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.
Start your weekend with a song or two by one of Pittsburgh's most engaging performers. Jazz in any language with Spanish guitar and Afro Cuban percussion is the perfect complement to your busy weekend. No cover, great bartender and great light menu. See you in Pittsburgh, where the music flows and the drummer knows just what you need.See More
Hosted by Daniel May & Tania Grubbs, this week we have Dave Pellow bass, George C. Jones on congas! Bring tunes to shed and share, back by a fantastic rhythm section. Spread the word. Fun Night of music.
It's FAT TUESDAY and the Second Line Mardi Gras Allstars return again to The Thunderbird Cafe. Join us for a NO COVER NITE of New Orleans R&B and Funk with John Pergal, Mark Perna, Jason Hamilton, Steve Delach and Bill MarucaSee More
Lee Robinson TrioLee Robinson, tenor & soprano saxophones / Ken Berger, piano / Mark Perna, bass + SPECIAL GUEST VOCALISTS : Genie WalkerSteve JacksonOlga WatkinsTim StevenThomas Reilly$10, Students $5 See More
January 15, 2011 from 7pm to 9pmJazz Concert Nights with Lee Robinson saxes, Ken Berger keyboard, and Mark Perna, acoustic bass at Christine Frechard Gallery Jazz art form , original music in an art surrounding.January 15, Saturday, 7 pm 5871 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill), PA 15217 PH. 412 421 8888See More
BLUES ORPHANS begin the 2011 season with a triumphant return to the Penn Brewery. They are scheduled to be there on the first Friday of every month of this year. 800 Vinial StreetPittsburgh, PA 15212-5151See More
December 18, 2010 at 9pm to December 19, 2010 at 1am
The first Yinzide Out showcase on Oct 23rd at this quaint venue in Pittsburgh's Dormont section proved to be a big hit. So big, that the venues owner wants the excitement back for his birthday party. Instrumentalists come out & sit-in and wish the proprietor of R Bar a Happy Birthday.We're gonna party like it's Your Birthday!…See More
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