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.
"Hey Dr. FUNK, I'm glad to hear from you. I know you are doing well. M y life is wonderful. I got married to a wonderful woman 9 months ago 6/14/08. We are relocating to Fayetteville N.C. in June of this year. I will be producing concerts and…"
Drums are one of my favorite instruments and most important in any music. I have played with some good drummers , in funk timekeeping was the name of the game. Jazz drummers have to be more musical and I was impressed the first time I heard you pay so much detail to the music without taking away from technique and other aspects of your instrument. At the time when I was younger. This is a wonderful venue I agree and the Lord will bless all whom nurture and use the gifts bestowed upon us. The main gift is LIFE- Kev
I heard David play in a progressive rock group at Benedum Hall in '78 and later in PITT's jazz ensemble. In '98 I heard you sing What's Goin' On in Buffalo Bob's on 5th and Highland ave. we talked for a while it was a nice evening. You asked me if I knew Greg Bufford and the Stevenson Twins. Of course Harrisburg is not that big and I grew up playing with those guys around two blocks in different directions!- Kevin Hurst
Now that the real David Moore has joined us we are really getting somewhere. :-) You have lots of old friends here that you can hook up with so have at it. If you need any help posting items, just send me a note, ok?
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