PROGRESSIVE MUSIC COMPANY

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 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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SLIDE HAMPTON TO PERFORM AT WALLACE’S WHISKEY ROOM celebrating his 86th birthday

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PITTSBURGH’S JAZZ COMMUNITY GETS ITS DUE WITH NEW DOCUMENTARY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Contact: Marty Ashby

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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

 

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New film on Pittsburgh's rich jazz history to premiere Feb. 15 on WQED

New film on Pittsburgh's rich jazz history to premiere Feb. 15 on WQED

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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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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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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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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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Tony Martucci Taps Into His Roots On Ancestral Voices

Tony Martucci Taps Into His Roots On Ancestral Voices

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Charlie Parker and the Meaning of Freedom

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At 102, a ‘Triple-Digit’ Jazzman Plays On

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Sunday Jams are back in the Hood

THE ERIC JOHNSON TRIO

"Jazz Returns To The Hood"

All Musicians and Vocalists Invited to…

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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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From Ireland To The Hill District, One Drummer Hopes You Haven’t Forgotten Pittsburgh’s Jazz Greats

From Ireland To The Hill District, One Drummer Hopes You Haven’t Forgotten Pittsburgh’s Jazz Greats

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Judith Light and Billy Porter pose for a photo at the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Awards on May 19, 2017

Judith Light and Billy Porter pose for a photo at the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Awards on May 19, 2017 at the Purnell Center for the Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. Light was awarded with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and Porter was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award. 1 Judith Light, Billy Porter return to Pittsburgh to accept Carnegie Mellon alumni awards.…

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The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life

The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life

More people in their 50s and 60s are finding that taking up a musical instrument or singing improves their lives in many ways…

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