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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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Comment by Dan Wasson on April 10, 2008 at 6:38am
Yes! "Killer Joe"!
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 10, 2008 at 4:20am
The Pittsburgh Living Legend Series for the month of April at the Cabaret Theatre got off to a great start with the Joe Harris Quintet featuring Dr. James Johnson - piano, Jeff Grubbs - bass, Sean Jones - trumpet and Carolyn Perteete - vocal. It began with and edutainment-lecture-demonstration by "The Drummer Man" by Joe in his inimitable style and took off from there as he added the members into the mix. Joe set a high standard for those of us who must follow in later weeks. At 81 years Joe is still in peak form as was evident by the awestruck and pleased expressions on the faces of the drummers present like Roger Humphries and Janelle Burdell. He's still "Killer Joe" without a doubt.
Comment by benny benack on March 28, 2008 at 3:05am
just got home from MCG concert w/ ASIAN AMERICAN ENSEMBLE and MONTY ALEXANDER. Don't let the title confuse into thinking MONTY plays with the ASIAN AMERICAN ensemble. They are two distinct acts and 2 distinct halves of the show. All I can say is MONTY's trio made it worth sitting thru the first half of the concert. Don't get me wrong...I respect what they were doing, and there was some fine musicianship, but it was not my bag. MONTY on the other hand was groovon' the whole set, and his trio was tight.

For $45, me and the half full house would have rather seen MONTY do the whole night.

But that's just my opinion, I may be wrong!
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 23, 2008 at 7:19pm
Stay tuned for more entertainment at the Omni - mark your calendars for Friday April 18 with vocalist Spanky Wilson!

Enjoy a 3-course gourmet meal from the jazz night menu in the classiest setting in downtown Pittsburgh. Call the Terrace Room at 412-553-5235 to jazz up your weekend!
 

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