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.
Home Cookin' straight from the Hill. Where the Enchantment,was always a Shirl,where Sister Sadie with Cool Eyes lived. With Speculation, the Melancholy Mood,kept it Ah! So, hip. The Outlaw, and Barbara, a Calcutta Cutie, found out they where Kissin' Cousins. Sweet Stuff if you are from Nutville,but Strange Vibes, when you go Strollin' through the Hill.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Dr. Nelson Harrison, Mr William (Bill Lewis),the Awesome and wonderful Talent of Ms Sandy Dowe, and the magnificent Bass playing of Rodney Williams
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ 90.5 What Else!! Duhhhaa
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Jazz In The Parks. Schenley, Highland, River View, etc
If You don't know who my Favorite Pianist and jazz composer is, then you don't need to Know. I'm a Virgo! Yeah! now Where You At???
Artist or Fan
artist, fan, student
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I can't tell you how delighted I am that you joined us. I think if you look around, you'll see many dimensions of great Pittsburgh art and experience here. I loved your Horace Silver references. You don't have an idea what chord that struck with me but you will find out very shortly.
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