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.
Lived in Pittsburgh since 1978 and before that an extended suburb of Pittsburgh, Fayette County, LOL! I am one of Pittsburghs Biggest Fans and host talkcast PositivelyPittsburghLive and publish on line community magazine with radio and TV network, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com. All of the above are about the Positive aspects of Pittsburgh. Also developer of site Postiive Pittsburghers which is also a ning social networking site at: http://pospittlive.ning.com
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Joanne Quinn-Smith is the CEO of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company offering specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™. Known as the firm’s “Creative Energy Officer” she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans.
Marketing and consulting clients include individuals and entrepreneurs, non profit agencies and organizations, restaurants, small businesses with locations across the US and international organizations.
Joanne became an expert in marketing while running a national entertainment business and later as the owner of Patriot Limousine Ltd. She prides herself on being successful in typically male-dominated fields.
Known for her energetic and enthusiastic style of marketing, Ms. Quinn-Smith is frequently in demand as a speaker. She spoke in 2007 at the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Annual Convention in Atlanta Georgia, at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ms. Quinn Smith enjoys being active in her community, having served as a scout leader and coach for high school forensics and debate teams. She is a lifetime member of the National Forensics League. In the professional sector, she has served on several committees and boards including : Girls Going Places, NAWBO National Committees, the Allegheny County Casino Vendors Sub-Committee and WEDO. She has been an active board member of NAWBO for many years and was the 2007-2008 President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. She was also the chair of the Second Annual NAWBO Day at the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter.
Always on the cutting edge of social media. Joanne is the host of a weekly talkcast called Techno Granny Show™ which airs each Monday at 7am on Talkshoe. The talkcast helps other entrepreneurs learn how to negotiate and make the most of today’s technology. She is also the host of three other pod casts including Positively Pittsburgh Live™, The Monday Morning Marketeer™, and Professionals with Impact™. All Talkcasts are recorded live and can be found at: www.positivelypittsburghlivemagazine.com.
Current projects include seminars for Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding Training™ and PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com a multi media resource for and about Pittsburgh. Website: www.positivelypittsburghlivemagazine.com Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated the 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using social media.