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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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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 August 3, 2011 at 2:18pm
I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

---Chuck Mangione
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 2, 2011 at 8:15pm
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art..."

---Charlie Parker
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 1, 2011 at 11:00pm
Jazz is... One of life's greatest gifts: fun found within surprise.

---Author Unknown
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 31, 2011 at 6:34pm
The first thing is, jazz is one of the few things to let you know that there is a God and there is a creation.

---Billy Higgins
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 31, 2011 at 4:43pm
"Every child is an artist... the problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up".

--- Pablo Picasso
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2011 at 3:49am
"It is dreadful when something weighs on your mind, not to have a soul to unburden yourself to. You know what I mean. I tell my piano the things I used to tell you."

--~ Frederic Chopin
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2011 at 2:09am
It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

---Herbie Hancock
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2011 at 2:06am
Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat.
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—Carmen McRae
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2011 at 2:04am
"Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it".
--~ Steve Lacy
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 30, 2011 at 2:03am
-“Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain straight liar . . . You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.”

---Charlie Parker
 

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