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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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Roger Barbour Trio at The Waterfront

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Roger Barbour Jazz Trio at Mitchell's Fish Market at the Waterfront in Homestead this Thursday July 31st from 5:30pm till 8pm.  Join us for live jazz on the patio. See More
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95 YEAR OLD HORACE TURNER...PITTSBURGH MUSIC LEGEND

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Sept. 17   Joel Woller (History Department, Carlow University) Politics as Personal Expression in Jazz Performance: Nina Simone in Concert, 1965 Oct. 1    Timothy Williams (Music Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) Jazz History Detective: True Stories From the Pittsburgh Files Oct. 15   Erik Lawrence (Saxophonist, Composer, Educator) Songs That Inspired Me to Soar Nov. 5    Mike Canton (Host and Producer, The Soul Show –WYEP 91.3fm) Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher Nov. 19  …See More
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Sept. 17   Joel Woller (History Department, Carlow University) Politics as Personal Expression in Jazz Performance: Nina Simone in Concert, 1965 Oct. 1    Timothy Williams (Music Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) Jazz History Detective: True Stories From the Pittsburgh Files Oct. 15   Erik Lawrence (Saxophonist, Composer, Educator) Songs That Inspired Me to Soar Nov. 5    Mike Canton (Host and Producer, The Soul Show –WYEP 91.3fm) Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher Nov. 19  …See More
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Master drummer Michael Carvin beats his path to greatness

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Drummer Michael Carvin says there is no real mystery about why so many great drummers have come from Pittsburgh.



He looks at a hard-working city, where success is never guaranteed, and says that simply creates an attitude that demands a high level of effort.



"It wasn't that the city produced great drummers," he says. "Rather, they were simply great people who played drums."



Carvin, who runs the Michael Carvin School of Drumming in New York City, will be here…
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Memory of Mike Taylor [Poem by Michael Dennison]

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 12:05am 5 Comments

MEMORY OF MIKE TAYLOR – A YEAR ROUND

[Poem by Michael Dennison]



A spring day, rain for the grass

puts the green on the table and evenings of late sun

and then the History Channel

time in a man’s life to ripen, to pass



as June crawls in with a birthday, stands up

like green corn on the stalk, fresh and wide open

to a good joke, the promise of a late show loaded with guests,

with irony gentle, universal as night



and June struts… Continue

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