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.
As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories. Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.
Former Director for Black Circle Records in Pittsburgh. Original Founder of Soulville Records (Presents "The Soulville/Jaywalking Story" on Pittsburgh's Get Hip Records). Operates Bobby Fulton Music and Record Productions. R'n B and Gospel released on Bobby Fulton record labels (The group T.H.A.T. and Bobby and Bobbie). Affiliated with various other performers and labels as artist, artist coach, musician, songwriter, arranger and/or producer, including working with Dr. Nathan Davis, the late Rev. Floyd Beck, and Dr. Leo Casino.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
There are a number of fine musicians and performers in Pittsburgh that I enjoy alot. To name a few, I would mention Dr. Nathan Davis, Dr. Nelson Harrison, Dr. James Johnson, Dr. Leo Casino.
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
The University of Pittsburgh's Annual Jazz Seminar. Manchester Craftsmen Guild.
Currently, founder and Senior Minister, Gospel Music Ministries International and the Gospel Connection Outreach "Church Coming To You". Ministry encourages artists and others to make their Gospel Connection. Discovers, develops and presents. Helps to meet human and social needs and provides spiritual advising and counsel. I usually render music with Church Speaking Engagements. Also available as speaker, for Gospel, music or business seminars or workshops, or in concerts with the Gospel Connection Outreach Band and/or other talent. We hold the GMMI Arts Fellowship where artists can come together for spiritual renewal, sharing and networking. We're also involved in furthering music and the Gospel around the world.
Hope your family had a blessed holiday Dr Bobby Fulton also. Blessed to know you and I spurned by your faith and direction. I'll be back in Pittsburgh or done other larger venue because that is where our culture is needed. I know Pittsburgh better than any where and love it's surrounds.
Thanks for stopping by my page! I got to play with Sammy Banks at his daughter Linda's Inaugural ball and it was a pleasure. they did it 'their way ' and I could see multiple generations work together for this. Myself I am doing OK and have a beautiful 1st granddaughter out your way and she is ! yr old and singing, walking, sledding etc. I am just trying to maintain my comfortable house out in Edgemont! Lord Bless- kevin
I would be delighted to see you. I hope you can make it. We are currently seeking contacts re future announcements and developments with the PMMBH. Please inform your friends to sign up on Facebook: pmmbh home
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
I played a gig at The Ale House in State College with Andrew Jackson from Chester, PA, James Jackson from Hbg., and remember showing Bobby Fulton two chords to Mr. Magic. Bobby , you are from Harrisburg and played with the Emperors whom did Karate Boogaloo in 1964. It was a #4 pop hit nationwide. I am Ditty Potter's nephew and heard your brother do the best version of 'Without A Song' I have ever heard- true artistry. My mother( Dandy) said he was the bomb back in the day( 40s). Art Davis bought his first bass from my grandmother and my mom said they used to sit on the porches in uptown Hbg. Wallace street and sing together. Hbg. was just as segregated as any southern city before the 60s. The 'colored' people lived next to the state buildings which razed their community when the state expanded. So the first place I remember living was the projects and my grandfather owned a hotel and bar at 6th & boas streets before I was born, the Potters were affluent. Remeber the 'Superette' on Cameron street? I had a 3rd grade birthday party there in1965.- kevin d. hurst sr.
Hey Bobby Breen,
Greetings and Praise the Lord! You are truly bringing the flip side (i.e. the B side) of the Good News of the Gospel. The A side is when we're hearing about the Good News of what God can do and the B side is when we've become part of the Good News of what God has done. I believe God is blessing you, my brother, because you have been such a blessing to more people than you know and He's not finished with you yet. Keep on being the blessing that you are! Your personal Pastor and friend, Bobby Fulton.
I thank you! Singing is my passion and ministry. God has blessed me with a gift and my prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through my music.
I am also a gospel recording artist. you can hear clips on my website.
Thank you for the compliment. You may be interested to know that I am also a classic style gospel singer. I will be a soloist in the Gospel Workshop choir of Sweetwater Center for the Arts 12th annual Mavuno Festival of African American Culture. The first rehearsal was July 21, and the performance is scheduled for Sept 27 at Sewickley Academy. Dr. Curtis Lewis of Aliquippa's Church in the Round is directing. Any interested persons of any denomination are welcome to participate. The next rehearsal will be August 18. For information, see http://www.sweetwaterartcenter.org or phone 412-741-4405