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.
"Hats off to Mr. Chizmo Charles.. loved by so many. I recall being new on the scene as a singer ... I asked him for advice. And his reply to me was "keep on doing what you're doing" he then asked me -- "do…"
Why don't you come out to Cioppino Restaurant Saturday March 15th.
Strip District at Railroad and 23rd Street. Time is 7pm until 11pm. We always have a great time there jamming with Roger Barbour Jazz Band. But…"
Hello once again jazz fans. This week we will be playing at Cioppino's Restaurant in the Strip District, which is one of my favorite spots. With me will be Tim Jenkins on keyboard, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin Barefoot on bass and Barbara Ray (Ms "B") on vocals along with other jazz musicians and vocalists with occasionally drop in. Hope to see you all there. RogerSee More
Hi Folks, Thanks again for supporting my band the "Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet' last Saturday at Cioppino's in the Strip District. House was packed again & had a great time We'll be there again this Saturday( November 16th) featuring Tim Jenkins on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin Barefoot on bass, myself Roger on trumpet & Barbara Ray "Ms "B" (vocals)See More
"We had a great time last time and looking forward to it being even better ... Cioppino - 2350 Railroad St - PA 15222 Saturday, November 9th - 7pm until 11pm .. No Cover Charge. Come on out .. we will be jamming.""
Hi Jazz Friends, Thanks for coming out to support me at Cioppino's Restaurant last week. Had a great gig and owners booked us again for Nov 9th Show stsrts at 7pm and we will be jammin" again up till 11pm With me will be Tim Jenkins on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin Barefoot on bass, and dynamic soul and pop singer Barbara Ray (Ms "B" on vocalsSee More
Hi Jazz Fans, Join us this Saturday, October 19th as we perform for the first at a beautiful restaurant called "Cioppino" located in the strip district. Tim Jenkins will be on piano, Kevin Barefoot on bass,Vince Taglieri on drums, myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn, and dynamic blues and pop singer Barbara Ray "Ms "B" on vocals. We'll be jammin" 7pm till 11pmSee More
""Ms. BB and me Ms. B are now sweet memories ... along with Rob.
Fox and Keith are still with me. Roger Casperson plays Sax with us and Ken Lamison on guitar. As time goes on .. that will be our song -- "We A Long…"
"Thanks for the comment Ms Barbara Ray ( my blues Lady) , we had a good time and saw folks we had not seen in awhile. My friend who gave me the gig 's mom was in town from LA, we went to the first grade together. She is Japanese and taught us…"
"Thanks for the encouraging words Barb. Actuall I had a gig in Harrisburg at a longtime friend /[ former musician bandmate's ]sister and husbands restaurant. They prefer soft 'dinner' music but wanted us to 'turn it out' LOL.…"
Join us at CAFE NOTTE in Emsworth on Saturday August 17th. I will be using my Jazz trio featuring Tim Jenkins on Piano, Vince Taglieri, Myself Roger Barbour on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, and the dynamic blues and pop singer Barbara Ray on vocals. Also musician friends are always welcome to come and set in on a song or two. See you thereSee More
Thanks for the comment Ms Barbara Ray ( my blues Lady) , we had a good time and saw folks we had not seen in awhile. My friend who gave me the gig 's mom was in town from LA, we went to the first grade together. She is Japanese and taught us much about respect by examples , her family sacrificed the most for us to play in a band when I grew up. We played very well and the interplay was amongst neighborhood friends and was very much welcomed. I thought I would be kinda rusty as I have not played or sat in since early 2012 in Pittsburgh. Definitely miss the Pittsburgh scene but I will be back, I did get deep enough LOL- kev
Thanks for the encouraging words Barb. Actuall I had a gig in Harrisburg at a longtime friend /[ former musician bandmate's ]sister and husbands restaurant. They prefer soft 'dinner' music but wanted us to 'turn it out' LOL. I used another longtime associate Hasid Stevenson who is a virtuoso jazz guitarist but playes many styles. he played mainly keyboard and some guitar with his own soundtracts. His twin brother Burnie showed up and played killer bass lines solos and we took it up a notch as I mainly play jazz and blues. This same triumvirate has been playing together since high school ( 40 years) but not as much the last twenty years or so just sitting in with them as they have their own thing. Would love to bring them to Pittsburgh, Burnie has played there and loved it. Still waiting for that full time job in Pgh to come through.- kev
Yeah Barb I had tried to get to that vocal jam @ Lawrenceville for some time. I am working in Harrisburg since June and await something full time to materialize in Pittsburgh or Harrisburg. Some part timethings have come up and I have some opportunities to play my own limited gig in Harrisburg. Glad to here about the new family addition and from you in general. Take care , I am OK and plan to be back in Pittsburgh - love you sister- kev
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!