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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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PITTSBURGH’S JAZZ COMMUNITY GETS ITS DUE WITH NEW DOCUMENTARY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



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Executive Producer

 

PITTSBURGH’S JAZZ COMMUNITY GETS ITS DUE

WITH NEW DOCUMENTARY

“We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told” Premiering on WQED-TV February 15 at 8pm

 

Pittsburgh, PA, —Manchester Craftsmen’s…

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In Conversation: Quincy Jones

The music legend on the secret Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop.

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Spotify adds songwriter credits to desktop platform – and they’re coming to mobile

Spotify adds songwriter credits to desktop platform – and they’re coming to mobile…



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THURSDAY JAZZ JAM AND SESSION AT SAVOY WITH RH FACTOR HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sorry to say, Thursday's Live jam at Savoy with RH Factor has been cancelled. Thanks to everyone who came out to support. Please note that Savoy Monday Night Jazz is continuing on. Join us next Monday when Fred Pugh III along with Tony Campbell & Jazz Surgery will be performing from 6 to 9pm (no cover). See you there.

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Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

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Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Even when playing the same piece of music

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8 Steps I've Used to Convert Stories to International Songs.



8 Steps I've Used to Convert Stories to International Songs.

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YouTube, Music Labels End Standoff, Move Toward Paid Service

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Jazz and Black Education & Black Education and Jazz

 

Jazz and Black Education & Black Education and Jazz 

 

By Fred Logan 

November 27, 2017 

 

Black music (Blues, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, etc.) is the conscious product of an on-going vibrant tradition of Black people teaching and learning in the black community. It is a dynamic tradition like that metaphoric…

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Jazz Trivia

Question:  How did Coleman Hawkins acquire the name "Bean"? (Answer at end of post.)

Tuesday, Nov. 21st is the 113th birth anniversary of COLEMAN HAWKINS! WKCR.org will broadcast Hawk's music ALL DAY, NON-STOP. Host Phil Schaap will present from 2:00pm-6:30pm (EST).

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Click "Listen" in upper right corner

Trivia answer: Early in Hawkins' career, his…

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Added by Melissa Jones on November 20, 2017 at 3:37pm — 3 Comments

The Power of Sound

The Power of Sound

We are bombarded daily with too much noise and overstimulated to the point of saturation. Some of us fall asleep watching television and are listening all night to whatever happens to…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 4, 2017 at 3:00am — 16 Comments

Fats Domino dies at 89 - Rolling Stone

Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain’t That a Shame," died Tuesday at the age of 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish coroner's office in Louisiana, confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 29, 2017 at 12:07am — 3 Comments

Pittsburgh Quarterly: Ahmad Jamal: Jazz Master by Jeff Sewald

Ahmad Jamal, Jazz Master

A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
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Dizzy Gillespie and the Pittsburgh Connection

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born in Cheraw, SC, October 21, 1917. His virtuosity on trumpet was immediately recognized and through teacher recommendations, received a scholarship to Laurinberg Institute (NC), where he studied music with esteemed educator, Philmore "Shorty" Hall. Upon his exit, Dizzy headed to Philadelphia, embarking on a professional musical career. His ability had been realized by many, but not appreciated by all. As a member of the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Dizzy's…

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Added by Melissa Jones on October 16, 2017 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Thelonious Monk - 100 years!

"Out To Lunch", a daily three hour broadcast of Jazz music provided by radio station WKCR, recently presented the music of Pittsburgh Jazz great, Ahmad Jamal. Host, Phil Schaap, profiled Jamal's career, highlighting his early Argo recordings (1956-62). Pittsburgh's Jazz legacy was cited and recognized as a major contributor to the Jazz narrative. The music was spectacular and the content informative, but why take my word for it? Partially into the broadcast, Phil was informed the great Ahmad…

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The Blues Orphans: Rock, polka, punk, bluegrass and just about everything else



The Blues Orphans: Rock, polka, punk, bluegrass and just about everything else…

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Dance Inspired by ‘A Love Supreme’ to Open New York Live Arts Season

Dance Inspired by ‘A Love Supreme’ to Open New York Live Arts Season

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Friends! I hope this message meets you well!! So the world sometimes seems to be off its nut a bit more than usual lately.... and so to not get too crazy myself I'm just staying super busy. I'm a voi…

Friends! I hope this message meets you well!! So the world sometimes seems to be off its nut a bit more than usual lately.... and so to not get too crazy myself I'm just staying super busy. I'm a voice teacher now, I teach youth voice lessons at Afro American Music Institute and We Rock Workshop. I'm performing with my jazz band The Cultural District and also with The Lemington Gospel Chorale. I have been spending a bulk of my time working super hard on this project I've been building with…

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Tony Martucci Taps Into His Roots On Ancestral Voices

Tony Martucci Taps Into His Roots On Ancestral Voices

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