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.
Dr. Hariston, Dr. James Johnson, Dr. Calvin Stemley , Ms. Pamela Johnson, Dr. Nathan Davis and all my fellow musicians of the greater Pgh area including Howie Alexander.
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
The Afro American Music Institute
Peace, my name is Charles Lumpkins and I taught Saxophone and Flute at AAMI for eight years. Currently I reside in Ontario, Ca with my lovely wife Remelle and we are happy for Tommy and Kelly Lumpkins and there work on the Jawan Harris Project. Go to youtube Jawan Harris and the song Nobody written by Tommy Lumpkins and Harmony from London England. In four days this song has over 680,000 hits. still play all my instruments and my granddaughter, Naekisha Pick is playing tne local Honors Band on flute. Peace
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A `hands on` mentor for a lot of Harrisburg area performers and still a role model for I! We resided iat different times andreasonsn Pgh and ran into the same jazz folks. Look forward to hearing all your family offerings andtaking our culture futher.Nothing but LOVE! Now in the Pgh area enjoying my family and friends along wqith the AAMI ambpriud of your accomplishments!- your cous- kevin hurst- forever your student
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