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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 – August 2008 Archive (6)


Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments


Another year has gone by and I am given, one more time, the privilege to invite, in the name of the organizers, the jazz fans of Brasov and not only, to take part in a new international jazz celebration, here, at the Tampa´s feet. KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING ON! What we started, last year, would continue with a new edition, at least as attractive as the previous one and definitely, a bigger one! This year too, the organizers of the event, Brasov… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Detroit International Jazz Festival

This year the theme of DJF is 'A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit Summit' celebrating two great music cities The 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival will be celebrating the City of Brotherly Love throughout the Labor Day weekend, with Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride as the festival's artist-in-residence, a gaggle of artists from both cities, and several special projects. The largest free jazz festival in North America, the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:45am — No Comments

Vama Veche (Romania) hosts Stufstock Festival this weekend

The line up includes Apocalyptica, Harry Tavitian, dEUS and Jean-Luc Ponty. Apocalyptica, Deus and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty head the bill of the Stufstock Festival that started on Thursday in Vama Veche and which is set to end on Saturday night. 11 foreign bands and 15 Romanian bands will take part in the three-day festival. A total number of 17 bands will perform on the main stage located in Marina Park. Likewise, 9 young bands will perform on a… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Spotlight On Jazz And Poetry - ONI LASANA

Oni Lasana "desired poet of the people" was born and raised in North Philadelphia during the height of the Civil Rights era in America. She was deeply affected and involved in the Black Consciousness Movement. An avid traveler, she pursued a life course to bring positive awareness of African American and Caribbean culture to communities worldwide. She spent a successful career in the music industry as a publisher and promoter of Black music in the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:22am — No Comments

Al Jarreau to open the Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival

The stage of Bucharest Masters of Jazz will also host Dianne Reeves, Five Peace Band – Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival, due to take place in Bucharest during October 23 – November 5, will be opened by an extraordinary concert performed by the great Al Jarreau, Media Services Events announces. The unique vocal style of Al Jarreau and his innovations in the field of music turned him into one of the most… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:20am — No Comments

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