PROGRESSIVE MUSIC COMPANY

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS

BOYS CHOIR AFRICA SHIRTS
 
 
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THE STRONG CARD

PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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

    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

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Sunday Jams are back in the Hood

THE ERIC JOHNSON TRIO

"Jazz Returns To The Hood"

All Musicians and Vocalists Invited to…

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The Power of Sound

The Power of Sound

We are bombarded daily with too much noise and overstimulated to the point of saturation. Some of us fall asleep watching television and are listening all night to whatever happens to…

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From Ireland To The Hill District, One Drummer Hopes You Haven’t Forgotten Pittsburgh’s Jazz Greats

From Ireland To The Hill District, One Drummer Hopes You Haven’t Forgotten Pittsburgh’s Jazz Greats

May 12, 2017…
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Judith Light and Billy Porter pose for a photo at the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Awards on May 19, 2017 at the Purnell Center for the Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. Light was a…

Judith Light and Billy Porter pose for a photo at the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Awards on May 19, 2017 at the Purnell Center for the Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. Light was awarded with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and Porter was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award. 1 Judith Light, Billy Porter return to Pittsburgh to accept Carnegie Mellon alumni awards Photo of Sharon Eberson Sharon Eberson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seberson@post-gazette.com 7:56 PM May 19,…

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The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life

The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life

More people in their 50s and 60s are finding that taking up a musical instrument or singing improves their lives in many ways…

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Once Again - Please vote for this entry in the John Lennon Song Contest

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DAY 28 #Throwback! Exactly two years ago I posted this rap to remind everyone to vote for "This Isn't Art" in the @thejlsc! Today a song I collaborated on with Razteria…

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The Centennial of Ella Fitazgerald - April 25, 2017

/>On song ... Ella Fitzgerald in the 1950s. ;">Saturday 22 April 2017

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A Servant of Rhythm From Ghana, in Texas

A Servant of Rhythm From Ghana, in Texas

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Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton celebrates his 85th Birthday

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Pittsburgh's Black Honors event takes place at CCAC



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MUSICIANS FOUNDATION - A Satyrical Essay

THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

By

Nelson E. Harrison, Ph. D., RA, ASCAP

November 18, 2005 10:56 PM – February 23, 2017 12:29 AM

 

"Jazz musicians are the only workers who will put in a full shift for pay and then go somewhere else and continue to work for free."---George Carlin

 

All joking aside musicians are an endangered species.  They are dying off…

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Anne Feeney Debuts Tribute Album at Wallace's TapRoom, 123 N. Highland Ave., 15206 from 7 - 9pm.

Tribute album honors the legacy and music of Pittsburgh’s Anne Feeney while also offsetting medical costs 

“It’s so beautiful what my friends got together to do for me.”

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Jimmy West, a Wilkinsburg Treasure

With a song in his heart, West has entertained thousands for decades

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Updated: 7:52 AM

By PAULA A. SMITH Correspondent

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West, 84, and his great nephew Cameron Nino performed recently at the Village of Pennwood personal care home in…

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The Zen of Sonny Rollins

Sidelined by lung disease, our greatest living jazz musician longs for the stage and ponders the nature of existence

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THE PITTSBURGH SOUND - An essay on jazz as a spoken language

THE  PITTSBURGH SOUND

Thoughts by Nelson E. Harrison, Ph.D.

 

The jazz tradition in Pittsburgh began in the first decade of the 20th century establishing it as one of the earliest caldrons of…

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Steve Coleman - The Acquisition of Language in the Jazz Tradition

After 30 Albums and 3 Recent Prizes, a Jazzman Flirts With the Mainstream

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JAMES STREET GASTROPUB BALLROOM BACK OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We are excited to announce the Ballroom is back open for business!!!

Because of all of your help and support we have been able to make all of the required renovations to the historic Ballroom.  It has truly been an amazing turn around, and all of us at James Street…

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Charles McPherson Interview



Interview with Charles McPherson



Charles McPherson

I’ve had two lessons with Charles McPherson when on tour in San Diego. They have been utterly remarkable. The second one from last fall I taped: Thanks to Charles for allowing this transcription to be published on DTM.

This week Charles is playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola Thursday through Sunday. It is a must-see gig for lovers of the…

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Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music



Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth…

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