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.
SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX will perform in support of The Rare Form Band, playing JAZZ, BLUES, STANDARDS, R&B and of course 'OLDIES'. The vocalist for this performance is Ms. Kimberly Devine. Buddy Chase is at the Hammond B-3.This venue is open to the public for this event.See More
Tuesday nite Jam at D'Imperios featuring Dave Cremonese. Regular appearances by Frank Silverio, Judi Figel, Gail Macioce, sometimes appearances by Chismo Charles, Chris Pangikas, James Hovan and many other Pgh notables. C'mon out and bring your axe!
"Hi Bobby, It is Buddy Chase and Kimberly. Glad to here your still knocking them out of the park. Kimberly and I will attend 5-6-10. We will be looking forward to hearing you again.
Take care and keep that HAMMOND blowing and going.
Buddy Chase and…"
SOUTHSIDE JERRY, along with Bobby Reed-Organ, Mark Smith-Drums & Alice Richards-Vocalist, will perform JAZZ, BLUES and R&B every Thursday in The Harrigan Lounge @ The Holiday Inn, in Uniontown, PA. (700 W. Main St./Rte. 40 West)
"Hey Dr. Nelson, It's Buddy Chase, The Rare Form Band. Please call me I need some more info on this event. We may be able to play but I need some other info.
724 267 4800 home
724 344 1295 cell"
Come celebrate the holidays big band style!! Join The Tuesday Night Big Band for a special holiday concert at the Rhythm House Cafe on Sunday, December 20th from 7 to 10 pm. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Jazz Society. Featuring original, swinging arrangements from two of Pittsburgh's finest arrangers and directors.....Rich Mansfield & Joe Campus....and 17 of Pittsburgh's hottest jazz musicians!! Also featuring the sizzling vocals of one of Pittsburgh's favorite jazz vocalists LORI RUSSO! If…See More
I Play a Hammond B3 and Keyboards. I have 47 years seat time on a B3. 30 years on drums. I play almost all style of music and love most styles as well. I like to jam with good musicians that know their ax and is well rounded in all styles of music. I really love to hear Kimberly DeVine sing as I play for her.
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Thank you for the kind words indeed. I look forward to playing with you and just sitting back and doing some listening too! The Rare Form Band is the show! Hey don't bother bringing your bass amp for your left hand, feel free to use my amp again. Take care, see you Saturday...