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.
Born and Raised. Graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts ( CAPA )
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Everyone that plays this music and keeps it alive
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Gulliftys, Rhythm House, AVA, Shadow Lounge, CJ's, all of the Venues that this city has to offer
Majoring in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music
I have have been fortunate enough of sharing the stage and playing with many great musicians such as: Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, Benny Golsen, Curtis Fuller, John Faddis, David Liebman, Sean Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Sanabria and his Grammy nominated Afro Cuban Orchestra, Cecil Bridgewater, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Lew Soloff, Nathan Davis, Jeremey Manasia, Roger Humphries, RH Factor, Bob Mintzer, Reggie Watkins, Luis Bonilla, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Garry Dial, Irving Mayfield and Los Hombres Calientes, Ted Rosenthal, Justin DiCioccio, Candido Camero, and many other amazing musicians...
Frank great to hear from you.I'm really proud of you man.That is the way to kick ass in New York.Looking foward to seeing you when you get home. Give me a call when you get to town. Lots of luck and keep up the good work. Sonny
You sounded great tonight at Ava and it is always good to see you. Thank you for following through and joining. You will go as far as you want to with such initiative and follow through. I look forward to every time we get to play together. Soon I'll post the pictures I took of you and Curtis Fuller at Pitt. Remember?
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