PROGRESSIVE MUSIC COMPANY

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

BOYS CHOIR AFRICA SHIRTS
 
 
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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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Interval at Ava Lounge: Monday night Jam Sessions approaches 4th year.

Jazz finds a new home at Ava Lounge
Monday, August 13, 2007

Sitting in a chair just outside the entrance of the Ava Lounge, Garland Rose is reminded of the old days when clubs dotted the streets of East Liberty and the energy and sounds of trumpets and trombones, saxophones and drums filled the air in a joyful…

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Band salutes Walt Harper in Highland Park concert

Monday, August 13, 2007

 

Rebecca Droke, Post-Gazette …

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Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude



Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 8, 2011 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh

Howdy,

My first blog post on the "Network", whoo hoo! (thank you, thank you very much) Just wanted to make sure everybody knows about this new grant program, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh. Obviously, jazz qualifies! I think it's exciting and important for us to help this program succeed by stepping up to the plate, submitting strong applications to match strong programs.

 

First deadline is February 14. Check out the info here:…

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Added by Maggie Johnson on January 8, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

International Mural to tour around the world since September 11, 2011.

 



By the way, I was invited to take part with my work in an international mural which will tour around the world since September 11, 2011. It will travel from Ontario to Italy (Rome), stopping at New York,New Jersey,  somewhere in Florida, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, France and the UK.



Each artist will be assigned a piece of the giant puzzle to make use of a specific colour range and then the…

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on January 4, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Searching for info

My name is Christopher Spencer. My father was a Jazz Musician in Pittsburgh named Scipio Spencer. He passed away in 1997, at that time I had moved to Houston Tx. Im trying to find out information on just how involved and what impact my Father had on the Jazz scene in the city. My father played the piano, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps in that area. If there is anyone out there that may have known my father and might can give me some insight on this matter please contact…

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Dr. Billy Taylor: You Know How It Feels To Be Free

This piece was posted on my friend Dr. Mark Anthony Neal's blog and posted to the Soul Patrol Daily Digest which I receive

 

Dr. Billy Taylor: You Now Know How It Feels to be Free

by Onaje Allan Gumbs

http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/12/onaje-allan-gumbs-reflects-on-dr-billy.html



Dr. Billy Taylor was a mentor and a…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 4, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Dr. Billy Taylor RIP

There are two excellent pieces about Dr. Taylor. I had written a piece about him in the Courier but can't locate it at the moment. I'm also very surprised that no one up to this point has written anything about him on this Jazz Network. Shame on you all.

 

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This following article was sent to me today by my friends Mr. Fred Logan and Mensah Wali. It is by Stanley Crouch who I usually don't agree with but I'm in agreement here.

 

Billy…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 4, 2011 at 2:38am — No Comments

Teena Marie passes away

I wanted to announce the death of Teena Marie, she was found dead by her daughter on Sunday the 27th. I met Teena when I was on tour in Europe a few years back and I have to say she was truly a cool person.  The time I spent with her was like hanging out with an older sister, she was quick witted, soft spoken, and full of musical knowledge. The genius she possessed paralleled that of Prince and she was truly a force to be reckoned with.  May her soul be blessed!

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on December 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Indie Top 50 Vol. 8





The Indie Top 50 Vol. 8





CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OR STREAM THIS MIXTAPE FOR FREE!









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Obituary: John Clifford Mosley, Jr. / Multitalented musician from Wilkinsburg

Dec. 7, 1950 - Dec. 15, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette squirrel

Whether it was as the man blowing the horn on the record or the mentor bringing the talent out of a young musician, John Clifford Mosley Jr. made his mark.

You can still…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 20, 2010 at 12:46pm — 8 Comments

Nedw Cd

THE NEW MUSIC i ADDED (i DON'T HAVE MY GLASSES ON,. IS FROM MY NEW COMPLETED AND NOT RELEASED CD "A TEASTE OF ANNIE" IT WAS ORIGINNALLY INTENDED TO BE A LOCAL SHOWCASE, DUE TO MY SPARSE GIG CALENDAR, BUT I HAVE BEEN GETTING A GREAT RESPONSE TO THE FIRST CUTS, SO I HAD IT MASTRERED AND I WILL MOST LIKELY PUT IT ON I TUN ES AS SOON AS I CHECK OUT THE CR'/S ETC.

MEANWHILE, I COULDN'T THINK OF ANY OTHERS i WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH! THAN MY PEERS.

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Hope Digital Series (2010): Samples

Oir el Silencio ( Watercolor II- (Lighten II Marble II-Reflection )…



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Frank McGowan makes his transition

Today I got this email from Ken and Felicia. Very sad news.

My friend, mentor and fellow board member, saxophonist Frank McGowan has passed. Mr. Frank was very suportive in my efforts to have music in the communities and came to every Jazz Fan Appreciation event he could make it too. My last time seeing him play was at this year's Kenny Fisher Memorial Jam Session. And what a smokin' session that was! You had to be there.

He was also very commited to the music as most of you…

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Added by Kevin Amos on December 15, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

AN UPRIGHT CITY: Pittsburgh and the Jazz Bass

Our city's jazz legacy is well-established. Today, being more specific, Richard Frushell honors players of the 'big wood' -- the keepers of the rhythm that Pittsburgh has produced in multitudes

Sunday, December 12, 2010 By Richard Frushell Stacy Innerst/Post-Gazette

Scotty Hood, an exceptional jazz bassist from Green Tree, died in October. His passing led me to think that the second generation of fine Pittsburgh jazz bassists is…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 14, 2010 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

Jimmy's "flicks" for P N J

I'll soon be e-sending you photos I took many years ago in Pitt. on "The Avenue"/outside The Hurricane,w/Lou Donaldson,Peck Morrison,Jimmy Johnson(Cootie Williams band),etc;also,I took photos of Annie Ross & her son,Kenny Clarke(Spearman) Jr.,w/Mr. & Mrs. Charles Spearman,brother & sister-in-law of Kenny"Klook" Clarke.

Added by James E.Wormworth,Sr. on December 13, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Old Friends

Gary I want to congratulate you on taking over the Miller band I don't know if you remember playing in Christ Methodist church with me my son your dad on piano. Your dad was mybest friend and we talked for hours on the phone and had breakfast together many times. I have also had lunch with your brother Bill and Nancy si I have kept incontact with your family for the most part. I played in the Miller band for a few months in 1975 until i moved to Virginia for my day job. By the way I have a…

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Added by Troy W Campbell on December 12, 2010 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh native new leader of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

ON THE ROAD
with your favorite bands
Brought to you by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., the owner and operator of

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra…
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Added by Gary Tole on December 11, 2010 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

Help out those less fortunate than yourselves

Time: December 18, 2010 from 3pm to 6:30pm

Location: Thunderbird Cafe / Lounge

Organized By: Kevin Amos



Event Description:

Start your Saturday off with a Jazz session at the Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge from 3-6:30PM. Now a weekly event, it's the perfect way to get your musical groove on. Our next session is today, December 11 and on December 18th. Cover is $4 fothe general public, $3 for all Jazz Network members and $1 for musicians sitting in

Hi everyone. Next…

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Added by Kevin Amos on December 11, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

2 Shows Tomorrow, New Holiday EP released, & Pgh City Paper says I'm Number 2!

Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa!



I've said it before and I'll say it again, especially now, because I have a NEW trio of songs I hope you will purchase for your Holiday enjoyment! You can buy the downloads right now for only $5.

The new ep is called "Phat Man Dee and friends, Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol. 1" and is available RIGHT NOW online!!



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