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.
My Band the "Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet" will be playing at NOLA ON THE SQUARE on Wednesday May 15th from 8pm till 11pm, featuring Tim Jenkins on Piano, Vince Taglieri on Drums,Bob Insco on Bass,myself Roger Barbour on Trumpet and Fluegelhorn, and dynamic blues singer Barbara Ray on Vocals. Hope to see you all there. "We be jammin"See More
Roger Barbour Jazz Trio will be playing at the beautiful "Cafe Notte" Restaurant and Nightclub located in Emsworth Pa on Saturday April 20th at 8pm featuring Tim Jenkins on Keyboard, Vince Taglieri on drums, Myself Roger Barbour on trumpet and Fluegelhorn, and featuring on vocals the dynamic blues singer Barbara Ray ( Ms "B" ) great food,atmosphere, and musicSee More
LIVE BLUES FEATURING: VINCE AGWADA FROM THE CHICAGO BLUES FRONT LINE, THE DANETTES SINGING TOP MOTOWN HITS **HOSTED BY: MUDDY KREEK BLUES BAND, MCEE'S MIKE CANTON OF WYEP-FM SOUL SHOW & WRET WEATHERSPOON WYEP-FM BIG TOWN BLUES SHOW. ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE 501C3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONSee More
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet will be playing at NOLA ON THE SQUARE on Wednesday March 20th featuring Mark Strickland on Piano, Kevin Barefoot on Bass, Vince Taglieri on Drums, Myself Roger Barbour on Trumpet and Fleugelhorn, and also featuring the dynamic Blues vocalist Barbara Ray See More
My band will be back again at the PGH SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE located in Motel 6 (formerly the Comfort Inn) located at 2898 Banksville Rd for a pre-Valentines day show on Friday Feb 8th Also appearing that night with me will be dynamic Blues vocalist Barbara Ray(Ms "B") Tim Jenkins on piano and Vince Taglieri on drums $8 adm Let's help new jazz venue suceedSee More
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet playing at NOLA ON THE SQUARE on Saturday December 15th at 8pm featuring Mark Strickland on Piano and Guitar, Bob Insco on Bass and vocals, Vince Taglieri on drums, myself Roger Barbour on trumpet and Fluegelhorn. Also featured with the band will be dynamic blues vocalist Barbara Ray (Ms "B") We be "Jammin"See More
November 30, 2012 at 9pm to December 1, 2012 at 12am
Come out and join Ms. B and the guys on Friday, November 30th from 9-12 at "99 Bottles", 1001 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106, (412) 458-3540http://99bottlespittsburgh.com/live-music/ Ms. B will be joined by Keith Starling (bass & vocals), Roger Casperson (sax), Ken Lamison (guitar) and Fox (drums). For info on future appearances or booking Barbara Ray & the StingRays: 412-969-1634 email@example.com…See More
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet playing at Nola in the Square on Saturday November 10th from 8pm till 11pm featuring Mark Strickland on piano, Bob Insco on bass, Vince Taglieri on drums, myself Roger Barbour on trumpet and Fleugelhorn and blues singer Barbara Ray on vocals. W'ell be jammin" Hope to see you thereSee More
October 20, 2012 at 8pm to October 21, 2012 at 12am
Saturday October 20, 2012…Come and join Ms. B and the guys…performing for the first time at Cent’Anni’s Italian Resturant & Entertainment Venue, 2500 W. Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 (Old CarHops). Ms. B will be joined by Keith Starling (bass & vocals), Dr Fox (drums), Ken Lamison (guitar) and Roger Casperson (sax).For info on future appearances or booking Barbara Ray & the StingRays:412-969-1634 , email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on Facebook at:…See More
It was great seeing you .. come out to the R-Bar Wednesday 10th in Dormont West Liberty Avenue - we're there from 8pm-10pm. On Saturday 13th - Westend Cafe.. from 8:30pm-11:30pm. We're peforming &…"
September 29, 2012 at 8pm to September 30, 2012 at 12pm
Come out Saturday September 29th, 2012 from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM to "99 Bottles" located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106 -http://99bottlespittsburgh.com/Ms B will be joined by Ken Lamison on guitar, Dr. Fox on drums, Roger Casperson on sax and Keith Starling on bass. - http://facebook.com/BarbRayandStingRaysBand will be performing on the patio...weather permitting.For info on future…See More
"Really.. that's great! As soon as I saw Farrell - I thought of him he was such a nice man. It was because of him I started peforming - he took time to mentor me. Another (late) friend of mine - we sang on one of…"
Thank you! Barbara for thinking of me again, sorry I could not make as my daughter had a graduation ceremony that weekend but please keep me posted of your events so that I can check you out in the future!