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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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Magdalena Vaida's Blog – February 2009 Archive (4)

Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry

It's so hard to chronicle all of the contributions of African American Musicians, Poets and Orators in a two part series, But Bigtrigger and SOJP are going to do their best! This weeks program will bring you more of the best in Jazz and Spoken Word plus a very special surprise artist! This week's show will be part one of our TWO part celebration of moments in black history. You get a chance to hear THE BEST of the pioneers of jazz music performing… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on February 8, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

An Evening of Cole Porter

WASHINGTON, DC • Kennedy Center: Terrace Theater • 13 February 2009 So in Love: An Evening of Cole Porter, with Patricia Barber at 7:30 pm Vocalist Patricia Barber performs music from The Cole Porter Mix--her 2008 Blue Note Records CD that includes "I've Got You Under My Skin," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," and "You're the Top." So in Love: An Evening of Cole Porter, with Ann Hampton Callaway at 9:30 pm Enjoy a sexy, suave, and swinging time with… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on February 8, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Art Tatum Sculpture

Duke Ellington Coin; Art Tatum Sculpture The District of Columbia just released its new quarter commemorative coin depicting the Washington-born composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington (DCist). Banks will only receive the coins next week, but collectors can order them directly from the US Mint. The pianist Art Tatum will be honored by a sculpture to be unveiled in his hometown Toledo in the fall of 2009 (Art Tatum Memorial Website). In All… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on February 8, 2009 at 3:56pm — No Comments

An evening with CEDAR WALTON

Who: Cedar Walton Trio & Octet featuring Kevin Louis - trumpet Vincent Herring - alto saxophone Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone Gary Smulyan - baritone saxophone Earl McIntyre - bass trombone Gerald Canon – Bass Willie Jones III - Drums What: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music “Jazz at the Conservatory” series When: Saturday, February 21st, 2008 at 8:00 PM Where:Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn,… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on February 8, 2009 at 3:43pm — No Comments

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