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.
Present Arts Education Music Coach for the Pittsburgh Public Schools 2010
Music Educator/District Liason for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Saturday Centers for the Musically Talented
Former Instrumental Music Director/ Schenley High School 1994-2007
Former Instrumental Itinerant/ Carmalt K-8, Montessori Pre K-8 and Stevens K-8 2007-2010
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Ralph Guzzi, Curtis Johnson, Sean Jones,Dwayne Dolphin, Eric DeFade, Don Aliquo, Don Aliquo Jr., Paul Thompson, Jamie Moore, Dale Hertrick, Lora Hertrick, Evan Hertrick, Chuck Austin, Les Dean, Les Dean Jr., Andy Yalch, Marino Galluzo, Jim German, Carl Iezzi, Mike Thorsen, Leon Boykins, Claude Flowers III, Peter Brewton, Maureen Budway, Dave Budway, Kenny Karsh, Reggie Watkins, James (Buster) Altson, Nelson Harrison, Lori Russo, Tom Wendt, H.B. Bennett, Sandy Staley, John Schmidt, Kevin McManus, Nathan Davis, Bill Carmichael, The Inskos, The Priories, Carl Jackson....(more to be added later)
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Anything at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. I really miss the Balcony. It was the best...it truly was. Great music, great acoustics, great food (nobody else has that baked brie, roasted peppers and roasted garlic cluster with foccocia bread anywhere!!) And who can ever forget the Balcony Big Band? They knew how to take away the Monday Blues.
I Love Jazz.I Love World Music.I I enjoy and take pride in being a music educator for the youth in our city schools. And I truly enjoy being in the company of the phenomenal jazz musicians of our beautiful and talented Pittsburgh.
Artist or Fan
artist, fan, student
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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
It's good to see your still active in the music industry.
Things are going really well with me.
Being Artistic Director of Jazz Workshop, Inc. is humbling and challenging but enjoyable. I've adjusted to the position and I had a great school year in 2007-2008.
Since I last saw you I've played with a lot of heavyweight jazz cats like Roy Hargrove, Jason Jackson, Terence Blanchard, Sean Jones, Duane Dolphin, Jeff Grubbs, Tony Campbell, etc.
I also play at St. Paul's Cathedral, and play with musical groups like Special Company, Puttin' On The Ritz Big Band, and Brass Impact.
I'd love to hang out with you sometime.
Also, I'm doing a Jazz Workshop, Inc. Big band Concert on Aug. 26th from 6 PM - 7:30 PM at the Wikinsburg Parklet.
Come check us out!
Artistic Director/ Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
Your presence on the network is quite important. not only have you done fine work with the youth in the public schools, esp. at the mighty Schenley, but you are evidence that women can be great horn players. We welcome you and hope to see you at Ava Lounge on Mondays between 8:30 pm and midnight where many PJN members gather and enjoy the musical atmosphere maintained by Howie Alexander and his trio with surprise guests sitting in every week.
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