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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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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 5:10pm

"It's been hard goddam work, man. Feel like I spent 20,000 years on the planes and railroads, like I blowed my chops off. Sure, pops, I like the ovation, but when I'm low, beat down, wonder if maybe I hadn't of been better off staying home in New Orleans." ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:09pm

"I think I had a beautiful life. I didn't wish for anything I couldn't get, and I got pretty near everything I wanted because I worked for it. I don't keep nothing that I can't use right now, so everything I have I'm still enjoying it." ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:08pm

. “I’ve gone on with bad colds, high temperatures and bruised chops. Sometimes you have to play when your lips are so tender, you feel there’s pins in them.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:07pm

“You know, some times I sit around the house and think about all the places me and Lucille have been. You name the country and we’ve just about been there.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:06pm

“It’s like calling Tchaikovsky a bum because his piano concerto sounds the same way each time you hear it.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:06pm

“When I pick up that horn. . .the world’s behind me, and I don’t concentrate."  ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:05pm

“I am so happy at the age of fifty – still blowing my little Satchmo trumpet, still enjoying the fine things in life, still love everybody and everybody still loves me and from one end of the world to the other, to me, everybody’s just one big happy family.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:04pm

“The Pope was such a fine little old fellow. So he says, ‘Have you any children’. And I say, ‘No, Daddy, but we’re working on it.” ---Louis Armstrong

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 16, 2016 at 5:04pm

I don’t want a million dollars. With a lot of musicians money made a fool out of them. They forget about the life they love, standing on the bandstand. I’m not looking to be up on a high pedestal. I’m just appreciating what I’m dong. I think all I can do is play the way I feel.” ---Louis Armstrong

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

 

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