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.
EASTER MONDAYMusical Fun-Raiser for B-PEPCelebrating B-PEP'S 20th AnniversaryDonation $25.00Seniors and students - $20.00Dedicated to the late organist Gene Ludwig and guitarist Luther DeJarunettSee More
"Hi, Shawnee......Jim and I were really glad to see you on Tues. at Katz Plaza and Little E's.......hope to see you again soon.....let us know where you will be singing....we would love to be there!!!"
THE HOTTEST SHOWS in TOWN ARE AT LITTLE'S JAZZ CLUB. LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB IS PROUD TO ANNOUCE Tuesdays with Pittsburgh's finest ---- MR. SEAN JONES. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening with THE SEAN JONES SHOW. Only at LITTLE E's "Where Music Happens" YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WILL SHOW UP TO PLAY WITH SEAN. Call for reservations show begins at 9:00 PM Tuesday MAY 26, 2009. FOR ALL OUR SHOWS AND EVENTS VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.littleesjazz.com
Jazz on the river with RH Factor Quintet, Latin/Salsa and R&B music.Tickets are available now by calling 412-321-1069.Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of jazz, and dancing.See More
"The burgh is such a great place for jazz---we really appreciate the friendliness and comaradarie of all the professionals we meet...all of you are so down to earth and truly appreciative of our interest. hope to see you around and about soon."
It's always good to see you & Jim out and about on the live jazz circuit. We hope you will make your presence felt here online as we discuss the various issues and expressions. Please add me as a friend."
It's always good to see you & Jim out and about on the live jazz circuit. We hope you will make your presence felt here online as we discuss the various issues and expressions. Please add me as a friend.
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