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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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Lauren Hooker
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Lauren Hooker helps to continue the tradition of great jazz singing. Critics from across the nation have compared her sound and style to that of Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn and Sheila Jordan; her lyric writing to Jon Hendrick’s and her songwriting as some of the best in the business. Lauren is not just another singer, she is a consummate musician, known throughout the NY metropolitan area as a multi-talented and sophisticated vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, lyricist, educator, producer and storyteller.

Her critically acclaimed CD (Awarded Honorable Mention as one of AllAboutJazz-New York's selected Best CDs in ‘07) was produced by Rufus Reid and Allen Farnham entitled "Right Where I Belong",with Rufus Reid on bass, Allen Farnham on piano and Tim Horner on drums. It features jazz standards, her original compositions, and credits that include lyrics written to Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller and Mal Waldron.

Out of a flood of rave reviews, JAZZ TIMES writes, ... undeniably impressive… certainly imaginative… can hold her own against pretty much any singer-songwriter in the business… ability to add lyrics to instrumental classics… is flat-out masterful… ; JAZZ IMPROV NY says … a skilled scatter, talented lyricist and songwriter…intriguing, impressive…; ALL ABOUT JAZZ LA states, Here's a vocalist that is going to knock you off your chair… hits a double off the wall… her voice - rich, confident and assured - like Dianne Reeves, pitch perfect and ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY writes, "Hooker shows off her multi-faceted talent.. plays with time the way Monk did, would have made (Fats) Waller chuckle with delight...reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan’s bottom range...hint of Dinah Washington’s energy… but sound and style are unique.

Within the third week of radio airplay, Lauren was at the top of the “chartbound” list of jazz CD’s played across the nation and in Canada according to A featured guest on WKCR's "Jazz Alternatives" 89.9 FM with Host Sharif Abdus Salaam, and WRSU 88.7 FM out of Rutgers University, Lauren's CD continues to receive heavy airplay on both radio and internet stations here and abroad.

She came onto the jazz scene with a degree in Music Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and continued post-graduate work in jazz theory with pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, voice with Sheila Jordan at Manhattan School of Music and most recently, a vocal workshop with Bobby McFerrin.

Lauren is featured in many major venues in the New York metropolitan area including Enzo’s Jazz Room at the Jolly Madison Hotel and The International Women in Jazz Festival in New York City, and in New Jersey at the Barron Art Center, Trumpets and The Summer Jazz Café Series at The Two Rivers Theater. She has performed and/or recorded with some of the best in the business including Vic Juris, Steve Nelson, Bucky Pizzarelli and Reggie Workman to name a few and recorded with legendary pianist Mal Waldron (Billie Holiday's former pianist), singing her original lyrics set to one of Mal's compositions. She has appeared on a variety of television shows including "Broadway to Business", "For Arts Sake", "Life of the Music" and “Night Owls”.

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At 6:07am on December 27, 2008, Bruce C said…
Lauren....New Jersey has a winner...great depth, and soulfull intrerpretation...absolutely perfection in motion! Impeccable all around...the group, the song choices...the skilled interplay of all your players...stunning...More are a joy to my heart, ears, and on ...the best for the New Year for you and all in your entourage...WELL DONE!...All my best always...bc
At 3:34am on August 5, 2008, Lauren Hooker said…
THanks so very much for your help - One is up!!! Lauren
At 7:15am on August 3, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
BTW I have loaded 46mb mp3s on my page with no problem at all so you don't have to concern yourself with the size of the file.
At 7:14am on August 3, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

It's really very simple.

If you have the mp3s already on your hard drive or on an external drive or disk, simply click on the "add music" hypertext in the column below your profile picture. A window will open that will allow you to browse, find the file save it, then click "upload" and it will load. Then click "save" and it's done. You can always go back and edit anything you post at any time. There is also a bulk loader for audio files (also one for photos). At the bottom of the "add music" window is a hypertext to open the bulk loader. Once it is open, you can simply take your mouse and drag and drop the mp3s into the open space on the loader. Click "next" and then "upload." After they are all uploaded click "Save."

There it is. Try it and let me know how you do.
At 2:59pm on July 29, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Lauren,

You have a beautiful website and your music is quite a treat. Rufus Reid is a friend. Please consider posting some of your audio samples on this page as they will be easier to access for some members that don't have Quicktime. This network accomodates very large files up to 50 mb each for mp3 audiofiles so your clips would post easily.

You'll make some new friend and fans here and we are happy to have you with us. This network aso will take video files up to 100mb each on your page with no problem.



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