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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 – July 2008 Archive (12)

Tigran Hamasyan piano tours in France

Jazz, Soul & Funk Dates : 26 June 2008 - 6 December 2008 France - various venues

Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri (Armenia) in 1987. From the age of 2 he showed an extraordinary interest towards music. The tape player and piano became preferable than many other toys he had. At the age of 3 he was singing the great deal of Led Zeppelin's, Deep Purple's, Beatles', Louis Armstrong's, and Queens' songs trying to accompany himself on the Piano.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 31, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments


Miles Davis’ electric bands in the late ‘60s (featured on such classic albums as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew) served as the incubator for several pioneering jazz fusion bands, including Tony Williams’ Lifetime, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter’s Weather Report and Chick Corea’s legendary Return to Forever, whose lifespan stretched from 1972 to 1977 with three different versions of… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments


South Jersey/Philadelphia area artist, Sandra Turner-Barnes is a national award winning poet, author & vocalist, known across the East Coast as "The Cadillac Lady" because of her amusing poem-song by that title. In 1995, Sandra won the Ebony Magazine Literary Competition for short fiction; and, she felt truly honored to be named "Diva of Poetry" right along with Nikki Giovanni, Sonya Sanchez and Ntosake Shange in 1997 in the City of Philadelphia.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 28, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Nice Jazz Festival, France

19 Jul 2008 - 26 Jul 2008 One of the major jazz festivals of the world, this event attracts close to 50,000 visitors each year who come to listen to musicians play on stages in the beautiful setting of Nice's Cimiez Arenas and Gardens – a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre. The focus is on jazz music but the festival embraces many musical genres with past performers including such legends as BB King, Bebel Gilberto and Jimmy Cliff as well as newer acts… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:32am — No Comments

Connecticut Connection

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:12am — No Comments


Roy Ayers Vibraphonist/vocalist, composer and arranger is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the '60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B bandleader in the '70s/'80s. If this is the era of… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette at Pescara Jazz 2008

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette @ Pescara Jazz 2008 15 July, 21:00 h, D'Annunzio Theater

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 15, 2008 at 7:34am — No Comments

California World Fest

12th Annual Gathering Set For July 17th - 20th

Dobet Ghanore The 12th annual edition of the California World Fest—one of the West Coast's biggest world musical festivals—takes place on July 17th—20th, at The Grass Valley Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA This year's World Fest boasts eight stages of music and dance from around the world. Headliners include Ozomatli, Dobet Ghanore and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Other acts include David Bromberg with… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 15, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry

Described as a young Jazz star on the rise, award winning saxophonist Shenole Latimer has steadily gained recognition for his playing style and engaging stage presence. Through his experiences while studying at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his activities as both a sideman and a band leader, Shenole has had the privilege of sharing the stage with noted Jazz musicians such as Jon Faddis , Todd Coolman , Ron Affif, E.J.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 15, 2008 at 7:24am — No Comments


The Gărâna Jazz Festival is one of the most important events of this kind in Romania, bringing every year great names from the international and national scene (e.g: Jean-Luc Ponty, Jan Garbarek Group, Dixi Krauser, Johnny Răducanu, Aura Urziceanu, Teodora Enache, Alexandrina and many others) 1997 was the first year of the festival—in the beginning the idea seemed to be a local hobby for the founders. 2001 was a turning point for the festival when the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 11, 2008 at 7:13am — No Comments

Yves Carbonne at The Jazz Network

This week The Jazz Network is featuring the very special artistry of bassist Yves Carbonne with his latest CD "Seven Waves"

Bassist/composer/arranger Yves Carbonne was born May 23, 1967 in Auch, France, and since his childhood has lived in the Bordeaux region. Though his parents were not musicians, he took piano lessons when he was 7, and soon the young Carbonne discovered a special affinity with low sounds.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 8, 2008 at 4:42am — No Comments

The Wigan International Jazz Festival

The Wigan International Jazz Festival, has for 23 years provided a stage for some of the world’s greatest big bands.. 11.07-18.07.2008 Great names such as The Count Basie Orchestra, Charles Mingus Big Band, Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau, Lester Bowie’s ‘Brass Fantasy’ and the BBC Big Band have entertained Wigan audiences and enabled the festival to establish itself as one of Europe’s foremost Big Band showcases. However, the last few years have… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 7, 2008 at 5:12pm — No Comments

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