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.
Nelson Harrison, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown,
Art Blakey, Errol Garner, Mary Lou Williams.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Where are you located?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tell us a little about you....
I am a jazz pianist, singer, and composer in Toronto, as well as a Jazz educator, and member of the IAJE and SOCAN. I completed an ARCT Piano Performance Diploma, a B.Music in jazz piano and composition at Concordia Univerisity, Montreal in 1988, and further graduate studies in Composition and Orchestration at McGill University. I teach piano, jazz and composition to adults.
I perform in Toronto as a vocalist/ pianist/composer, write and arrange, do recording projects,and enjoy all types of Jazz and Blues.
Influences range from Monk to Miles, Holiday to Horn, Gershwin to Ellington, Nina Simone to Gene Harris, to Stevie Wonder, to Joe Sample,
Ramsey Louis, Monty Alexander, Ernestine Anderson, and many more.
My 2009 CD, " Brand New Day" is a collection of songs and compositions which blend jazz. blues, pop, gospel and R & B.
Written, arranged and produced by Kathleen Gorman.
Engineering, mixing, production: Jeremy Darby
Recorded at: Canterbury Studio, Toronto, Ontario, 2008
Musicians: Piano, Rhodes, Vocals: Kathleen Gorman
Bass: Henry Heillig
Guitar: Rob Piltch & Eric St-Laurent
Drums: Ben Riley & Marc Pizer
Percussion: Alan Hetherington
Hammond Organ: Denis Keldie
Saxophone: Colleen Allen
Additional musicians: Brownman Ali: trumpet
Ernesto Cervini: drums, Brendan Davis: bass, Jarek Dabrowski: guitar.
CD available at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/kathleeng http://www.kathleengormanmusic.com
Happy New Year Kathleen!...many successes and goodness's for you and all those around you...love your music....style and thoughtfullness on a roll...gracefully moving through space and time to capture my heart and soul...love to be an echo-ing soft voice in the backround with my old 1913 Frank Holton cornet...it's sotto vocce a whipsper to reinstate the elegance of your themes...
Get to Quebec once and a while ...Toronto every 5 years or so....soo love your music...if you ever need photos....just ask...my best to you ...always b
Thank you for the compliment it's much appreciated. I've been working in throughout Europe for the past 11yrs. now., at the moment
I'm back in USA-Atlanta due to family matter's., I'm looking to start performing here in the states soon. Much success to you as you are
a success....Peace to you
What a pleasure that you want to be my friend, and I hope this will be just the beginning of a great friendship, love your music. Please let's staty in touch......
Habakkuk! Kay Foster Jackson