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.
April 14, 2012 at 7:30pm to April 15, 2012 at 12:30am
SATURDAY NIGHT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DATE NIGHT. SO WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING NEW, DIFFERENT AND EXCITING. COME AND ENJOY A EVENING OF GREAT FOOD AND FANTASTIC MUSIC AT LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB AND RESTAURANT. PLEASE COME JOIN US -- NOVEMBER 16, 2013 -- LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB IS PROUD TO BRING BACK TO THE STAGE --- ONE OF OUR FAVORITES..."VELVET HEAT"THE HOTTEST NIGHT IN MUSIC..COME AND ENJOY 5 YEARS OF LIVE JAZZ IN PITTSBURGH!! CALL FOR RESERVATIONS. SEATING FOR DINNER BEGINS AT 7:30PM, SHOWTIME AT…See More
The Blues Orphans resume a regular monthly schedule at the Penn Brewery. Please come and help us celebrate one of Pittsburgh's favorite bands and favorite restaurants and bring your friends. We have lots of new material and are preparing for another CD.
Jazz Night Just Got Better!...AVA Lounge, 126 S. Highland Ave. in East Liberty, has a jazzy new happy hour.. Swing through early (5:30-8:30 pm) each week and enjoy the jazzy, pre-Interval, sounds of DJ Stephan of the Pittsburgh Courier with Megan Y serving the cocktails. Drink and food specials. The one and only DJ Jay Malls takes over the wheels at 8:30 and the Howie Alexander Trio hits the stage around 9:30 for the best live jazz jam session in the city until close. No cover!
Kente Arts Alliance presents The Color of Strings: A Concert Tribute to Ray Brown on Saturday October 9th, 8 PM at The New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, on Pittsburgh's Northside. The performance will feature three of today’s hottest bassists: Dwayne Dolphin, Jeff Grubb and Curtis Lundy. Thomas Wendt (drums) and Dave Budway (piano) will round out the quintet.Tickets available at www.proartstickets.org. For more information, visit…See More
JUST IN...Vocal Jam Session Every Monday Night in the Burgh @ Hambones on Butler Street in Lawrenceville! Singers spread the word...this is a session designed for you! Come out and shed some tunes, bring your friends to one of Lawrenceville's oldest neighborhood food/bar establishments. Hambone's welcomes us with open arms. Come out each Monday in October 4, 11,18,25 from 7-10pm. Daniel May on Piano, and Jeff Grubbs on Bass!
New trio to perform originals and traditionals at the Engine House. Three natives of the Pittsburgh Jazz tradition showcase examples from the heyday to the newday of the Land of the Giant Killers. Composer/lyricist Dr. Nelson Harrison in a rare public appearance reunites with stablemate Art Nance (tenor sax) and the versatile keyboard wizard, Howie Alexander to take you on a musical journey to the real side.See More