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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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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ELLA FITZGERALD CENTENNIAL on April 25, 2017

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Ja…

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Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

February 20, 20175:34 PM ET Otis Hart Guitarist Larry Coryell recorded or appeared on more than 100 albums during a jazz career t…

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Obituary: Fannetta Nelson Gordon / Prodigious musician, educator who overcame racial barriers

Obituary: Fannetta Nelson Gordon / Prodigious musician, educator who overcame racial barriers Nov. 29, 1919 - Aug. 19, 2008 September 24, 2…

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ELLA FITZGERALD CENTENNIAL on April 25, 2017

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Ja…

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Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86

Horace Parlan, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 86 By PETER KEEPNEWSMARCH 1, 2017 Continue reading the main story  Photo Horace Parlan, shown in 1…

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Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76 Matt Schudel, The Washington Post February 12, 2017 Updated: February 12, 2017 10:…

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Clyde Stubblefield dies

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Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

February 20, 20175:34 PM ET Otis Hart Guitarist Larry Coryell recorded or appeared on more than 100 albums during a jazz career t…

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Obituary: Fannetta Nelson Gordon / Prodigious musician, educator who overcame racial barriers

Obituary: Fannetta Nelson Gordon / Prodigious musician, educator who overcame racial barriers Nov. 29, 1919 - Aug. 19, 2008 September 24, 2…

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Obituary: Charles 'Chuck' Austin / Jazz trumpet great helped preserve history

May 29, 2012 8:25 am 1inShare By Steve Twedt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A June 23 ceremony to commemorate the contributions of local A…

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Chuck Stewart, Jazz Photographer, Dies at 89; You’ve Seen His Album Covers

By RICHARD SANDOMIR JAN. 27, 2017 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Photo Chuck Stewart created an archive of some 800,000…

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Obituary: Ronald “Bingo” Mundy / An original member of The Marcels

Obituary: Ronald “Bingo” Mundy / An original member of The Marcels April 20, 1940-Jan. 20, 2017 January 24, 2017 10:47 AM The Marcel…

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Nat Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91

N.Y. / Region Nat Hentoff, Journalist and Social Commentator, Dies at 91 By ROBERT D. McFADDENJAN. 7, 2017   Photo Nat Hentoff in 2009.…

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