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.
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
NICE TO HEAR YOUR NAME. ONE OF THE PIANISTS WHO
HAVE MY RESPECT. HOPE YOU ARE WELL IN CALIF.
I LOVE ALL OF CALIFORNIA. USED TO WORK OFF AND ON
AT "JAZZ AT PEARLS" FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS FOR THE
ORIGINAL OWNER. WORKED WITH MARK LEVINE. GREAT
MUSIC........ HOPE TO SEE AND HEAR YOU IN THE FUTURE.
NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU. ONE OF THE PIANISTS WITH
MY DEEP RESPECT. HOPE YOU ARE WELL. I JUST
LOVE CALIFORNIA. ALL OF IT... WILL BE IN PALM SPRINGS
IN OCTOBER. MY BEST FRIEND LIVES THERE. DID WORK
IN S.F. AT JAZZ AT PEARLS OFF AND ON FOR A FEW YEARS
FOR THE ORIGINAL OWNER. PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS HAVE
HIT THIS BATTERED, OLD SINGER AS FAR AS TRAVELING
GOES.... MY BEST TO YOU...
Thanks for reconnecting
I went to your website- sounds and looks really great!
I've done a lot of studio work (in NY) also.
Would love to do some out here.
You asked have I relocated out here- I guess you could say I'm bi-coastal at this point.
Came to help with family stuff and have been doing some music...would love to do more.It looks like I'll be here for a long while. Going back and forth to NYC as I can...but mostly I'm here for now.
some of my recordings are on my website.
Hope to connect with you in person.
Its been so long- knew you when everyone called me Debby
and I was singing with Ron Fudoli, BillyKuhn, Chris Pangikas..also at the Tender Trap wow)
I know you're somewhere out here in Ca..So am I for a while
You're such a great musician.
would love to hear you and maybe do a gig togetherwhile I'm out here.
I'm in Laguna Woods for a while
There's a cool gig here in Laguna Beach
All the best
No plans in the near future. Since I am working a regular "day gig" it's a little harder for me to travel, although I do from time to time when the digit is right. I am working on a new CD with that singer (Lisa Ferraro). We have been doing a little at a time, so I'm not sure when it will be out. I keep threatening to get back in the studio for a new one for me, but life keeps getting busy on me.
Hi Steve. I hope all is well with you. I have been very busy. Still playing a great deal as well as working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center doing video, graphics and multimedia projects. Playing a lot lately with RH. Hope to see you sometime soon.