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AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS

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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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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Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton celebrates his 85th Birthday

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Pittsburgh's Black Honors event takes place at CCAC



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MUSICIANS FOUNDATION - A Satyrical Essay

THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

By

Nelson E. Harrison, Ph. D., RA, ASCAP

November 18, 2005 10:56 PM – February 23, 2017 12:29 AM

 

"Jazz musicians are the only workers who will put in a full shift for pay and then go somewhere else and continue to work for free."---George Carlin

 

All joking aside musicians are an endangered species.  They are dying off…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 2, 2017 at 6:03am — 1 Comment

Baby Dee is Coming to Town!!!

Friends! Please accept my apologies for the recent radio silence.... I will work on doing better, especially in these distressingly troubling times, at maintaining communication. The Book of Face and the Tweeter and the 'Gram are excellent tools for…

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1950S JAZZ ORGAN PIONEER BILL DOGGETT TURNS 101 YEARS OLD 2/16/2017

Bill "Honky Tonk" Doggett  just turned 101 years old yesterday, February 16th 2017

London's BLUES&RHYTHM Magazine just published this Feature based on my longer Feature article submitted.     The Melody lingers on.  Visit the Tribute website. http://billdoggettcentennial.com…

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Added by Bill Doggett on February 17, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Fred StatonTurns 102!

I'm passing along Phil Schaap's account of Fred Staton's 102nd birthday bash:

An outpouring of love as well as a display of pure musical joy occurred at Local 802 (the Big Apple branch of the American Federation of Musicians) as several hundred gathered to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Fred Staton (born Sunday, February 14, 1915). Fred attended and played!!!! Mr. Staton is a tenor saxophonist. Robert Smalls, the last African American Congressman from the days of Reconstruction,…

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Added by Melissa Jones on February 16, 2017 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Jazz Musicians and Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Various institutions will celebrate the accomplishments of Black citizens, who rightly deserve acknowledgement for their achievements. Phil Schaap will host his annual Black History Month broadcast, in honor of those musicians who, at the forefront of racial discrimination, created a legacy of incomparable music.

Saturday, (2/4), 6:00 PM (EST) - Fletcher Henderson's music will be explored. Henderson, a graduate of Atlanta College,…

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Added by Melissa Jones on February 3, 2017 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

Anne Feeney Debuts Tribute Album at Wallace's TapRoom, 123 N. Highland Ave., 15206 from 7 - 9pm.

Tribute album honors the legacy and music of Pittsburgh’s Anne Feeney while also offsetting medical costs 

“It’s so beautiful what my friends got together to do for me.”

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Pittsburgh Jazz royalty, Roy Eldridge, would turn 106, Monday (1/30). His contribution to Jazz is paramount. Whether swinging as a twenty-one year old in the Vitaphone short, "Smash Your Baggage", or…

Pittsburgh Jazz royalty, Roy Eldridge, would turn 106, Monday (1/30). His contribution to Jazz is paramount. Whether swinging as a twenty-one year old in the Vitaphone short, "Smash Your Baggage", or singing a songbook standard, Roy Eldridge delivers! Always an innovator, his legacy remains, not as a bridge between the genius of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, but as a trailblazer, defined by a captivating take-no-prisoner bravado and an elastic, relaxed swing.

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Added by Melissa Jones on January 27, 2017 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Jimmy West, a Wilkinsburg Treasure

With a song in his heart, West has entertained thousands for decades

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Updated: 7:52 AM

By PAULA A. SMITH Correspondent

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Photo by Nelson Harrison

West, 84, and his great nephew Cameron Nino performed recently at the Village of Pennwood personal care home in…

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Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨Returning¨

  

Another Door to return ( Difference Multiply Hard Light Inv.Polar )…

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So about that fascist running for office...

I will admit to having slight panic attacks when I hear the orange cheeto dusted eugenics spouting, nuclear winter promising mad man speak. I will admit to laying awake, wondering who else he is tweeting angrily at from his bed, the one he shares with his immigrant wife, at that totally random sleepless moment in the middle of any given random evening. I also will own the fact that for the life of me, I cannot understand how so many people can have so much hate and intolerance for refugees,…

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"A Rogue's Gallery of Fabulous Phreaks" at Spirit! Also, we're making a Social Justice Disco Album!

Phriends! It's terrifying out there! I suggest you come on in and get phreaky with some prophessionals! …
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Oh it's a long, long while....

from May to December.... but the daze grow short, when you reach September"

And the sweet lyrics of Maxwell Anderson mean as much today as when Kurt Weill put them to music in 1938. My favorite version will always be Billy Eckstein's.  Here is a link to hear his incredible performance:

https://youtu.be/baP_cFd8j4E

For me.... I hope I get some precious daze with you sometime soon.

My shows that I have lined up are…

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The Zen of Sonny Rollins

Sidelined by lung disease, our greatest living jazz musician longs for the stage and ponders the nature of existence

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Sonny Rollins at home in upstate New York,…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 9, 2016 at 1:02am — 10 Comments

THE PITTSBURGH SOUND - An essay on jazz as a spoken language

THE  PITTSBURGH SOUND

Thoughts by Nelson E. Harrison, Ph.D.

 

The jazz tradition in Pittsburgh began in the first decade of the 20th century establishing it as one of the earliest caldrons of…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 31, 2016 at 4:30pm — 51 Comments

Steve Coleman - The Acquisition of Language in the Jazz Tradition

After 30 Albums and 3 Recent Prizes, a Jazzman Flirts With the Mainstream

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 29, 2016 at 5:06pm — No Comments

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

The Lester Young and Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration

Aug. 27, 28,&29

WKCR.org will present continuous, commercial-free radio, celebrating the birth anniversaries of Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Beginning August 27th, the genius of Pres and Bird will be displayed through Jazz rarities, interviews, expert commentary and, of course, their glorious music. Phil Schaap, Jazz historian and…

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Added by Melissa Jones on August 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

JAMES STREET GASTROPUB BALLROOM BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We are excited to announce the Ballroom is back open for business!!!

Because of all of your help and support we have been able to make all of the required renovations to the historic Ballroom.  It has truly been an amazing turn around, and all of us at James Street…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2016 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Charles McPherson Interview



Interview with Charles McPherson



Charles McPherson

I’ve had two lessons with Charles McPherson when on tour in San Diego. They have been utterly remarkable. The second one from last fall I taped: Thanks to Charles for allowing this transcription to be published on DTM.

This week Charles is playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola Thursday through Sunday. It is a must-see gig for lovers of the…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 29, 2016 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

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