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.
Andy Bianco ~ Colter Harper ~ Gerald Haymon ~ Tony Janflone Jr ~ Eric Johnson ~ Kenny Karsh - Mark Lucas - Joe Negri ~ Jimmy Ponder - Mark Strickland
Poogie Bell ~ Janelle Burdell ~ Dennis Chambers - James Johnson III ~ Alexander Peck ~ Dave Throckmorton
Kenny Blake ~ Tony Campbell ~ Roby Edwards ~ Matt Ferrante ~ Nelson Harrison ~ Sean Jones ~ Curtis Swift ~ Reggie Watkins
Ronnie Biggs ~ Tony DePaolis ~ Dwayne Dolphin ~ Jeff Grubbs ~ Dave Pellow ~ Paul Thompson ~ Dan Wasson
Howie Alexander ~ Donna Davis ~ Jeff Lashway ~ Gene Ludwig
"Chizmo" Charles Anderson ~ Michelle Bensen ~ Judi Figel - Shawnee Lake ~ Shari Richards
Hey! Ken,you get a great mellow sound out of that telly,it sounds great! I have good friend with 'Earth,Wind & Fire',they hit the road yesterday,you sound good,this one of my favorite songs ciao,Emmett.
Ciao! My brother Ken,sorry it took so long to reply,i'm on so many other sites,i haven't been here in awhile,thanks for your comment,i'm really into smooth jazz/pop/r&b and jazz fusion but play a little of everything,thanks for being a friend and fan,Emmett North Jr.
Hey Ken! Call me at 412-531-9651 or 412-491-2728, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get together and jam. I'm up for playing any chance I can, and I got a new jazz guitar (Sadowsky Jim Hall model) this summer with an amp so I can play clubs. Taking lessons with Eric Susoeff now and he's amazing. Do call and happy Thanksgiving! mer
Ken,I am elated to meet new guitar players. I not only listen to other guitar playerts I love the progressions comming from the Hammond B3 from players like Gene Ludwig,Righard Groove Holmes and others that I cant think of at the moment.