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.
Performed there with Barry White,worked there in early 70's with 'Big Jay Bush' & the 'House Rockers' from dayton,ohio also played there in churches with various gospel groups from dayton.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Coast Radio - Jango radio - LastFM
Born in middletown,ohio and grew up in dayton,ohio,i'm a guitarist,singer,songwriter,producer & performer and former guitarist for Barry White,Isaac Hayes,Chuck Berry,Wolfman Jack,Clem Curtis & the Foundations,The Atlantic Soul Machine,The Funk Masters and many others between the US and UK.
I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:
You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/ ¨ Minds of Glass: ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).
Nothing wrong with that at all. That makes you a Pittsburgher influenced musician. ;-) You definitely belong on this network.
BTW you played by the railroad tracks at the I.C. Light (Coca Cola, etc.) Tent on the South shore of the Monongahela River. The sponsorship name of the tent changes from year to year so I don't remember who was the sponsor when you were last here. The show I played with Barry was indoors at the Stanley Theatre downtown around 1974-5. The Stanley was converted into the Benedum Hall as it is now.
We are so happy to have you as a member. When you played in Pittsburgh with Barry, if it was at the Stanley Theatre @ 1975-76, I was in the orchestra with you. Barry had a full 32 or 35 piece orchestra and I was playing 2nd trombone. If that's the show you remember, it's really a gas to reconnect with you this way. We will be in close touch through this channel as I share your talents with many here who will become new fans as I have.