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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.






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Magdalena Vaida's Blog – March 2009 Archive (3)

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians April 3 – 5, 2009 In Downtown Monterey 57 Big Bands, Combos, And Vocal Ensembles From 6 States Compete For Spot On MJF Stages 47 Bands From 14 Counties In California Are Finalists Special Appearances By Student Groups From Japan and England Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Members Saxophonist Sherman Irby And Trumpeter Sean Jones Are Artists-In-Residence During… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:56am — No Comments

Miles Davis 1987 Gig Released on DVD

Miles Davis’ 1987 concert in Munich is being released on DVD as That’s What Happened: Live In Germany (Eagle Rock Entertainment) on April 28. The 90-minutes of concert footage features staples from Davis’ late ’80s concert repertoire, including his takes on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Other tracks include the “One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened” medley, “New Blues,” “Tutu” and “Portia.”… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

Jazz and Poetry

Allana Madyun, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an actress, educator, motivational speaker and interpretive Dancer. But writing and poetry is what truly moves her. Always advancing artistically, Allana is ready and willing to share her poetry and writings with the world. --------------------------------------------------------- Rob Juice, from Chicago, Illinois, started playing the trumpet and writing music in the 7th grade. Juice fell in love with music… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

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