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.
Eric DeFade...Sean Jones...Robbie Klein...Roger Humphries..Scott Anderson....Lou Stelute
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I am a professional hockey announcer. A quasi-celebrity in Pittsburgh who is a frustrated/closet/shower Jazz singer. I have been following the Jazz scene in PIttsburgh since the late seventies. I really became immursed in the early 90's when the Balcony was Pittsburgh's finest jazz venue. I am proud to call many of Pittsburgh's Jazz musicians my friends.
My brother Dan is a very good rock/blues guitarist who once played in a band with Kenny Blake called King Solomon. My dad was an avid jazz listener and he is the main reason love music so much. I have an extensive Jazz record collection and because I travel for work, I have the privelege of visiting Jazz venues around the US and Canada. Nothing beats the Jazz scene in New York however. In 1976 I produced a Mark Murphy concert at Kent State University. I have always wanted to produce a Jazz record and will get around to doing so one of these days. See ya at the club!
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I am a huge pens fan and I heard you talking about chartering home from Canada. I am an aviation advisor from JetHub Aviation and being a big fan would love to arrange your next and future flights at discounted prices..E-mail me your next trip and I will give you the best quote possible.
Hi Paul...it's so nice to hear from you. I will send you my schedule of events and would love to see you. I am working around the playoffs, now...I've been singing during games, while watching you on the tube...:-) I can't wait to hear your CD. I want to go to a playoff game!
See you soon! Donna
Hi Paul, thanks so much for being at Molly Brannigans after the Pens game and listening to The Corned Beef and Curry Band. And special thanks for requesting to "Hear more violin stuff..." I hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back for more soon. Of course, my wife gave me hell for not introducing her to you as she is a huuuuge Pens fan and would have much more enjoyed talking hockey than listening to her husband play (again, and again)... BTW, there's always room for a Hockey Broadcaster and Closet Jazz Singer on our stage. "Scotch and Soda" anyone?
Welcome Paul! Lean back and reach out to the many members on this site...and learn from all they have to share...and there's a ton of experience and talent out there...truly! Nice to see a former KSU'er out there too...I graduated from there in '69 with my BFA...was photo editor of the Chestnut Burr and Art Director for the KSU Literary mag...and still keep in touch with many of my compatriots from then...photo'd lots of mayhem there too...mmmm DUCK!...oops sorry just a reflex...ran the Dept of Journ. darkrooms too up in Taylor too...quite a time indeed...HAPPY NEW YEAR!....be well be safe and spread some joy, joazz, and good cheer here...here's a pic of me taken in '67 age 23 by my friend David King...peace 'bro...bc
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