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.
Hello I am a Jazz Clarinetist which I have been performing semi and professional all around Australia and New Zealand.
I am at this stage releasing 4 originals, my Management and Publicists in New York City are now talking with a number of major Labels to release one particular tune on myspace page called Sunset,they know it will be a world release soon and certainly an ever green.
So if you are tuning in please enjoy.
I enjoyed your music very much. what we really need to become aware of is that we are ina greatest era for self-promotion that ever existed. That is what cyberspace is all about and you have taken the most significant first step. Fill out your profile information ASAP and start building a cyber-presence. All the carpetbaggers had in earlier times that we didn't have was infrastructure for distribution. now you have worldwide distribution and communication infrastructure at your fingertips. You don't want to find a promoter,,, be a self-promoter. You can't lose with the stuff you use.
ning .... They are social networks. they are connected though so as you add friends or connections they are sort of counted under the one umbrella so to speak. But you come to a limit of connections quickly. you can only add about one connecting per every week or two. You can start up your own social network under the ning umbrella too. Some people have a lot of them but I don't know why. Your playing is beautiful . I connected with you on myspace. I would love to visit New Zealand. I played in Adalaide Austrailia and all the really Nice people I met made a point of telling me they weren't Austrailian, they are New Zealanders. Ha!
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