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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

Roger Humphries

 

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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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

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

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

It's the year 2055, and the music industry has changed. No longer are the days where recording industry executives …

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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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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

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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Entertainment Industry Law Issues

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

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Pittsburgh Jazz Ain’t What It Used To Be: It’s... Something Else

Aug 28, 2015
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Presidential Medal of Freedom for Billy Strayhorn Centennial

Award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of jazz composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn.

In honor of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, we his heirs along with a host of professional musicians, entertainment insiders, educators, and the general public seek a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his contribution as a great American composer, his involvement in social justice (worked with Martin Luther King Jr.) and his…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 3, 2015 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

ROBO-BOP???? What do you think?

Robo-bop? Jazz-playing robots might one day headline a club near you

A Darpa grant given to Kelland Thomas of the University of Arizona will fund the creation of musical machines that learn to improvise like jazz musicians…

Miles Davis and JJ Johnson record in studio
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 24, 2015 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

What You Will Find When You Search For Your Music Online

Indie Artist Insider, Indie Artists, SongCast University

Many of you have already answered the question “how do I get my music on…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 10, 2015 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Newport Jazz Festival: How it Began 7.22.2015 African American Classical Music

The wheels had been set in motion just six months earlier, on a wintry evening in 1953. I was tending to my usual business in Storyville at the Copley Square Hotel when Professor Donald Born of Boston University's English Department walked in. Professor Born was an ardent jazz fan. He visited the club often.

On this occasion, he was with a handsome redheaded women who had been auditing his lectures at BU. She was clothed in stylish New England attire, a pair of horn-rimmed…

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Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit - February - 2015

Penn State New Kensington Welcomes Jazz Exhibit

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HARAMBEE UHIMA Black Arts & Culture Festival

HARAMBEE UJIMA

Black Arts & Culture Festival

On Kelly Street |…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 13, 2015 at 6:24pm — No Comments

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