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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, Parlan to 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.

 

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A look back

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 3:38am 0 Comments

Here is a recording by and archival pictures of Fate Marable. He has been called the founding of the Pittsburgh jazz piano tradition. This is worth a look and listen.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C42hzhmJ3Yk

Max Adkins

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 8:53pm 2 Comments

Does anyone have any info on Max Adkins. He is mentioned prominently in Henry Mancini's biography but I've found very little else. I'm looking for any info at all.....like where he was born, where he studied and whether or not he was married,...had kids,...and any definite connections to Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn or any one else

 

thanks

an important development

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:59am 19 Comments

For those who haven't heard.....here is a link to the PG's story about the foundations choosing not to act on their option to purchase WDUQ.



post-gazette.com/pg/10160/1064146-53.stm



Many people spoke passionately about the importance they placed on having jazz remain a prominent part of 90.5's programming. This public advocacy was critical to the foundations decision.



This forum provided a place for an important exchange of ideas that helped inform the public dialog… Continue

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At 2:29am on August 2, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks for the question Bob. I learned something new.

Donald Matthew Redman, 29 July 1900, Piedmont, West Virginia, USA, d. 30 November 1964, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted child, alto saxophonist Redman studied extensively and by his graduation had mastered most of the wind instruments and was also adept at arranging. He then joined a territory band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with whom he visited New York. This was in 1923 and by the following year he had begun a musical relationship with Fletcher Henderson that was to alter perceptions of big band jazz. In 1927 he took over leadership of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, continuing to develop the arranging style with which he had experimented while with Henderson.
At 2:06am on June 3, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
Bill Trousdale said… This is a topic many music lovers in Pennsylvania will be discussing. At what point do the wishes of a community affect the owner of a station and the Federal Communications Commission? Where does the foundation for radio “to program in the public interest convenience and necessity" become a vital element of this discussion?
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At 1:24am on June 2, 2010, Bill Trousdale said…
This is a topic many music lovers in Pennsylvania will be discussing. At what point do the wishes of a community affect the owner of a station and the Federal Communications Commission? Where does the foundation for radio “to program in the public interest convenience and necessity" become a vital element of this discussion?

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