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THE STRONG CARD

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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    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

With regrets and condolences to the family and the entire jazz community we announce the passing of our dear Donna Davis after a long battle for her health.  She played almost up until the last day.

 

 

 

DETAILS ON THE HOMEGOING

FOR

Pianist DONNA DAVIS

“The High Priestess of the Keyboards”

 

 

VIEWING:  Sunday, November 1, 2015, 4 pm – 8 pm

LAW Funeral Home, 9406 Frankstown Rd, 15235

412-241-4943

 

FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 2, 2015

11:00 am, LAW Funeral Home

 

REPAST:  AFRO AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE

7131 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

412-241-6775

 

 

There will also be a MUSIC TRIBUTE TO DONNA DAVIS/ FUNDRAISER

On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH – Second Floor, James Street Restaurant

8:00 pm

(James Street & Foreland, 15212)

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TO

 Donna’s devoted mom, Mary Davis, 7142 Apple Avenue, Pgh. PA 15206

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What a beautiful musician and person. Her spirit was quiet and playing spoke out. I will miss her but    keep her in my heart. I pray God through Jesus Christ will grant her peace.

A talent like no other. Donna will be missed but never forgotten. It will be an honor to honor this angel.

The music world will miss her as will I. She is a strong player and our positive memories will live on. Godspeed DD!

Barry Boyd (wish I could be there)

Donna's inspirational spirit glowed so easily when she let her fingers glide across any keyboard. She is another inspirational Pittsburgher Playing in Heaven Right Now!! Love spread on Earth as well as Heaven. Sincerely Dr B 

Rest In Peace Dear Donna - Your talent as a musician was enjoyed by so many and the beauty of your soul will be remembered forever.  Prayers for you and your family.

My deepest sympathy to Donna's mother. I am glad I had the opportunity to perform with her.  She will be deeply missed by many.

With heartfelt sincerity,

Cecil Washington

Donna Davis still inspires us all to feel, hear and know the positive expression of life through the melodic expression of joy through music: especially Jazz! sincerely Dr B and PittsburghJAM.org

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