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.
...too many to name. This is just a few off the top of my head. I can listen to Roger and Sean play all night, 8 days a week.
I will fill out the rest of my bio at a later date.
I'm a 40 year old, polish girl originally from the South Hills. I'm currently enjoying life with my guy Tom and our dog Bear. I enjoy being turned on to new artists and I'm open to all music, as long as it's good. My Mother & Father raised my three older sisters and me on music, specifically r&b. Growing up, the radio dial was always set to WAMO. The tv was hardly ever on. That's the way it should be. Growing up, our house was all about music; listening or learing how to play an instrument.
I was conceived the summer of 69... which explains a lot. My parents looked exactly like Sony & Cher. Paul McCartney announced the Beatles were breaking up the day I was born, so I fashion myself to be a Yoko Ono of sorts... A Bridge Over Troubled Water was the number one song, Nixon was President and it was also the day the Apollo 13 shuttle almost didn't make it back home.
My Father was a general contractor and built an amazing music room in our house that had every instrument you can think of. I think he was hoping for a Jackson 5 or Partridge Family out of us girls, which obviously didn't happen. He taught me how to listen to music, shoot pool, try food before you say you don't like it, use power tools before I could ride a bike and to stand up for myself. I miss Him.
I played the drums pretty much my entire childhood. I'm currently teaching myself the guitar. I sat down at a drum set a while ago at someone's house and it felt so good. It took me back. I knew I was going to go to Drum World to pick up a scrap kit that same week and I did. (I still have my Zildjian symbols from my childhood.) I can't think of a better creative outlet than music. It's like singing and dancing; you don't have to be good to enjoy it. (You can add golf to that list.) I'm creating a music room in our house similar to the one we had growing up.
I once read that a life without music and someone you love to share it with, isn't worth living. I like that. Without music, you're not living, you're just existing.
Peace & Love to all of my fellow music lovers,
Life is about experiences, not things. ~Doris Buffet
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault
If winning isn't everything, then why keep score? ~Tommy Lasorda
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