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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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, Parlan to 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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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October 2011 Blog Posts (21)

I had announced a few months ago that I am teaching at Bentley and Romito music studio in Irwin, along with Kenny Blake and some of the best musicians in the city. The studio has a new website up in …

I had announced a few months ago that I am teaching at Bentley and Romito music studio in Irwin, along with Kenny Blake and some of the best musicians in the city. The studio has a new website up in which you can read instructor bios,sign up for lessons,post blogs, and get a peak into the lesson rooms and recording studio. Stop by and check out the site at BentleyandRomito.com. Continue

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on October 29, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Music History Piano Week II - Honoring Henry Mancini

Pittsbugh Music

Pittsburgh Music History Piano Week II

Celebrating Pittsburgh's Many Great Jazz and Classical Pianist

Honoring a pianist who got his start playing ethnic weddings in Aliquippa

Henry Mancini…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 29, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Honoring Jazz and Classical Pianist David Budway

Pittsburgh Music History - Piano Week II

Honoring Jazz and Classical Pianist

David Budway

David has a new CD Release "A New Kiss" and

has toured with Hubert Laws and Liza Minnelli this…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 28, 2011 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Piano Week - Honoring Concert Pianist and EMI Recording Artist - Awadagin Pratt

Pittsburgh Music History Piano Week II

Honoring Awadagin Pratt

Celebrating Piano Week II: At the recommendation of Dr. Nelson Harrison we are honoring pianist Awadagin Pratt.  Born in Pittsburgh he began his piano studies here at age 6.  Winning the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition he quickly became an…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 27, 2011 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Piano Week II - Honoring Patricia Prattis Jennings

                       Honoring PSO and Solo Pianist 

                           Patricia Prattis Jennings…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 25, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Piano Week - Honoring Virtuoso Earl Wild

Pittsburgh Piano Week II

Celebrating the Immense Talent Earl Wild…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 24, 2011 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

Honoring Oscar Levant - The foremost interpreter of Gershwin's Piano Works

Pittsburgh Piano Week Part II

Honoring Oscar Levant

The foremost Interpretor of Gershwin's Piano Works…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 23, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Savoy Jazz Night

Wow! What a night, it just keeps getting better!  I want to thank everyone who attended Jazz Night @ Savoy this past Monday, Oct. 17th.  Etta Cox was the featured guest artist and she did a fantastic job!  The sheer joy that was generated by the music, the restaurant, the food, the crowd; everything, was a thrill to behold.  I don't have the words to tell you how much it means to me to see just how ecstatic people are who have experienced a night of jazz @ Savoy.  I have been so blessed in…

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Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 19, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

41st Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

Hi everyone!! The first weekend in November is one of the musical highlights of the year when the University of Pittsburgh presents the internationally acclaimed Jazz seminar and concert.

This is a unique event because no other college or university does this IN THE WORLD.

 

Here is the press release for the event this year.

 

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One of the region’s premier jazz events celebrates 41 years this…

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Added by Kevin Amos on October 18, 2011 at 2:26am — No Comments

Honoring Johnny Costa - Pittsburgh's Art Tatum

Pittsburgh Music History Piano Week Day 8

  (Since the Beatles said there's 8 days a week....we added a bonus day to honor one more)

Johnny Costa…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Honoring Ahmad Jamal

Piano Week Day 7

Celebrating the Jazz Piano Capital of the World - Pittsburgh

Honoring the Clemente of Jazz Piano

Ahmad Jamal

Pittsburgh Music History Ahmad Jamal Profile…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Teenie Harris exhibit, Gala

Written by Christian Morrow - Courier Staff Writer

Friday, 14 October 2011 10:13



A new exhibit celebrating the work of Pittsburgh Courier photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris is scheduled for a gala opening this month at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.



Among those attending the Friday, Oct. 28 opening for “Teenie Harris, Photographer,” will be actor Bill Nunn, whose father and grandfather, both editors for the Courier, worked with Harris in his heyday. Nunn… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 15, 2011 at 3:06am — 2 Comments

Honoring Dodo Marmarosa - Big Band & Bebop Pioneer

Pittsburgh Music History Piano Week

Honoring Dodo Marmarosa

Big Band Pianist & Bebop Pioneer…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 14, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Honoring Horace Parlan

 

Piano Week Continues on Pittsburgh Music History

Honoring Horace Parlan

Blue Note & Steeplechase Recording Artist

Enjoy his Blue Note recording of…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

¨Hope Digital Series ( 2011): Samples¨

En la espera del mañana ( Destello Deg.Liquad Espejismo Overlay)

 

 

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on October 11, 2011 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Savoy Jazz Night

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who was able to come out to Savoy Restaurant this past Monday (Oct 10) to support Jazz Night at Savoy.  The night was a great success!  It was very well attended.  And everyone there will testify that the night was absolutely magical; Sean Jones is a "monster".  Let's keep it up; attend as often as you can; you won't be disappointed.  And when you can't attend, be sure to send someone else to keep your seat warm :)  See you on the Oct 17 when the special… Continue

Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 11, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Honoring the Quintessential Hard Bop Pianist and Blue Note Artist

Piano Week Continues

Honoring the Quintessential Hard Bop Pianist and Blue Note Artist

Sonnny Clark…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 11, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Piano Week - Honoring Erroll Garner on Pittsburgh Music History

 

                                      Erroll Garner

                  Piano…

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 10, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Savoy Restaurant hosts Jazz on Mondays

My friends and fellow lovers of jazz,

As I’m sure many of you are already aware, I have had the pleasure of creating a jazz night every Monday, starting at 5pm, at one of the most exciting new restaurants in the city, Savoy.

To date, Savoy has hosted 5 Mondays (the first, on August 15, was a preview party).  The first 3 (including the Aug 15 event) were very well attended and everyone I spoke to had a great time and applauded the addition of a jazz night to the Savoy…

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Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 6, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Honoring Pittsburgh born pianist Sonny Clark

 

   Honoring Pianist Sonny Clark

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Added by Paul Carosi on October 3, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

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