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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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Joe Harris workshop CANCELLED

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THE JOE HARRIS WORKSHOP SCHEDULED ON MAY 1 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHY-TEENIE HARRIS/NATHAN SCHRITTER-709 PENN AVENUE GALLERY

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IMPROV/OBSERVATIONS BY NATHAN SCHRITTER

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SHOW CLOSES MAY 4

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Howie Alexander at 709 Penn Avenue Gallery, April 25, 5:30-9pm-GALLERY CRAWL, CULTURAL DISTRICT

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Gallery Crawl/APRIL 25
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SEE HOWIE ALEXANDER AT 709 PENN AVENUE GALLERY FROM 5:30-9PM
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SEE THE NATHAN SCHRITTER/TEENIE HARRIS JAZZ PHOTOGRAPH SHOW AT 709
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Joe Harris jazz lecture and demo-May 1, 6pm, 709 Penn Avenue Gallery, Cultural District

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MAY 1-Joe Harris is a jazz legend in the history of be-bop jazz. Providing the rhythm section for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis in the 1940’s and 50’s, Mr. Harris was a part of a new movement that changed the sound of jazz forever. On May 1, Joe Harris will share his stories and experiences, his archive of pictures and memorabilia with jazz fans and musicians, and demonstrate the technique that made jazz history.



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Saxophonist Hosea Taylor celebrates 65 years in jazz with book signing/sale at Cabaret, 8pm, April 29

Posted on April 24, 2008 at 6:31pm 2 Comments

APRIL 29-Living Legend of Jazz, saxophonist, Hosea Taylor, will sell signed copies of his book, Dirt Street, on April 29 during the evening at the Sean Jones Trumpet Showcase in the Cabaret Theater.



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At 3:11am on May 29, 2008, Janis Burley Wilson said…
JazzLive at Katz Plaza, outdoor jazz sessions every Tuesday at 5pm
June 3-Sept. 9, sponsored by Bank of New York Mellon, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/Education/Community Engagement
June 3-MCG Jazz Legacy Band, 5pm (Katz Plaza)
June 3-Gerald Haymon, 7pm (Backstage Bar)
go to www.pgharts.org for full schedule
At 4:22pm on April 2, 2008, DR. LEO CASINO said…
Hello, are you related to Charlie Burley ?
At 3:51am on March 31, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
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At 8:46pm on March 30, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hi. Thank you for answering me. I am in the studio...I have 2 CD's i am working on. One is just me, playing and singing all parts, so I really haven't had many gigs except for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre after the show, and the Mountaineer 2 times as well as solo gigs. That is part of the reason I wanted to talk to you. You can ask Nelson or anyone about me. i am also busy. taking care of my mother and Autistic brother and that takes a whole lot of time, but I am dedicated to my family. if you need help administratively, i am very people-oriented and computer-literate, plus i managed 10-150 people. This was lots of stuff i learned to do because the music business is so iffy.
Please let me know. i can make an appt. to see you if you would like.
Thanks
At 1:39am on March 30, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hello, Janis. I know you don't know me, as I was in OK getting Natives off drugs and then in Los Angeles. I am a good friend of nelson and every other jazz musician here knows me. In fact, I played at the original grill with Nelson. He has a tape of me, Janelle Burdelle and him with me singing and the crowd hollering. I have been trying to get a gig with the Trust at a jazz venue since I have been back, but my Father died and I was waylayed a bit. I also didn't know who to talk to. i am a partner w. the trust, however.
Beside Nelson, i have played with kenny blake, Emily Remler(now deceased) Al Dowe and Etta Cox, Lou stellute, maureen Budway, Eric Suseoff, Don Aliquo and in fact i gave greg Humpries his first gig at 'Toute Suite' that was in Homewood on a New years Eve w/ me and Emily. The first time i saw Howie Alexander when I came back, he said 'I used to sneak in Hemmingways to see you and kenny blake back in the day". My, how we get old and they grow up!
Anyway, I wanted to fit a lifetime of music in 2 or 3 paragraphs,hence all the data. I do think you get the point. Please get in touch with me on this website!
At 11:29am on March 29, 2008, Janis Burley Wilson said…
Thank you. Means alot. My father loves this music, and everything I know or do related is a direct result of his influence.

Yes, drums...I can play a "little bit". In 10 years, I'd love to be able to show up at jam sessions and hold my own.
Janis
At 3:43am on March 29, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Janis,

Drums, eh? It's never too late for music you know. Thank you for your keen awareness and dedicated support. You are a part of the jazz family as is your father who provided his entrepreneurial support against great for so many years.
At 11:35pm on March 28, 2008, Janis Burley Wilson said…
Hi Michele. I saw Nelson Harrison yesterday and he told me how to get on the network. Thanks for the compliment. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with all of you. I'll do all I can as long as I'm provided with a forum to present jazz in the city. I love my job!

Janis
At 6:14am on March 28, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Jazz Network Janis! It's great to have you here, you belong here. A wonderful place to keep in touch with musicians locally and all over the world. You've really helped to keep Jazz alive in this city and we love you for it. You're doing a great job.
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