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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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Homestead Jazz, Blues, & Arts Festival

Homestead Jazz, Blues, & Arts Festival

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The Coda interview with Ray Crawford | 1980

The Coda interview with Ray Crawford | 1980



H. Ray Crawford | February 2, 1980 | Photo by Mark Weber
H. RAY CRAWFORD: I remember the first impact Charlie Parker made on music. He was playing tenor saxophone with Earl Hines, and all of the guys in the band were so amazed at what was going on when he was playing that they’d just sit there and look at him. They didn’t know what he was playing but they knew it…
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Black Composers Discuss the Role of Race



Great Divide at the Concert Hall

The International Contemporary Ensemble performing the music of Beethoven and the composer and…
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Jazz musician dad of girl killed in Newtown plans album

Aug 8, 2014

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Comments on an exciting, young, entertaining music group: the Blue-hots

What's jazz? It's an innocent enough question.  Get together a dozen 

aficionados who think they know and ask them.  You'll likely end 

up with a dozen different answers.  Is jazz just something made up

on the spot? Can anyone play it? How is it different from pop? 

Can you play it wrong?  Is it for dancing? If the Blue-hots have 

anything to say about it, jazz is an ingredient in a much larger…

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At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

Jul 28, 2014

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Austin Jazz Society Creates Butch Miles ~ Fundraiser Campaign



Butch was diagnosed the first week of March…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 28, 2014 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Exit Interview: Sean Jones

The renowned jazz trumpeter wants Pittsburgh to know, even though he's leaving for a job in Boston, Pittsburgh is still his home

By Zach Brendza @zachbrendza SEAN JONES. 7 p.m. Sat., July 26. Riverview Park, Perry North. Free. 412-255-2493 Related Events Staff Pick Sean Jones @ Riverview Park Sat., July 26, 7 p.m.

Renowned jazz trumpeter Sean Jones came to Pittsburgh in 2004, as an artist in residence at Duquesne University. In his 10 years…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 25, 2014 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Ralph Lalama @ Savoy with the Roger Humphries Trio on 7/21/14

Hi Jazz fans,

Just wanted to do a little extra to make sure that all of you are aware of how special this Monday night at Savoy (7/21/14) is going to be!  Pittsburgh area native, Ralph Lalama will be in town that night to do a special show with Roger Humphries and his trio.  Also, scheduled to sit in for a set with Mr. Lalama is one of the prodigies from Elevations, George Heid lll.  Ralph is well known in historic jazz circles and has played with many legends.  Also, Ralph…

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Bellhop notes William Penn's history and grandeur

\July 6, 2014 12:00 AM…

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Bobby Womack, Singer With Brave 2nd Act, Dies

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 9:02 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 27, 2014 11:55 PM EDT…

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Mary Wilson talks possible Supremes reunion

Jun 22, 2014





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The Headhunters are coming! Mike Clark Bill Summers Tony Adamo

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The Headhunters are coming! The legendary ensemble that redefined funk are finishing work on a new release. Co-leaders Mike Clark & Bill Summers are back! Clark the iconic drummer and architect of the East Bay Funk sound along with esteemed world music guru Bill Summers are adding some new talent to the mix including Nu-jazz vocal visionary Tony…

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David Amram Is Still Grooving to His Own Beat

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 19, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Springtime in Pittsburgh means Jazz, Dance, Video and Phat Man Dee!

Wow.... it's like Bill Peduto got elected to mayor of Pittsburgh, and I've just been sent into this delirious, in between state, of joy and am just now waking up to find that we're all actually living the dream! Ok, maybe it's not like that at all, in reality I've been studying hard at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and working my video internship at Mr Smalls, which has also involved weekly vocal coaching for some young people which has been thoroughly enjoyable,…

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‘Little Jimmy Scott,’ jazzman with ethereal voice, dies

Jun 15, 2014





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Jazz on the Water: Humphries boat ride raises thousands for scholaships

Jun 13, 2014

By Genea L. Webb  

Scholarship winners with Roger Humphries, center, are Sam Harris, left, who won the scholarship two years ago, and Eli Naragon right, who received a scholarship this year. Naragon graduated from Winchester Thurston High School and…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 16, 2014 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Chelsea Davis Ft TY And Nieman Marcus - Voices

+Chelsea Davis releases new music featuring…
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