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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, Parlan to 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.






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Direct M.P.A.C. with Ghasem Batamuntu and The M.P.A.C. Factor E

direct m.p.a.c.....multimedia performance arts concepts compressed on the borders of several genre:music-the unspoken word-visual veves-synesthesian sense abilities compounded in the isometric grip of the imagination unrestrained or inhibited...the inertia of phonetic engineering reshaping the areodynamics of the given towards hopefully the unexpected...,

the mpac facctor e is comprised of my music configuration i call the nuranus vortex or the nu nova compound plus a group video artist, poets, and sometimes dancers interacting in a pulse driven by the music which is mostly my own or hopefully an interesting arrangment of one of the many masterfull compositions from the music masters of afro america...

with the bands i have a couple of cd's...-life on uranus- on a-records from the netherlands and a current project entitled -a gift from trane- from tahoe can hear some of the tracks at at the african american jazz caucus inc. site as well...

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Visionary New Afrikan Jazz Poetics from South Central Los Angeles Darrell Jónsson interviews Will Alexander and Ghasem Batamuntu

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Astral choirs chime beneath furious yet prosaic percussion, while brass as soft as palm trees on the sea of a distant planet chants. Soon the surreal Sci-fi voice of Will Alexander, begins to encant his sophisticated language of dreams while the solar brass charts of Ghasem Batamuntu and the Nu Nova Compound's ensemble rips a hole in space. North American realms of New England, New France, Nova Scotia, New Spain have long ruled, now New Afrika has its place in the mix. That all this is beauty… Continue

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At 5:56am on December 5, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Ghasem,

Thanks for coming over. You'll enjoy yourself here and make many new friends. thanks you for sharing your talents with us.
At 4:46pm on October 30, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Ghasem,
Thanks for joining !
Be blessed!



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