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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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       In Her Own Words
What they're playin today, in great measure, just aint jazz. Players are "schooled"...technically sound...but yuh cant teach :heart". Lessen the emphasis on who can play the most notes. Get back to playin THE SONG! Interpret? Yes...but dont stray too far. Scales and runs, all over the place, "til you get lost in technique! Dig Evans, Jarrett, Tardot Hammer, Peterson, Flannagan, Kelly, Tatum...and yeah, even that liattle guy who sat on a telephone book and hummed, as he played...from Pgh (just forgot his name...It'll come in a minute or two). Here, in Pgh??? Joe Dallas, Susoeff, DeFade, Humphries, Wilson Tomara, Sean Jones, Joe Negri, Damico, Dolphin and Walters and, there are a dozen more, but, not many places to gig. People dont take the time to LISTEN!! Im afraid OUR MUSIC, has seen its best day...hope I'm wrong...but I think not!
Donny C

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Man, I forgota Mobley and "Trane, and Chet Baker and Miles . Im startin' to bore...enough for now. Just get back to the "MASTERS"
I agree with you 100% . listen to the basics . get in the pocket. It is not how fast you can play. It 's what comes from the soul.
The name is Earl Garner, Donny!
thats right..garner.  the guy could play.  i was diggin ray Charles...singin merry Christmas, Mama.  Just a plain 3 chord blues.  Of course he filled in the chromatics..but stioll very basic.  I consider Ray damned near "genius".  I must have listened to this simple rendition o, maybe 7 or 8 times.  i couldnt stop.  just sat at the computer (jazzonthetube) and enjoyed every minute.  now, I dig Stevie Wonder...who must have listened to Charles a whole bunch....but it was Charles who set the whole thing up.  Talk about "swing" charles could do a funeral dirge..and swing his can off..Another truly great is Joe Williams..Ive seen Williams a couple time in Vegas and Chicago.  Big band or trio...he just took over.  Not just up tempo blues..he could get inside a well.  Yeah, im anchored somewhat in the past..because those guys (and girls like McCrea) just got inside the tune.  The younger singers "of today", cant even do the natl anthemn straight!  All those ups and down and slurs and histrionics..thats what it is...histrionics.  Just sing the damned anthemn to bottom and....out!   An excellent idea..."out" Im out, before I begin to bore you. Donny


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