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.
Douglas J is an artist not trained by conventional means. He has not attended an art school nor has he trained with an instructor, but inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. Douglas uses his gift in different mediums and has the ability to see beyond natural limited vision. He works with soft pastels on board and the results are astounding. Another medium that he creates beautiful images in is colored pencils. These images seem to speak to the very heart and spirit of those that view his work. You will see that this is not just a picture drawn by an artist, but that this is truly a gift from the Masters Hand.
Douglas is very detailed in the things that he is able to create. As an artist, he has created illustrations, designs and drawings for many individual and corporate clients. You can see that he is a jazz lover. His uncle played the saxophone in the Old Crawford Grill days in Pittsburgh Pa. and his father played the guitar. This is why he has a love of jazz. What he cannot do with a musical instrument, he makes up for in creating illustrations of jazz musicians and other scenes with soft pastels.
Douglas has exhibited with the Women of Vision show, “Striving: Contemporary African American of Pittsburgh” at the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, the CAPA Gallery at the Creative and Performing Arts School in the Pittsburgh Cultural District and other galleries in the surrounding region.
Look for many explosive, refreshing, and exciting inspired original treasures to come from his hands. He is truly gifted and anointed of God.
So please if you have something in mind let him know. He will add a new piece every month, as time will permit. All art is copy written and is represented by Bezaleel Studio. Thank you for stopping by. Much PEACE AND LOVE.
Hello Family and Friends I want to let everyone know that I am selling hand signed prints of President Obama titled; "And It Shall Come To Pass", at 50% off of the original price of $100.00, during this holiday season, throughout Black History month.The size of the print is 19"x23" including the border. Own a piece of t...he history that was made November 4th 2008. Purchase a print for yourself or give as gifts to parents, grandparents and those who lived through and experienced the Civil Rights Movement. To place your order today contact me at; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-661-1322. Do not let this opportunity pass you by, quantities are limited. Have a blessed holiday season. DouglasJ
Douglas-Happy New Year to you. The painting on your page is wonderful. Are these the paintings you told me of, for the calendar? How is that going? Give me call at the office. ;)
Hope all is well.
Your art is outstanding and we are so happy to have you join our online community. There are other fine artists here as well and we appreciate your contributions to making our world a more beautiful place. Thank you for joining.
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