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.
Roger Barbour Jazz Trio will be performing at the Village Tavern in West End Pgh on Saturday December 5th from 8pm till 11pm, featuring Kevin Moore on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums and myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus a host of musician friends. Looking forward to seeing you all there. Will be jammin' all eveningSee More
Hi Folks, Join us once again this Friday November 27th at Fifth Ave Place as we usher in the Holiday season with a taste of jazz. We start at 12 noon and play till 2pm. looking forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, RogerSee More
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet will be playing for light-up night at Fifth Ave Place on Friday November 20th. Join us as we kick off the Holiday season with a taste off Christmas Jazz, featuring Frank Cunimondo on piano, Raynard Ford on Alto Sax and Flute, Vince Taglieri on drums and myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn. Hope to see you all there. See More
I am leader of the " Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet" . I am one of the performing groups in the Pgh Cultural Trust Jazz Live series at the Pgh CLO. We also Perform for corporations around town, Weddings and private parties
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Sean Jones, Roger Humphrey, Gene Ludwig, Nelson Harrison
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
C.J.s restaurant and nightclub
I play trumpet and fleugelhorn and have played in most of the jazz venues in the Pittsburgh area. Also have played in several other cities and states including Las Vegas Nevada and also Paris France
Unless something totally unexpected occurs, Kathy & I will see you at Melange Bistro Bar on 8/14. We should have between 9 - 13 people we will be bringing with us. I don't suppose that this should present any problem (never been there). We'll try to make reservations. Looking forward to it.
Hi Roger, It was a real pleasure to meet you at last night's open stage at the Around The Corner in Millvale. You and Joe Romeo(on sax) made for a great impromptu horn section and sounded fantastic. Thanks for taking the night's Yinzide Out project up to another level. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will see you again. Thanks, Dave
Rodger is my main man,and we go back very far. I was happy to talk with you and play on stage once again with you at Bpep. Looks like you are moving right along. I hope to catch one of your shows soon. Until we meet again, your friend ALI
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
Hi Roger! How are you? I heard your CD for the first time on Saturday at Little E's. I was very impressed! They played it in between our sets all night, so I guess the owner was impressed with it too. How can I get a copy? I tried to look for it online, but I had no luck.