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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.

 

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Born and raised in Brownsville, PA; Played a lot of music, with many wonderful people in the 'Burgh.
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Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Eric Kloss, my boyz Lash and Braham, Ms. Staley, Joe Negri, Dave Budway, Tain, Vinnie Colaiuta and SO many others...
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Are there any left??? Thank you Guillifty's...
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Jazz has always been a major love of mine. I stumbled into film production; I've been a Film Producer for quite a while now. Thanks to the talents of some amazing musicians, I'm loving music production again...I still attempt to play the B3 and piano, and I compose (myself and tunes...).
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Master guitarist RANDY JOHNSTON's new CD: "People Music"

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 6:26pm 0 Comments

Now available at www.RandomActRecords.com ----- "People Music" an amalgam of Jazz, Rock, Funk and Soul, featuring master guitarist Randy Johnston, Hammond organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre, Jr.

 

Great, memorable originals by Randy, plus covers of tunes by Chick Corea, Mose Allison and Eddie Harris. Randy makes his vocal debut on 2 tunes!

 

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LARRY CORYELL and KENNY DREW, Jr. - New Release from Random Act Records

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 1:31am 0 Comments

Hello Jazz Listeners!

 

We are very proud to announce that the new set of sizzling, sublime duets, DUALITY,  from legendary guitarist Larry Coryell and virtuoso pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. is now available from Random Act Records (www.RandomActRecords.com).

 

This Enhanced CD (a "making of Video" is on the CD) features three originals from each artist and great standards like "The Night has 1000 Eyes," "Silver's Serenade"…

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At 1:36am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
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At 3:06am on June 20, 2008, Phil The Knight said…
Hi Scott,

Is this the famous Scott Elias who use to shake down some of the finest cutting B3 blues I've ever had the pleasure of playing with? If you go to my myspace (the link is on my page here) you'll probably recognize 3 of the songs I have posted. I posted these old cassette recordings because it'll be 30 years this year. All 3 are from the 1978 New Years Eve party at the Parkway Tavern in Monroeville.

Take care old friend,
Phil
At 12:18pm on May 9, 2008, Hakim Law said…
Hey buddy. Remember me. How are you? I have heard some great things about you as a person and your career. I am so happy to hear you decided to stick with music, especially jazz. Jazz is the poorman's classical music and the poorman is usually the wiser because he has to struggle for what he accomplishes with no money and you learn to appreciate the gift the creator has bestowed upon you. Did I say that?!! Hahahahaha.....oh yeh, I still have things to laugh at even at 56 Scott, right? Like how mixed up this country's priorities are: create more art and protect that with guns and heavy artlillery, how about that? Anyway?

Hit me back. I'm doing alot of Hammond organ in church, but not much jazz on it though. But I enjoy playing jazz on it too, praise the Lord. Hey man, I really wish we could hang out sometime and shed together. I am one of the top pianist, arrangers, producer, musical directors, etc here in Boston. If you ever need my help, you know you have it hometown! I actually stumbled upon Jeff Lashway at Gulliptys when I was home in February 08. I asked him about you and he told me you were in Florida. At Berklee, Vinnie has made a name for himself as well as Moi. I toured with the Drifters, Platters, Coasters, many more as MD worldwide. I currently play church services ( no real jazz spots anymore ), solo piano at Restaurants and vocal jazz and pop, and occasionally I play alot of corporate parties jazz trio and quartet. You can go to www.youtube.com and put in: Hakim Law. or Jazzmen Productions. I'm just learning all of this digital stuff, so it's definitely not production quality but you can hear me. Scott if there's anything down that way you can use me on, let's network ok? I love you man. The Ville!!!!!

Hakim Law
At 6:13am on May 6, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
Hi Scott,
Long time no see! Glad you joined the PJN. When are you coming back for a visit to the "Burg"? Please keep in touch. I have some pictures of us when we opened for Tony Bennett for the Heart Fund Ball that we did. I'll have to look for them and send them to you. Send me your email address in a message when you have time.
Take Care Scott,
Michele
At 8:22pm on May 5, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Dol?
At 12:19pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
Things are great, shoot me an email when your going to be in the burg
At 2:55am on May 2, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks Scott,

Please invite any other sojourners like yourself to re-connect. this is the 250th Anniversary of the Burgh and it will be nice to do some catching up.
At 6:51am on April 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Scot,

so glad you joined us. There are many of your old friends here who will be glad to re-connect with you. Browse the members tab and see and then add them as friends. As soon as you post a picture, I'll feature you.

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