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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 – June 2009 Archive (4)

Kurt Elling to Release New Live Album

Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman on June 23rd, Kurt Elling's eighth album and second release for Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 at the Allen Room in the Lincoln Center, New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The new 12-track release features an all-star cast of musicians including… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:40am — No Comments


COMING JUNE 9TH THROUGH 14TH TO MANHATTAN’S ABRONS ART CENTER @ The Henry St. Settlement 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002(212) 598-0400 June 15 at The ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION 172 Norfolk St (Btw E. Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 - (212) 529-7194

Arts for Art, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the 14th annual… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

MADE IN THE UK’ British Jazz Concert Series in the USA

Rochester, NY and New York City will play host to America’s largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2009. Arts Council England and Wales Arts International have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (XRIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’. Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine XRIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:24am — No Comments

A Tribute to Domenic Troiano

Anyone who was into guitar from the late '60s through the late '70s had Domenic Troiano very firmly on their radar. This man was a major force on the scene throughout his illustrious career and was one of the principal originators of "the Toronto sound". For many of us just starting to play during this time period, Domenic and his customized Telecaster were highly influential and literally held in awe! Donnie played with an intensity and emotion that… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:20am — No Comments

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