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.
lyricist..I collaborate with many composers in genres including inspirational; gospel; adult alternative; choral; country; jazz; classical;broadway; childrens.
I began teaching English at the U. of Pgh. in 1964 and now teach TIN PAN ALLEY courses for OSHER INSTITUTE
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How are you ?...Your probably like - who is this damn aussie.. :-)
I sat next to you on the plane from Pittsburgh to LA a couple of weeks ago and did not get a chance to say goodbye...I went onto You tube and looked up river in Judea..I loved the lyrics you definately have a gift ..You have to write me a song for my girls one day... It was a pleasure meeting you and when Im in Pittsburgh next it would be nice to catch up with you and your husband if you are available...Hope your well and everything went well for you in LA...
Hi Linda, How are you ?..
your probably thinking who is this stalker !!!
I sat next to you on the plane from Pittsburgh to LA and did not get a chance to say goodbye.. I looked up the song river in Judea on You tube and they are beautiful words, You have to write me a song for my daughters who I adore and words don;t come that easy to me ..I guess I'm more of a visual person.......Hope all went well for you in LA and I would like to catch up with you and your husband next time I'm in Pittsburgh..Take care and keep in touch
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
Thanks for accepting my friend request. You ARE already a part of the network and there are many, many things that you can accomplish from this point. Just browse some of the other member pages and see what can be done. Anything they can do, you can do better. Hey... that could be the title for a great song. Oops... too late!!
Thank you for joining and for making a comment on the photo page. Aren't you the person the penned the lyric to Patricia Prattis Jennings' Christmas song? I have long admired your work. It would be cool if you would post that song on your audio page so people could hear it. I taught the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy course for OSHER-PITT last spring. I didn't know about your course. It sounds very interesting.