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.
Oh My! Where do I start...? Hahaha! I gotta come back to this ~
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Today...? CJ's in the Strip! Monday nights @ AVA: Shadow Lounge
Back in the day--the Balcony!!!!! Sorely missed ~
Played Big Band and straight ahead in the Burgh growing up under Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, Lenny Rogers, Nelson Harrison and the cats. At heart~I'm a Studio Dogg! Drums/Production with Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) working on everything from Planet Drum to Tupac Shakur's last film as well as the Grateful Dead Reunion Tour. Other post production credits include Sound Design Sample Libraries for Kurzweil K2500, Ilio and Atari. well as as MIxing Engineer/Producer. National Tours 2 B'way shows: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (a combined book-yea legit) and Little Shop of Horrors (kit) is where I've been for most of the last 5 years. Back in town, sheddin', launching Rhythm Games and more. Got some good things in the works ~ Get ready! Thanks for the luv ~ It's good to be home. -j
Hey Janelle, Sorry you won't be able to join us for the Pittsburgh jazz drummers event but, am glad to know you're so busy. I'd like to hear more about that west coast meeting. Please get in touch on your return. Thanks, Ken
Janelle, Thanks for your message, It's always a pleasure to hear from a fellow Pgh.musician. Janelle, I'm suprised you remember me from The Holiday House, I hardly remember those days myself. Listen , your site on this network is teriffic and you sound great on the tracks ! Glad to hear your playing the "Sinatra" tribute show, please send my warmest regards to Jeff Mangone and everyone else I might know on that gig. Sincerely, Jack Cenna
Janelle Thanks for the add. Hey great page great music. Were you at Tony's jam session last night at April's? If you missed or were there go to my page and check out some of the songs from the session starting with song 6