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.
Dr. Otto Gomez already well known in Orlando, is a member of the jazzinorlando.com community. As an accomplished musician, Dr. Otto is also a producer and arranger. His complex arrangements clearly standout and rise above the norm. His knack for teaching musicians, elementary and advanced, has always been a highlight of his ongoing career. The formulation of the colors of music and the correct execution of the same, is what separates him from the rest. Dr. Otto earned his Masters in Music Arranging and Composition at Brooklyn College, before going on to earn a Doctorate in arranging and composition from The Manhattan Conservatory of Music. His musical experience is equally impressive with many performances as a studio musician for CBS where he worked with Donnie Hathaway, Latimore Brown and Roberta Flack. His has also toured with Stevie Wonder and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes: Composed, conducted and produced the soundtrack to the Daytona spring break movie Girls, Girls, Girls; produced award winning radio commercials, as well as presiding over many recordings and Musical Productions. With his band now established, his attention to detail, flair for Arranging, and consideration for his audience, Dr. Otto continues to transform listeners into fans.
Love your music and trumpet playing. Your resume is well supported by your presented samples. We are happy to know about you. There are many trumpet lovers here and you will transform many of our members into fans as you have done for me. We look forward to sharing many delightful musical experiences with you. Thank you for joining.