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.
Paul Metzke is a consumate Jazz and Blues Guitarist; Versatile, Experienced, and Accomplished. Over the past 30 years he has performed and/or recorded with some of the greatest Jazz and Blues Artists on the New York Music Scene :
Gil Evans Orchestra, Tony Williams Lifetime, Gato Barbieri, David Sanborn, Grover Washington jr, Elvin Jones, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jim Hall, Joe Farrell, Woody Shaw, Al Foster, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mike Mainieri, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Steve Gadd, Sonny Fortune, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin, Will Lee, Charlie Haden, Nancy Wilson, Astrud Gilberto, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Stephanie Mills, Sweet Georgia Brown, Michael Franks, Marcus Miller, Grady Tate, Warren Bernhardt, John Scofield, Bob Cranshaw, George Adams, Paul Motian, Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse, Richard Davis, Bob Mintzer, Lionel Hampton, Harry Belafonte, Roy Ayers, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Earl Klugh, Mark Egan, Chico Hamilton, Joe Beck, Larry Young, Tom Harrell, Chet Baker, Buster Williams, Cornel Dupree, Cy Coleman, Paquito D'Rivera, Larry Willis, Paul Winter, Hilton Ruiz, Teo Macero, Danilo Perez, Eric Gale, John Hicks, Monty Alexander, Milt Hinton, The Johnny Copeland Blues Band. And in 2007, performing on
an episode of "the Sopranos" with Nancy Sinatra and Southside Johnny.
Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised on the "Motown Sound".
Paul started playing Guitar at age 12. His major influences on Guitar would be:
Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Freddy King, Jeff Beck,
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Larry Carlton, Paco De Lucia, and John McLaughlin.
"Paul Metzke has crafted a sound and style that is; immediately recognizable, skillfully articulated, original, personal, powerful, and passionate. With the feeling of the Blues, the energy and vitality of Rock, and the freedom and spontaneity of Jazz".
"Paul Metzke flys with sure-handed runs interspersed with hard bluesy riffs"
Ira Mayer /New York Post
The latest Paul Metzke CD, "Feeling Mighty Nice" is "a soulful synthesis of: Jazz-Rock-Blues and Funk . Creating a unique musical fusion that is at once; Powerful, Energetic, Spontaneous, and Alive". Featuring 12 supercharged originals, rendered in his signature "Jazz with a Blues Attitude". PM Trio is: Paul Metzke Electric Guitar --- Duke Newton Electric Bass ---Terry Silverlight Drums"
"A Jazz Guitar Power Trio playing Straight Ahead High-Energy Jazz-Rock-Blues-Fusion-Funk"
Wow! Love your sounds. Quite a resume too. Detroit is one the the great jazz seminal cities. Do you know Bill Heid and Larry Smith who are from the Burgh? Randy Gelispie was living here for many years. Please invite some others to join us.