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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, Parlan to 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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I often perform some form of jazz and have been able to bring a few jazz groups to Pittsburgh from elsewhere. I usually perform with baritone saxophonist Brandon Masterman, guitarist Daryl Fleming, bassist Tracy Mortimore, percussonist Owl Barns, among others. I also play in tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's HiTEC, a 20+ ensemble that performs systems of free improvisation.

I have brought the following acts to Pittsburgh: Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Stein's Locksmith Isadore, Jack Wright, Chicago Luzerne Exchange, Tim Barnes, Mattin, and Masul.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Ben Opie, OPEK, drugdealer, Michael Johnsen, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, Pairdown, Michael Pestle,
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WRCT 88.3
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In Tent Series at PCA, Radical Riffs series at Wood Street Galleries (curated by Eden McNutt), Garfield Artworks
About Me:
Pittsburgh-born producer, musician, and artist David Bernabo continually ventures into new ground. This past year, he produced half of the soundtrack to Nintendo WiiWare’s Critter Round-Up, one of nine introductory WiiWare games released in Japan and the U.S. David has also readied two new releases for Sort Of Records. The teaser Mahler Box combines alternate studio takes, remixes, and orchestral work. Coming on the heels of Mahler Box is Happener-Magicker, a record two years in the making, combining a heightened sense of urgency with a more intricate composition base, not to mention the 25-piece Assembly band!

The more diverse sounds found on the new recordings might have some roots in David production work. In the past year, David has engineered records for the chamber ensemble Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the gothic folk band Boca Chica, the skewed pop of Flotilla Way and Harangue, and the beautiful acoustic pickin’ of Daryl Fleming. On the playing side, David performs with his rock band, Assembly, Daryl Fleming’s Blockhouse Band, and filmmaker tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE’s new game-piece ensemble HiTEC. Improvisation has played an increase role with regular ripping sessions with Brandon Masterman and Tracy Mortimore, and the odd encounter with Fred Lonberg-Holm.
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Looking for solo participants for the Close-Up video series

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

Hi All,

For The Glassblock, I am filming solo performers playing two short pieces (1-5 minutes) for a series called Close-Up. The series places two cameras and a two mics in front of a performer to capture the performance.

Here's an example with Alejandro Pinzon.

The series…


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