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.
The Mara Rosenbloom Quartet will be performing in Pittsburgh as part of our April 2010 tour! As previous visitors and devoted fans of purgh, we hope this will be the first of many performances in Pittsburgh!
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Billy Strayhorn, Art Blakey, Ray Brown
Pianist and composer Mara Rosenbloom, has cultivated a quartet that “renders believable the future of jazz.” Lyrically contemplative & rhythmically pulsating, the group's sound showcases the candid human honesty, agile interplay, and energetic sense of groove that has always sustained and revitalized the spirit of jazz.
Rosenbloom’s quartet binds together some of New York's most innovative improvisers – Saxophonist Darius Jones (Mike Pride’s Bacteria to Boys, Trevor Dunn’s Period, Cooper-Moore Trio, William Hooker’s Bliss Quartet), bassist Maeve Royce (Rachel Z’s Department of Good & Evil), and drummer Nick Anderson - and offers a fresh perspective on composition and group interplay. After close to 3 years performing together, the Mara Rosenbloom Quartet tells instrumental stories with a sense of organicism and spontaneity that is truly a celebration of community & human interaction.
As the group continues to showcase & celebrate their debut release School of Fish, they are also currently working towards their second album, which will feature more original music by Mara Rosenbloom, delving further into how we forge unspoken bonds, react, drift apart, and out of inherent need, find each other again.
thanks for taking time to listen to our playlist (Sacha's last cd "Our Reality") is now reaching #41 on the reverb nation National charts ( after only 6 days since release),he wrote and played all instruments except for 2 guitar lead tracks that a friend from Germany did for us , and i do all the recording engineering and mastering work so i am happy our work is pleasing to your ears ,do keep in touch if you need some mastering or anything else send me a line at Michel@Petulli.com
Mara.....what a wonderful and free spirited voice you are in this world that is JAZZ...saw your calendar and wonder if your quartet plays in the NYC area in May...would love to get to hear you...your artistry is lovely indeed, and it will be wonderful to see where you and your group(s) lead you to developmentally. As a visual artist (primarily...lol) I get to NYC every other month, too shoot for friends and clients...and to jam with friends too...would love to network with you should you ever need imagery to match your musical artistry...my best to you...always b
Hi Mara! I am indeed a fan, a player (jazz guitar, arranging and composition, Berklee 74-77), and a scholar who is writing about jazz and cognition, from the perspective of the avant-garde, philosophy and cognitive science. I will keep an eye out for your performance, and if I can, introduce myself. My very best wishes.....mer
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