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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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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Here is the Ugly

US jazz musicians were drafted into the CIA’s MKULTRA

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Paying Tribute to One of Pittsburgh’s Female Jazz Pioneers

University of Pittsburgh to Host Cyber Symposium on Mary Lou Williams
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The musical brain: Novel study of jazz players shows common brain circuitry processes both music, language

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February 19, 2014
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Montgomery, Carter, Jones, Henderson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame

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Book recalls all-Black Navy band that included trumpeter from Pittsburgh

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Honoring NEA Jazz Master Slide Hampton

Pittsburgh Music History

Honoring Slide Hampton

Born in Jeannette, Pa. Slide began performing…

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New Music from Archie Shepp

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Joe Evans RIP

From soul Patrol.....

Any of you familiar with Joe Evans?



PRESS RELEASE A Wonderful Life - January 20, 2014



Joseph James Evans, age 97, of Richmond, Virginia departed this life

January 17, 2014. Born on October 7, 1916 in Bonifay, Florida, he grew

up in Pensacola where his love of music was fostered. As a young man, he

moved to New York City where his professional career began to flourish.

Between 1939 and 1965, "Joe" Evans performed…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 22, 2014 at 5:29am — 5 Comments

On the Record with Randy Weston

 

"Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: They were not only great musicians. They told the story of African-American life."

Randy Weston

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Renowned jazz pianist, composer Geri Allen assumes the mantle of the Jazz Studies Program

Geri Allen Growing up in Detroit, Geri Allen’s childhood soundtrack was her father’s collection of Charlie Parker records. It was as though her future as a jazz pianist and composer was preordained; and ever since, she has been arranging and re-arranging the notes to reflect the changing verses of her life’s…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2014 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH A LEGEND; CHIZMO CHARLES

Hi Jazz Family,

 

Once again, I want to thank all of you who came out to honor and support Mr. Chizmo Charles Anderson, a true Pittsburgh legend, at Savoy Monday Night Jazz on December 23, 2013. It showed just how many people feel as blessed as I do to have the honor of calling this man, mentor and friend.

 

Due to the fact that many of you, who love this great artist, made me aware that you had lost contact with him and was concerned that he might not even be…

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Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 28, 2013 at 6:41am — 1 Comment

TRIBUTE JAM FOR CHIZMO CHARLES ON DEC 23, 2013

Hey everybody, for this Christmas season, on Monday, December 23rd, I’m really excited and honored to be able to present to you an extra special event at Savoy Monday Night Jazz.

  CHIZMO CHARLES Anderson will be there to sing and enjoy a host of Pittsburgh’s finest artists as they honor him in song!  Chizmo has been a mentor and an inspiration to many singers (myself included) for many years.  He is one our few elders still able to share his music with us, so any…

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Tony Adamo On The Final Best of 2013 List for www.criticaljazz.com!

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1. Marc Carey - For The Love Of Abbey (2)
2. Hristo Vitchev - Rhodopa (3)
3. Tony Adamo - Miles Of Blu
4. Perry Beekman - So In…
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Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Celebration Jan 23, 2014

Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock'N Roll Hall of Fame…

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Christmas Classics from Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Music History

Enjoy delightful holiday music from Pittsburgh musicians

Pittsburgh Christmas Classics…

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Added by Paul Carosi on December 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Pittsburgh's Blues Orphans passionate about singing the Yinzer blues

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Working out at a rehearsal are Blues Orphans, from left, Nelson Harrison, Andy Gabig, Bob Gabig and Dave Erny.

About Bob Karlovits…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 24, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

43rd annual Pitt All-Stars Jazz concert, semin

43rd annual Pitt All-Stars Jazz concert, seminar

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 22, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments

ESCAPE TO LOVE CD RELEASE - Special Event Programming for this addition of Savoy Monday Night Jazz

Hi Everyone,

Please note the following changes/additions for this CD Release edition of Savoy Monday Night Jazz:

  • Two bands will be featured; Roger Humphries’ RH Factor will perform from 6pm to no later than 7:30pm, then at 8:30pm the live performance of the entire album, “Escape To Love” will start and, including one short break, will go until no later than 10pm.

 

  • The upstairs lounge will be open for patrons…
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