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.
The Penn Hills Jazz AllStars featuring Hosea Taylor will be performing on Saturday, July 24 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM at the William Anderson Library located at Saltsburg and Stotler Roads in Penn Hills. The performance is free and is part of the Penn Hills Arts Festival.
Enjoy dining and dancing at its finest with the House of Soul Band.Join us @ the Wheelhouse Club @Rivers Casino.A great opportunity to relax and enjoy wonderful and livelySoul music of the 70's and 80's.H.O.S.BandSee More
Musician, recording artist, and author Hosea Taylor will be hosting a screening of the Jazz Icons DVD series: Coleman Hawkins Music '62 & '64. The event is FREE and the public in invited to attend. Mr. Taylor's book, DIRT STREET, chronicles his early life as a musician in Pittsburgh and is available for check out in the library.See More
"Thank you again Betty for attending the concert.I am pleased that you enjoyed the concert selections and appreciate your compliments.I think you have an idea when you recommend a CD for the group.I will consider that seriously.Please join me at the…"
"Just starting to enjoy your cd; "Satin Doll" is a hit with me for sure, will comment later on the others. But I have to say your live performances this weekend were such a delight. I was excited after your presentation Saturday at the Penn…"
Enjoy the sounds of Ellington,Jobin,Lester Young,Coltrane and other composers as the Cross Culture Jazz Ensemble performs in Concert@East Liberty Lutheran Church.Members include Calvin Stemley -saxes,Sunny Sakai-piano,Dan Wasson-Bass and Ben Pattock-Drums.Donations are welcomed as this concert will be a fund- raiser for the church.Calvin Stemley will also donate a portion of the proceeds from his new cd "Now and Then" to the church for any Cds sold.Please join us.Calvin StemleyFounder of Cross…See More
April 23, 2010 at 9:30pm to April 24, 2010 at 1:30am
House of Soul Band invites you to party with us @ theWheelhouse Club in the Rivers Casino.Enjoy the sounds of the 70's and 80's R&B,SOUL and FUNK music.We look forward to seeing ALL of you there.Calvin StemleySee More
Enjoy a DVDpresentation and lecture of Dexter Gordon in a European performance of the great tenor saxophonist.There will be dialogue of aspects of his style,major influences and his contributions to the jazz tenor sound.See More
Berlin International Group, Code Whiskey and FATE Lounge present “Come Together” Pittsburgh Music 4 Haiti.When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010 6pm-until Music Begins at 8pmWhere: Pittsburgh’s Newest Upscale Night Club/Ultra Lounge; FATE 1650 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222 412.918.1753 email@example.comCost: $10 at the DoorAll Artists are donating their time and talents to raise money for the ongoing needs of the Haitian Relief effort.Hosted by Victoria Berdnik and Aki Jamal Durham…See More
Thank you again Betty for attending the concert.I am pleased that you enjoyed the concert selections and appreciate your compliments.I think you have an idea when you recommend a CD for the group.I will consider that seriously.Please join me at the next Jazz event with another group that I am a part of called Southern Comfort.We play Thursday April 22nd at Blue Club in Allison Park.Check out the website address www.southerncomfortband.us for directions.Hope to see you soon.
We are so glad to have another long time jazz fan among our members. Your comments will be of interest to the new jazz fans. We want everyone to get hooked on jazz like we were. As our community builds we hope to get our jazz festival back. Helo us by inviting some of your friends to join as well. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.
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