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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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Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

by Fred Logan

April 18, 2016

Amiri Baraka said somewhere that, among other things, calling jazz (and other black music) "American" music ignores who created it and the

immense debt,…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Kai Ballard's Upcoming Gigs

April 15, 5-7:30, Backstage Bar with Calvin Stemley, Keith Flowers, Kenjie and myself.  This is a great group that Iove playing with performing music of Herbie, Stevie, Steely and others.  

Added by Kai Ballard on April 12, 2016 at 1:54am — No Comments

Film screenings! Theater openings! Strange weddings and a Jabberwocky!

Though the skies over Pittsburgh may be attempting to belie the truth, spring is here and for Phat Man Dee that means fabulous events, grand openings, social justice disco and more!

Join us this Friday April 8 when Lawrenceville's hottest concert hall and pizza palace, Spirit, turns 1 year old!…

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Added by Phat Man Dee on April 5, 2016 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Who's Making $$$ on you music? Noy you!

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 28, 2016 at 1:34am — No Comments

Billy May

Hi all, 

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billy May, a jazz musician who was born in Pittsburgh. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Schenly High School. He is probably best known for his work with Charlie Barnet, and then arranging for Nat King Cole and especially Frank Sinatra.

I thought it would be nice if the Pittsburgh jazz community commemorated the anniversary of Billy's birth in some way. Anyone interested in…

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Added by Stephen Tokarick on February 4, 2016 at 4:59am — No Comments

Jazz at Blue Moon Bar this Sunday! 23rd Annual Ides of March March! New videos about fascists and weddings!

Friends! So much is happening! It's crazy, how much is going on, it's hard to keep up with myself!



I am singing this Sunday March 13th at the Blue Moon Bar in Lawrenceville, with guitarist Carlos Peña! 10 pm, 21 and over, no cover, 5115 Butler St, Lawrenceville!…

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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 11, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

Roy Eldridge

Happy Birthday to the incomparable, Pittsburgh Jazz Great Roy Eldridge! January 30, 1911.

Added by Melissa Jones on January 28, 2016 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr On The Importance Of Jazz

On the Importance of Jazz…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2016 at 9:55pm — 4 Comments

December 28, 1903

Happy Birthday to Pittsburgh Jazz legend, Earl Hines!!!!

Added by Melissa Jones on December 28, 2015 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

Billy Strayhorn

We're celebrating the exceptional Billy Strayhorn, here in the NY Metro area. Check the current WSJ article on "Musicians Take the A-Train".

http://www.wsj.com/articles/musicians-take-over-the-a-train-1448851140

Billy Strayhorn Lives!

Added by Melissa Jones on November 30, 2015 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Interview of Matty Shiner by Jim Pugh

This interview was sent to me by Kevin McManus, who edited it down I guess from a recording of the interview. I did another once over and here it is! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I don't know the exact year of the interview - suffice it to say it was in the last 10-15 years.…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 14, 2015 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Centennial celebration gives Pittsburgh-bred composer Strayhorn his due



1 / Composer Billy…
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2016 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

Archie Shepp, Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders and Wendy Oxenhorn to be honored

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

DARPA Wants to Make a Jazz-Playing Robot That Can Jam With Humans

by Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience

Jazz-playing computers and robots could soon yield clues about how to help people collaborate with machines, researchers say.

The new project, called MUSICA (short for Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), aims to develop a musical device that can improvise a jazz solo in response to human partners, just as real jazz musicians improvise alongside one another.

MUSICA is part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 5:49am — 8 Comments

Happy Birthday Thelonious Monk & Art Blakey

Thelonious Monk, 10/10 and Art Blakey, 10/11

WKCR.org continues its 74 year history of providing listeners with the glories of Jazz music. Saturday, 10/10, the station will celebrate Thelonious Monk, in a continuous, all-day tribute to the man and his music! WKCR began broadcasting JAZZ, 74 years ago, featuring Roy Eldridge on Gene Krupa's rendition of "Swing Is Here". The station's commitment to JAZZ stems from a massive archive…

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Added by Melissa Jones on October 7, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

ADAM WADE revisits his alma mater Westinghouse High School for Billy Strayhorn Centennial concert on October 17, 2015

ADAM WADE

Adam Wade (Born Patrick Henry Wade) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He achieved renown as an American singer, drummer, television, movie and stage actor and director. He is noted for his stint as the host of the 1975…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

45th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar & Concert

Jazz Seminar and Concert

A talented group of international jazz musicians will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the 45th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

Entertainment Industry Law Issues

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 21, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Erroll Garner’s ‘Concert by the Sea’ Gets a New Sound

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 20, 2015 at 5:01pm — No Comments

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