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.
Ed Unitsky is an international artist known for his complex and captivating surrealist art.
His artwork expands the mind creating an imaginary journey into the fantastic realms.
Ed’s art has been set on par with the likes of Roger Dean, H.R. Giger, Michael Whelan, Storm Thorgerson and many other prestigious master fantasy artists and is being touted as the modern day Dali.
Ed’s creative range is remarkable. His unique signature style resonates an old world influence with an innovative Pop Culture flare. Many seem to believe it is inspired from the Divine.
Ed’s creative abilities began when he was small child. After years, of painting, sketching, doing large scale mural work, airbrushing, and many other mediums, in 2002, Ed sat down at a computer to apply his artistic capacity. Instantly, he fell in love with this new digital forum to create his ideas. Digital artistry has become a medium which has expanded his artistic range enormously.
Ed is an artistic master of digital painting, collage creation and photo manipulation. His creations continue to amaze and inspire all those who become familiar with his artistry.
In 2002, Ed sent some of his artistic creation to Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings. Roine decided to use Ed’s images on the Flower Kings Fan Club CD 2002. Subsequently, Ed’s career began to flourish.
Roine was soon to get involved in the formation of a new progressive rock band, The Tangent created by Andy Tillison of Parallel Or 90 Degrees. Ed was an easy choice for this new bands artwork packaging.
Ed’s very first full length commercially released Album Artwork on the InisdeOut, received received Best Artwork in 2003 in the Dutch Progressive Rock Polls - DPRP.
In March 2007, The 10th Annual Dutch Progressive Rock Poll Awards for 2006 – Ed's spectacular artwork for The Tangent's – "A Place In The Queue", won by a two to one vote! Ed previously topped his own previous poll award in 2003 with his artwork for "The Music That Died Alone" and in 2004, Ed shared second place for his cover artwork for The Tangent's - "The World That We Drive Through" in the 2004 Dutch Progressive Rock Poll Awards with Carl Glover's artwork for the Marillion. In 2008 Ed won the DPRP Award for the 2007 Best Artwork of the Year for his artwork for The Flower King's Album - Sum of No Evil.
Artwork for The Tangent, "A Place in the Queue" and Oresund Space Collective's, "All About Delay" were both nominated for their outstanding artwork covers in the 2006 Italian Prog Awards. And in 2008, Ed was inducted into the Italian Prog Hall of Fame for his artwork for The Flower Kings Sum of No Evil.
Ed has created over 3,500 artwork pieces in these few short years and continues to create incredible artwork for CD Album Covers while expanding his artistic energies to his personal artwork pursuits...