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.
I am a recrding artist and performer based in Pittsburgh and have been involved with the Pgh jazz scene and the Duquense U, Guitar faculty for 25 years.Recently I have been performing with My friends Bill Purse and Richie Muckle. I am also a published author and a Private Teacher and I continue to explore new and creative ways to pay the bills
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Tommy Turk to Sean Jones. So Many fine players, no chance of choosing one.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Tony Mowad does a great service to Pgh Musicians . Yoshi's is streaming live shows on their site which are terrific. Sirrius Radio's Real Jazz is also cool.
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I pretty much go with which one's are still open. Anywhere the right players get together is always the best venue. I think sometimes you have to create your own gigs to fill in the gaps.
All guitar, All day, everyday. I still do enjoy it so!!
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
Happy to help. You can post events your self just as easily. Just click on the events tab and follow instructions. this page is very easy to use. If you run into any problems, drop me a note. Keep up the good work.
Just checking my e-mail in San Juan, and received your friend invitation; that one's automatic man, my pleasure. I am happy to see you here, and looking forward to working with you at Duquesne.
Take care my brother.
Hey, Jim! How's it going? I have been back since 2003. My dad passed away in 2005 and I have been taking care of mom etc. I am not playing as much as I used to, but it ebbs and flows, like the tide. I was jist alking about the time that me, ypu, Rich Scampone and Kurt Lorence played that afternoon gig and when it came time to eat, we ll waited until the other sat down....BECAUSE WE WERE ALL LEFTIES! keep in t0uch!