pm

“The first time I left New Orleans I went to St Louis with Fate’s band on the boat and to my surprise – we were the first colored band to play with the Streckfus Steamers.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 4:57pm

“When I married Daisy (my first wife) she was a prostitute from across the river. Many times she and I went to jail from fighting in the streets, and my boss would have to come and get me out.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 4:56pm

.“I was born in what they called the poor man’s Storyville. But it was always the Red Light District, or just District, to me. And will be in my memory the rest of my life. The District never closed. There were actions going on at all times – somewhere or another. Just think – during the twenty four hours you could hear most of the top notch musicians.”” ---Louis Armstrong

 

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