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, Parlanto 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.
Jazz guitarist Andy Bianco was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He started studying jazz guitar with Joe Negri at age 17 and attended the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies, studying and performing with Nathan Davis and Mike Taylor as well as the Pitt Jazz Ensemble. Bianco went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with a degree in Performance. He has studied privately and/or in group settings with Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Tiger Okoshi, Wayne Krantz, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Nathan Davis, Joe Negri, Eric Susoeff, Tony Janflone Sr., Jimmy Ponder and Thomas Blobner. He has performed and/or recorded with Bob Moses, David Tronzo, Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin, Spider Rondinelli, Kenny Blake, Don Aliquo Sr. & Jr., Lou Schreiber, Jay Willis, George Jones, Robbie Klein, Mike Taylor, Paul Thompson, Mike Murray, Jacob Yoffee, Greg Humphries, M.A.J.I., Tony & Don DePaolis, Andrew Kirk, Nathan, Alex and Skip Peck, James Johnson III and has been a clinician at the Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar Sessions.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Jimmy Ponder, Roger Humphries and the R.H. Factor, Kenny Blake, Don Aliquo Sr. & Jr., Lou Schreiber, Joe Negri, Jay Willis, Eric Susoeff, Mark Lucas, Dave Throckmorton, Dwayne Dolphin, Azucar, Sean Jones, Mike Murray, Jacob Yoffee, the Peck family, Jeff Lashway, Tony DePaolis, Andrew Kirk, James Johnson III, Howie Alexander, George Jones, Greg Humpries, Paul Thompson, Jeff Grubbs, Poogie Bell, Reggie Watkins, Chris Hemingway, to name a few.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I am very grateful to my family for supporting me and I am very lucky to have been born and raised in a city with such a warm, vibrant, close knit jazz community as well as a rich musical history. I also take great pride in being a part of this wonderful jazz community. Thank You Pittsburgh!
I am quitting my job on December 11. If you can "hook me up" with a decent paying gig outside of the U.S. I'm interested. The China gig just wasn't enough "bread". C U around. Oh, I am performing at Little E's on Friday, Nov. 20. If you aren't busy, drop by and bring your axe.
Dude fur real. Dem Cellonies Rolls and Miracle whip wit chip ham is SO Good. I will be sure to get yin up ere to does some gigs n'at. Call me to come Daun burgh to play some jams!, I need to get some a dat Pasta Too Dude! fur real!
I have a jam session in New Kensington on March 25th from 8 to 12 and was wondering if you were available to play---$75.00. It would be myself, lary Mckluskey on drums and you. We will just be playing tunes and playing for whom ever stops in.
Get back to me as soon as possible. 412-973-1105
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB