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.
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As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories. Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.
February 2, 2010 at 9pm to February 3, 2010 at 1am
Friends, I'll be back on the "wheels" Feb. 2 at Kelly's, 6012, Penn Circle South in East Liberty from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nothing but funk, soul & jazz pre-1978.At Kelly's Bar and Lounge in East Liberty, art deco and 1950s chic combine to form a modern, hip feel. Mixed with a soundtrack so diverse that clients are just as likely to hear Parliament Funkadelic as they are Fear Factory, Kelly's has developed a reputation as one of the city's unexpected gems.As a group walks in ready for DJ…See More
It was great meeting you in person last night. Please feel free to use your page to express yourself on any subject or post you see here. Also you can star discussions and post events, etc to you heart's content. e.g. you could post…"
"What's up, cuz? You might want to check out the New Pittsburgh Courier website. We try to feature jazz on the regular and every now and then we allow Kevin Amos to contribute. The web address is "www.newpittsburghcourier.com" Stop by,…"
I have been asked to come back to April's on the Avenue to host another Jazz Fan Appreciation Party during the weekly jam session on Saturday's.We had a great time as you can see from some of the pictures I posted and if you missed out last outing, don't miss this one ok?We have picked up additional sponsors this time with the participation of Nu-Groove Records and The Ultimate Beauty Spa. They will join our sponsors from the last event in providing a great time for all.This time out we have…See More
Mark the Date: April 13th B-PEP will hold the 4th annual Jazz Marathon at the Holiday Inn Oakland....six (6) hours of Jazz featuring Pittsburgh's top name in Jazz.The Host Bands................ROGER HUMPHRIES & THE RH FACTORw/Joe Badaczeuski, Tony Depolis, Roger, Alton Merrell & Lou SrelluteandTHE TIM STEVENS PROJECTw/ Kenny Blake, Luther DeJarunett, Tim Jenkins, Tim, Vince Taglieri & Virgil WaltersHost Emceetony Mowod, WDUQ Radio founder, Pittsburgh Jazz SocietyWith a number of…See More
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