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.
My entire family is from Pittsburgh. My father's family home was at 518 Singer Place. It has now been leveled. I recorded many CD's in Pittsburgh at the former Audiomation recording studios. I still have family and friends there.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Ahmad Jamal, George Benson, Earl Hines, Erroll Garner, Billy Eckstine, Art Blakey, Jimmy Ponder, Gene Ludwig, Stanley Turrentine, Lena Horne, Leon Lee Dorsey, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Alan Harris, Dwayne Dolphin, and a lot more.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WPFW in Washington, D.C., WWOZ in New Orleans (toss up)
I'm a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator with many years of experience with this music. I've been fortunate enough to have been able to perform with and have my music performed by some of the top players in this music. I've had performances with Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, James Newton, Robin Eubanks, Antonio Hart, Cindy Blackman, and many others. Recorded 8 CD's, having released three, including 2 that reached #11 and #10 on national radio charts. Compositions performed by the Grammy-Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Tony-Award-winning tap-dancer/choreographer Savion Glover, and many others.
Hi Eric! Its good to be on this site! Please stop by and check out my resume, music and photos! Hope you will enjoy my gift of music and the other talented artists on this site! Take care & continued success to you! Imani Zubeh
Wow, what a resume! Quite impressive! Its wonderful to hear about such accomplishments! Hope to have more contact and to be able to learn from you in the future. IZ
Wow, you have a marvelous array of accomplishments. Please share some of your artistry on your page so we can all become more familiar with your work. We are featuring you profile so your profile to attract interest to your page.