Those of you of a certain age who are natives of the Mon Valley will remember when we didn't have GetGo or Sheetz, or even 7-Eleven in most of the area. (I can think of only a handful until recently, when 7-Eleven took over a bunch of locations from other companies.) We had "Stop-N-Go," "Open Pantry," "Spee-D Mart," "Clover Farm Stores" and even a few "Li'l General" stores.
The Clover Farms were little full-service… Continue
Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 5:11am —
With the trumpet at his lips
Has dark moons of weariness
Beneath his eyes
Where the smoldering memory
Of slave ships
Blazed to the crack of whips
About his thighs...
From the trumpet at his lips
Mixed with fire.
From the trumpet at his lips
Distilled from old… Continue
Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 4:00am —
4.1 GATEWAY: HAROLD BETTERS, WALT HARPER, AND OTHERS
The prosperity of Pittsburgh’s jazz scene continued through the early and mid 1960s. This prosperity was augmented by the beginnings of a more visible jazz recording industry, spearheaded almost single-handedly by the Gateway label. Jazz on Gateway was actually a relatively small portion of the label’s output, as the company issued records in many genres, most notably Eastern European folk music through an extended series of… Continue
Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 3:07am —
Betters brings sweet sounds to museum
By Dawn Law, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, February 21, 2005
About the writer
Dawn Law is a stringer for the Tribune-Review.
If you can feel the music, then it is real.
During Harold Betters' five decades in the music business, he has appeared on television, played from the Apollo to the Super Bowl and made numerous recordings that can be heard on jazz radio.
Betters has worked with Slide… Continue
Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 2:53am —
Fine swing and big band trombonist, well schooled in all the tricks of the trade, among them vocal effects, flashy phrasing and rapid-fire lines. He was also an excellent section player, and handled bop as well. Betters recorded a number of albums in the early and mid-'60s, one a surprising two-trombone date with Slide Hampton in 1965. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 2:27am —
had valve replacement surgery yesterday....please keep him in your thoughts....he is in the V.A. hospital
Added by bob studebaker on March 26, 2009 at 3:34pm —
The June 5 House Concert featuring Musique Noire has been postponed. The homeowner received a work assignment overseas. She is still anxious to have the concert, so stay tuned for a rescheduled date!
Added by Musique Noire on March 23, 2009 at 11:28pm —
Hi Kennard Williams, I am the brother of your School chum, Susan (Carroll) Patterson 1963 Class of Schenley and I have been a Jazz Fiend for over 50 years and sorry to see the old Jazz clubs closed in Pittsburgh, but I know you are doing your best to keep it going on. I noticed that you didn't mention the number one Jazz Hammond organist Gene Ludwig and I think he is one of the greatest Jazz organ players. Later, Mohammad Abdul-Aziz
Added by Mohammad Abdulaziz on March 23, 2009 at 1:43pm —
Friday March 27
7:30 & 9:00 PM - The George Dulin Group
George Dulin - Piano , David Smith - Trumpet , Karel Ruzicka - Tenor Sax , Nir Felder - Guitar , Dan Zanker - Bass , Jordan Perlson - Drums
10:30 & 12:00 AM - The Legendary Freddie Redd Sextet featuring Chris Byars, Brad Linde, John Mosca
Freddie Redd - Piano , Chris Byars - Alto Sax , Brad Linde - Tenor Sax… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 23, 2009 at 6:00am —
The topic and question for one of our forums reads:
THE DESTINY OF LIVE MUSIC VENUES: What is happening to live music venues locally and nationally and why? Are live musicians an endangered species or will we stand up and fight back? Weigh in!
I found that topic interesting but found I had to read between the lines a bit. I can see the Music Center with Disney Hall from my high-rise in LA where the Philharmonic and other classical groups play to large audiences and can… Continue
Added by Janie Gust on March 22, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Hi all. Having at least temporarily given up trying to make a living in Pittsburgh, I've returned to the "Motherland" of jazz...New Orleans. I've been back about 2 weeks and things are looking good. I'm definitely loving the weather this time of year, before the heat and humidity settle in! I went to a concert at Loyola, about 5 minutes from where I live that featured the senior class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (monsters all) as well as Bill Summers, Nick Payton, Herlin Riley, and Ellis… Continue
Added by Jeff Lashway on March 22, 2009 at 4:09pm —
Seems difficult to find the listings of the players on my tracks here.
I want to credit the amazing players on these tracks :
On Yesterdays, It Could Happen, 'Round Midnight, Farmer's Market, Time's Lie-
Piano- Don Grolnick
, Bass- Steve LaSpina
, Drums- Peter Erskine
soprano sax on Time's Lie
- Arnie Lawrence
percussion on Time's Lie- Gordon Gottlieb
Guitar on Comesar De Novo
- Saul… Continue
Added by Devorah Segall on March 20, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I heard some Sean Jones on WDNA – FM in Miami yesterday afternoon. I listen to the station online here in Pittsburgh at www.wdna.org. What a blast. The afternoon DJ even mentioned that the trumpeter was a professor at Duquesne University.
Now, I can’t say for a fact that WDUQ has never played Sean Jones, but I’ve never heard his music on the station. For that matter, I’ve barely heard any local jazz artists getting any play on DUQ ever. Why is that? Whenever I tune in, they are… Continue
Added by Slaglerock on March 20, 2009 at 1:50am —
"You've Got Me"
Over the years, musical geniuses such as Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, John Pattatucci to name a few have advanced the technique of utilizing the bass, not only as a root instrument, but also to hold together the melody of a song. With this influence, I was challenged to do so within the genre of my own musical accomplishments. Fundamentally, the bass was always the instrument that held together the root… Continue
Added by Benjy Myaz on March 19, 2009 at 9:30pm —
The Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh's 3rd ANNUAL PITTSBURGH PROGRESSIVE WOMAN AWARDS – 2009 - Saturday, March 28th - 3:00 –6:00pm / Tana Ethiopian Restaurant, 5929 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh / East Liberty ... and the winners are: CARMEN ROBINSON, TONYA PAYNE, SHEILA BEASLEY - join us as we honor these women for Women's History Month. $20 / $25 at door. 412-464-0321 for tickets.
Added by Dessie Bey on March 19, 2009 at 6:33pm —
September 27, 2008
By DENNIS HEVESI
Marpessa Dawn, who played the beautiful, melancholic and doomed Eurydice in the classic 1959 Brazilian movie “Black Orpheus,” died on Aug. 25 at her home in Paris. She was 74.
The cause was a heart attack, her daughter Dhyana Kluth said.
Ms. Dawn’s death followed by 41 days that of her “Black Orpheus” co-star, Breno Mello, who played the title role. The family did not publicly announce the death until this… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 17, 2009 at 4:41pm —
IAY NOT HAVE A COMPUTER FOR 10 DAYS, SO PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU NEED ME AT 4124215217
Added by Anne Annie Friedland on March 17, 2009 at 2:05am —
Musique Noire has been added to the playlist of the college radio station at the University of Detroit Mercy. We are featured on the "Key of Gee Jazz Break" hosted by Gisele "Gee" Carver:
You can listen to the episode that features Leslie DeShazor Adams' tune "Hodgepodge" here:
This broadcast also features a tune ("If… Continue
Added by Musique Noire on March 15, 2009 at 10:59pm —
If photos could speak, this one would have quite a story to tell:
The year was 1952. Marilyn Monroe, a rising star along with clothing designer William Travilla were seated at a table in a South Central Los Angeles nightclub (as reported by one of the news sources) along with what I would have to call an extremely handsome black man looking square into the camera. According to the brief news clip I heard, Marilyn's handlers were… Continue
Added by Janie Gust on March 14, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Dr. Linick is a colleague of mine for over 20 years. He offers a perspective on Web 2.0 that is easy to grasp and important for all to understand. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is a Web 2.0 network.
How does Google offer "the world's knowledge" to searchers for free and still make more than 10 billion in revenue, grow 68%, and have a stock market valuation of close to $200… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 14, 2009 at 3:59pm —