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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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TURN UP THE HEAT - BNY Mellon presents Michele Bensen & the Bensen Burners

Turn Up the Heat!

ACFL&MH Acquires Rare Collection of

Lincoln Photographs



Programming

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Michele Bensen & the Bensen Burners

Saturday January 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Michele Bensen returns to Carnegie Carnegie Hall bringing

a little sizzle to ease the bleak mid-winter doldrums.

Football is anathema to arts…

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MOZELLE THOMPSON LP Cover Illustrations: 1953 - 1969.

Graphic courtesy J. Malls The Album Art of Mozelle Thompson  /  GRAPHIC COURTESY J. MALLS





Pittsburgh artist Mozelle Thompson subject of retrospective opening this Friday



by Laura Stiles

Despite our efforts to leave a lasting mark on the world, the workings of legacy are puzzling and complex. How can we ever predict who will someday find the clues we have left behind?

Consider this…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Max Roach remembere

This letter was rejected by the local mainstream print media.

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To the Editor:

 

( “Obituary: Max Roach/Innovative jazz drummer” Friday, August 17, 2007). Max Roach loved Pittsburgh. It was one of his favorite jazz towns. That’s what he told his fans who came out to  a…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 18, 2014 at 4:10am — 3 Comments

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News from the Goolag Since 2006 ~ A survival guide to the creative apocalypse: We follow issues and

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MISCOMMUNICATION X10... JAZZ EDUCATION AS SEEN BY THE REAL WORLD GUY. Part 1.

I just endured the most surreal music education dialog of my entire life and am having a difficult time wrapping arms around it. While describing said discourse I will avoid all names or direct reference to the thread itself, because in all candor, I've grown weary of the head spinning logic that accompanied it.

First... a little background. Every so often, I converse with a first tier big city instrumentalist, who once performed with an iconic jazz figure. He is a very…

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Joe Plummer’s ‘Nothing But the Blues’ pleases New Horizon Theater audiences



Nov 9, 2014

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Dr. Kwasi Jayourba

Pittsburgh lost a true legend and gentleman with the passing of Dr. Kwasi Jayourba on Tuesday, 11/4/14. He was a great teacher, performer, mentor, colleague, and most of all, my friend. Kwasi had an amazing life and career, and performed with jazz greats such as Groove Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Earl Garner, and Sonny Stitt. He also was friend with such greats as Max Roach, Miles Davis, and Armando Perazza. I will miss his many stories and am fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from…

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My Song Was Played 168 Million Times on Pandora. I Received $4,000…



Wednesday, November 5, 2014 



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from an op-ed this morning in Wired……

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44th Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert mirrors genre’s diversity

Oct 29, 2014





Esperanza Spalding
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Small and Under the Radar

October 10th marks the 97th birthday of Thelonius Monk. His music will be heard in an all-day marathon broadcast on WKCR.org  (WKCR 89.9 FM New York)

WKCR is not an ordinary radio station. On October 10, 1941, KCR began its initial broadcast playing Gene Krupa's, "Swing is Here" featuring Roy Eldridge, Chu Berry, Benny Goodman, Jess Stacy, Allan Reuss, Israel Crosby & Gene Krupa.  During KCR's first year, Monk was broadcast, through a remote pickup,  "live" from Minton's…

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Added by Melissa Jones on October 8, 2014 at 4:55pm — No Comments

It's not just jazz that is being ignored by the current generation, it's most anything of quality.

Most all of my music jazz music heros are, or were, black artists. It is sad to think of the hardships that many had to endure because of the regressive times like the 20"s and 30"s when some of the greatest black artist were struggling to be heard and find a place in the music world. We are all helpless products of our time and black artists reflected those bad times and, for most, overcame almost incredible odds to become artists. As a white pianist, it is very disturbing to be performing…

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Wiz Khalifa’s wife files to end marriage to Pittsburgh rapper

Sep 24, 2014





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Jazz and Mdw Ntr: Divine Speech

 
 
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Jazz and Mdw Ntr: Divine Speech
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Hip Hop Corner…The Godfather of Hip Hop

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Roby and New Direction at Riverview

Roby and the band killed it again.  Great show and they played straight thru!

Added by Charlie Becker on August 31, 2014 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Homestead Jazz, Blues, & Arts Festival

Homestead Jazz, Blues, & Arts Festival

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 26, 2014 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

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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