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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

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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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Honorable Mary Williams

Added by Lady Blues Jacqueline Amos on May 17, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Killa Fresh - Real Repty 2 Mixtape

Killa Fresh has a new mixtape out titled "Real Repty 2". East Oakland, California rap artist Killa Fresh links up with the infamous DJ_J12 to deliever some intense street…
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Added by Gansta Marcus on April 24, 2015 at 3:31am — No Comments

Prelude to Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday

The Ultimate Jazz Fans: Jack Towers and Dick Burris

Jack Towers and Dick Burris had been thinking about the logistics of their plan for a year and as the details crystalized, their novel idea neared reality.  On November 7th, 1940 the two young men would define…

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Added by Melissa Jones on April 24, 2015 at 12:24am — No Comments

Hey Phat Chick! Video Premiere, Unity Concert, goin' outta tahn w/ Kabarett and Ka-Blam!

Hey friends!

I gave you incorrect info in my last email/post! I said I had a Video Premiere tonight at Blue Moon, Sat April 18.... AND IT WAS ALL LIES AND PROPAGANDA! It's TOMORROW!

So, here is a list of some incredible events I am part of this week and next, I hope you can come, and my show schedule is popping, so check my reverbnation profile for the most up to date info about my appearances!…



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Added by Phat Man Dee on April 18, 2015 at 8:24pm — No Comments

¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II

 

¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on April 15, 2015 at 1:42am — No Comments

  All Friends ,  ¨Happy Easter 2015 ¨ The Long-Awaited Tidings ( DifferenceIV-Licuado Destello)Chica  

 

All Friends ,

 ¨Happy Easter 2015 ¨…

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on April 5, 2015 at 8:23am — No Comments

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta (Pt. 1)

 POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2010 BY THE INDEPENDENT EAR Guitarist-educator, and now author, Pascal (Bokar) Thiam aims to broaden the historical timeline of blues and jazz well beyond the romantic notion of ‘up the Mississippi from New Orleans…’ Though I had the pleasure of spinning Pascal’s in-performance ’07 CD Savannah Jazz Club on radio, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him until about two months ago at the first in a series of book signing & reading events for African Rhythms: the…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 5, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Billie Holiday Centennial

April 7th marks the centennial celebration of the incomparable Billie Holiday. Her genius remains the foundation for jazz vocalists and her legacy reigns supreme.

The Swing Song Tradition 

By the early 1930's, the Jazz Age was coming to an end. The 2/4, oomp-pah rhythm of the 1920's was giving way to the smoother, more elastic rhythm of the Swing Era. Benny Goodman officially got the ball rolling at the Palomar; but the Jazz Age Orchestra had left a…

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Added by Melissa Jones on April 3, 2015 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Springtime means LOTSA gigs!

Friends.... please allow me to say, I am honored and blessed and overwhelmingly grateful to all the support you all showed me during my supremely intense kickstarter campaign..... which was SUCCESSFUL! This summer I am going to Europe to sing at the World Body Painting Festival in A…

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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 31, 2015 at 9:52pm — No Comments

¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II

 

Confessions Of A Broken Heart. ( difference hard light screen Inv.Polar)…

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 20, 2015 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Nieman Marcus Ft Free-Doe - Slick Rick Remix

The producer out of Lima, Ohio @ganstamarcus decides to release a new track off the "Slick Rick" up and coming album titled "Slick Rick" featuring…
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Added by Gansta Marcus on March 18, 2015 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Theodore "Cuban" Bennett

Roy Eldridge indicated "Cuban" Bennett (from McDonald PA and Benny Carter's cousin) was an incredible trumpet player. Anyone who catches Roy's ear must have something to say and I wonder if anyone on the Pgh. Jazz Network ever heard him play (as he died in 1965) or has any extensive biographical data?

Added by Melissa Jones on March 14, 2015 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Once, there was a little phat girl, and she had a very big dream!

Right now....in a land known as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there sits, at her 12 year old desktop imac, a little phat girl who has dreamed of singing in Europe for the past 25 years. Since the birth of her dream, she has studied and made music with Pittsburgh jazz greats, ballet orchestra cellists, vocal teachers of great renown, medieval German bagpipers, Afro Cuban dance bands, Puerto Rican bomba bands, Egyptian classical and electronic composers, Middle Eastern master percussionists, Afro…

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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 13, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

New Rewards on my Kickstarter! New Gigs Announced!

I swear to you, asking for help is the most humbling thing I have ever done. And then, receiving it, even more so. I am blessed with the love and support of some incredible fans. I am grateful to live in a world where so many kind people respect me and my work. I have raised over 1/3 of the monies I need to take my music to Europe and…
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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 4, 2015 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Pioneers of African American Entertainment in Pittsburgh

Pioneers of African American Entertainment in Pittsburgh

Prepared by Dr. Theodora D. Cotton *

We are indebted to Frank E. Bolden who graciously granted an interview on a Sunday evening for this information. Mr. Bolden, who is an authority on African American history in Western Pennsylvania, is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical commission and the History and Landmarks Foundation. Born and educated in Western…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 1, 2015 at 8:14am — 4 Comments

Clark Terry

Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 3:00pm - Tue, 24 Feb 2015, 3:00pm
Join us as we honor the life and work of Clark Terry, who passed away on Saturday,…
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Added by Melissa Jones on February 22, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Fred Staton's 100th Birthday Gig

Last night, (February, 14th) Fred Staton celebrated his 100th birthday!  WOW!  Not only was Fred present at Local 802 to enjoy the celebration, he PLAYED! Happy 100th Birthday Fred Staton! 

Added by Melissa Jones on February 15, 2015 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Lordy Lordy Phat Man Dee's 40!

Friends! I do not know how this has happened.... I have been told that time waits for no Mandee.... and while that was fine by me, as I believe that time is cyclical, everything just comes around and as long as you know the chords, the improv will fall in and around as it desires.... but sometimes you must not ignore the call to get yourself to the gig on time, and it is in…

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Added by Phat Man Dee on February 13, 2015 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Tony Campbell and Jazz Surgery

I would like to thank Tony Campbell and Jazz Surgery for the opportunity this past Saturday at The Village Tavern. Two years ago I did not play an instrument. Six months ago I did not own a jazz tune. Tony invited me to sit-in on the drums and we played Moanin' by the late great Art Blakey. What a thrill playing with such great musicians. If you have not been to The Village Tavern to see Tony and the band on Saturdays from 5 - 7:30 please get there. Also, thanks to drummer Kevin Hindes for…

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Added by Charlie Becker on February 9, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Partial listing of members of the East Liberty Wall of Fame.

East Liberty's Wall of Fame Monday, May 07, 2001 Here are some notable people from "Greater East Liberty" whose photos are part of the East Liberty Gallery of Stars collection at the East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce. (The full list is on the East Liberty branch library Web site: http://www.clpgh.org/clp/EL/elib.html.) 1. George S. Kaufman (1889-1961) -- One of the most successful Broadway playwright-directors of the 20th century.…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 6, 2015 at 9:06pm — 2 Comments

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