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.
Ken Karsh, Nelson Harrison, Eric Kloss, Howie Alexander, Marva Josie, George Benson, Jimmy Ponder, Dwayne Dolphin, Eric Suseoff, Tony DePaolis, Mark Perna, Tom Wendt, Dave Throckmorton, Alex Peck, Roby Supersax Edwards, Kenny Blake, Paul Thompson, Sean Jones...and I'm just getting to know Pittsburgh and its rich jazz heritage!
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Used to be WDUQ
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
CJ's on the Strip
Pittsburgh Jazz Society at Three Rivers
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Martin does research on Science, Technology and Culture: Theories of Time; Complexity Theory in physics and cognitive science, Art, Music, Literature, Philosophy and Politics: Poincare and Bergson, Duchamp and the emergence of emergence; Duchamp and Dada; the History of Jazz; Jazz and cognition; Embodiment and Distributed Cognition; Chess and Go; the scientific epistemological foundations of fascism; Thomas Pynchon; Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Sam Shepard; Kiki Smith, Arakawa and Gins, Pilobolus, The Pulsa Group, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; Henri Atlan & Ilya Prigogine, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, Jean Petitot, and Edwin Hutchins. Here is a 2006 NSF Conference website in honor of Peter Galison's Concept of "Trading Zones, " with samples of Martin's published work: http://bart.tcc.virginia.edu/tradzoneworkshop/papers.htm
With Jondi Keane of Griffith University, Brisbane AU, Martin co-directed the first completely digital global academic conference:
AG3-Online: The Third International Arakawa and Gins: Architecture and Philosophy Conference,
which ran from March 12-26, 2010 with concluding celebrations at Barnard College April 30, and at The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, May 1, where Martin gave the inaugural keynote.
See the conference website: http://ag3.griffith.edu.au
Martin has given a number of invited lectures and conference plenaries internationally, including: Universidade de Sao Paolo (1999 and 2000); University of Bergen, Norway (1998); Trent University Ontario CA, (2005); University of Cologne, Germany (2009); University of Warwick, GB (1994); Free University of Brussels--Flemish (2000); The Sense Lab, Concordia University, Montreal (2010); as well as in the US, at Harvard University (1999); Art Institute of Chicago: E. Kac's Biology and Art Seminar (1999); Texas Tech University (2X) (1998 and 2001); Center for Nano-Technology and Society and the NSF, ASU (2006); Arlington Arts Center DC (2010); Slought Foundation, U. Pennsylvania (2008); and many other places.
Originally trained at the Berklee College of Music (1974-6) in composition, arranging and guitar performance, Martin has recently returned to performing and composing jazz in the Pittsburgh area, to complement his current scholarship on jazz and emergence.