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.
It's always been a pleasure working and jammin' with you throughout the last several years.
I'm writing to you in regards to finding a bass student to do an internship at Jazz Workshop, Inc.
Jazz Workshop, Inc. meets every Saturday from 12 PM to 4:30 PM at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood on the Lower Level starting this Saturday, September 11th.
If you could get back to me ASAP that would be great.
Also, I'd like to be on any of your mailing lists too about any upcoming events you have.
In addition, thanks for those encouraging words about my job at the Jazz Workshop, Inc.
It's been a thrilling experience.
This is my 6th year as Artistic Director.
And if you know of any rhythm section and horn section players lookin' for a place to play every week, we have a JWS Jazz Ensemble that meets every week at CLPGH-Homewood Auditorium from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Take care and keep swingin'.
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
What's up Dwayne Dolphin. I see you still on that bass. That's wonderful, you always had talent. Jazzy and Soulful. I still do drums on the secular tip; and some bass on the Gospel tip. Life is good. I'm in Augusta, Ga. now, but I still do the Burgh about once a year, when the weather "Breaks." Not good with snow and ice no more. Tell your big bruh i said hello. I assume he's still on the six strings. He was a badd boyy too. And tell Mark Southers i said what's up. Reach me at email@example.com --- PEACE
Thanks for comment on the ageless Sammy Banks! We in Harrisburg think him as a living treasure. The Stevenson Twins, Ronnie Waters, and myself consider him family and we are all connected . My uncle Ditty Potter, the twins uncle Muddy Waters( Charles Lumpkins' father), Art Davis, John Brown, all played together. Sammy is the only one left! Ronnie ran with swift company as a teenager. I was fortunate to run into Ronnie hanging around the Stevensons in high school. I heard Sam before them all!- kh
After years of hiding the fact that the love is gone, the last child moved
out of the house and Mom and Dad announced they are getting a divorce.
The kids are distraught and hired a marriage counselor as a last resort at
keeping the parents together. The counselor works for hours, tries all of
his methods, but the couple still won't even talk to each other.
Finally, the counselor goes over to a closet, brings out a beautiful upright
Bass, and begins to play. After a few moments, the couple starts talking.
They discover that they're not actually that far apart and decide to give
their marriage another try.
The kids are amazed and ask the counselor how he managed to do it.
He replies, "I've never seen anyone who wouldn't talk during a bass solo."
And for that, the counselor gets $200/hr, and doesn't have to join the