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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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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Here is the Ugly

US jazz musicians were drafted into the CIA’s MKULTRA

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Paying Tribute to One of Pittsburgh’s Female Jazz Pioneers

University of Pittsburgh to Host Cyber Symposium on Mary Lou Williams
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The musical brain: Novel study of jazz players shows common brain circuitry processes both music, language

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Book recalls all-Black Navy band that included trumpeter from Pittsburgh

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Montgomery, Carter, Jones, Henderson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame

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Renowned jazz pianist, composer Geri Allen assumes the mantle of the Jazz Studies Program

Geri Allen Growing up in Detroit, Geri Allen’s childhood soundtrack was her father’s collection of Charlie Parker records. It was as though her future as a jazz pianist and composer was preordained; and ever since, she has been arranging and re-arranging the notes to reflect the changing verses of her life’s…

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43rd annual Pitt All-Stars Jazz concert, semin

43rd annual Pitt All-Stars Jazz concert, seminar

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Pittsburgh jazz legend Ahmad Jamal shines in Manchester on September 28, 2013

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Legendary Blues Alley jazz club boasts Pittsburgh flavor

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Guitar great Jimmy Ponder rests

 

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'Girls In The Band' Gets 1-Week Theatrical Starting This Week (On Women Jazz Instrumentalists)

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MARY LOU WILLIAMS - Swinger with a Mission

Swinger with a Mission

Mary Lou Williams has been making music for 60 years;

now she teaches others how to feel it




By Catherine O'Neill



MARY LOU WILLIAMS is a lady with a mission -- to bring jazz back to the young. In recent years, that quest has brought the 69-year-old pianist and composer to Duke University in…
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MARY LOU WILLIAMS - JAZZ PIANO ICON

Mary Lou Williams Facts

Pianist, composer, and arranger Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) is often referred to as the First Lady of Jazz in the annals of American music history. Williams was a highly respected musician in her day whose repertoire spanned several seminal jazz styles, from boogie-woogie to bebop, and she was an integral member of what became known as the Kansas…

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Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians - Williams, Mary Lou (Mary Alfrieda Scruggs)

Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians

Williams, Mary Lou (Mary Alfrieda Scruggs)

From Kansas City in the twenties to New York in the forties and beyond, pianist, arranger and composer Mary Lou Williams made direct contributions to nearly every major development of jazz in her lifetime, but rarely received the recognition she deserved. A devout Roman Catholic, she composed long-form orchestral and religious works, taught at Duke University and helped found the…

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MARY LOU WILLIAMS - The Mother of Bebop

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A forgotten story: Jazz finds religion in Pittsburgh - Mary Lou Williams, May 8, 1910

Black Catholic Spotlight ~ { Print Version }

The National Black Catholic Congress

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Kuntu Repertory Theatre to close after four decades

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3 things your friends should know about your business

You may not want to share everything with your social network, but Young Entrepreneurship Council member Jullien Gordon says your friends should know some details about what you do.

It's priceless to you, but how do you know what your startup's really worth? by Jullien Gordon, Young Entrepreneur Council October 23, 2012 | 11:17am EDT

When it comes to business and career advancement, we often discount one of our greatest resources: our friends. Our friends and peers may know our…

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