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.
Every Musical Magician in the Steel City Committee.........WE GET BUSY in the 412!!!
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
U ALREADY KNOW....90.5FM
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
R.I.P. SUNDAY NIGHTS @ BUFFALO BLUES, & BOTH OF THE GRILLS!
Im HUNGRY..................for anything (except drugs lol) that will increase the spiritual gift of music within me. Im tryna get back to God's original intent for music in every genre of music that HE calls me to. My background is gospel, R&B, and Hip Hop....which means im still riding with training wheels when it comes to the REAL SOUND & FEEL of JAZZ. But i realize that God has placed me in the best city to learn how to ride with the BIg Boys (and Girls......there are alot of female Jazz BEAST to come out of da BURGH). i love going out to the various thriving clubs who support jazz and LISTENING to the shaping and tone of what Pittsburgh Jazz has become. But make no mistake, just because im still learning to produce the authentic sound of jazz doesn't mean I don't know what it sounds like, so all you POSERS out there keep bitin your nails and kickin rocks when real musical magicians who carry the true SPIRIT are in the building!!!
I can't wait to meet all of you music lovers in the Burgh that I haven't met yet. Keep making a joyful jazz noise!
I digress from callin out any names of artist/groups tours or recordings that I've played for due to my immense love for the one who ALONE really deserves ALL of the shout-out credit seeing as HE CREATED THIS PRECIOUS GIFT of mine & each opportunity that followed it.......I LOVE YOU, GOD........with my whole heart!
To the Pocket Protector
If can you get some time can I get your phone # I would like to talk with you. Are you playing anywhere soon mayve I can come and hear you play.
May blessing keep coming your way