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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.






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



       In Her Own Words
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 Angel Band, David Lindley, Emeline Michel, Strunz & Farah, Moshav, Wailin' Jennys, Baka Beyond, Tcheka, HAALE, Cuban Cowboys, Fishtank Ensemble, and more.

David Bromberg In addition to the music, California WorldFest also offers camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, fine crafts, and the renowned children's program. This year, California WorldFest joins with South Yuba River Citizens League's "Wild & Scenic Film Festival", one of the nation's premiere environmental film festivals. Specially selected independent films will be shown Friday through Sunday. Five films selected especially for kids will start the Sunday show. Film showings are included in the price of admission. Film Descriptions and Schedule. The festival will also feature the Native People's Village, hosted by New Mexico's Tsi-Akum Maidu Tribe, where festival-goers can try "fry bread tacos", learn about traditional tools, crafts, and music from tribal members and see a video on the Maidu Bark House. The festival will also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of KVMR 89.5FM, Community Radio on opening day, Thursday, July 17, and a portion of ticket sales at the gate for Thursday evening will be donated to KVMR. For more information, including ticket and camping information, contact the festival's website. After several years of inactivity on the touring front, David Bromberg is beginning to reappear on the live concert scene. Bromberg has reunited the “big band” several times over the last few years and 2003 will see the band come together at least twice for two short runs early in the year. David is also beginning to play more with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason in their show titled “An Evening of American Acoustic Music”. This show creates an eclectic musical journey through several uniquely American music forms. The show features the early works of Stephen Foster, the Texas swing of Bob Wills, Cajun fiddle tunes, Delta and Chicago Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and much more. Bromberg’s live show remains as unique as ever. Concerts by David and his band are extraordinary events, and performances follow no set pattern of selection. Give and take between performer is complete, spontaneous, and totally sincere. As the NY Times noted “He has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with a tender, touching yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch. He is electrifying.” Born in Philadelphia on September 19, 1945. Bromberg grew up in Tarrytown, New York. Inspired by the music of Pete Seeger and the Weavers, among others, he began studying the guitar at age 13. After graduating from Tarrytown High School, he enrolled at Columbia University intent on a career as a musicologist. Drawn to Greenwich Village's flourishing coffeehouse folk music scene in the mid-1960’s, Bromberg opted for performance combined with his studies; he left school in the middle of his second year, however, to devote full time to his music. Shortly thereafter, his extraordinary guitar picking and exceptional stylistic range brought him to the attention of many other musicians: Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Tom Paxton, and Chubby Checker are only a few of the notables who sought Bromberg out as a back-up artist for recording. In all he has played as a sideman on over 100 albums. A singular performer/writer/arranger, Bromberg’s remarkable musical versatility and innovative resourcefulness have earned vast critical and popular acclaim. He is also impossible to classify: As one critic perceptively wrote, “David Bromberg fits no pigeonholes. He is part of everything contemporarily musical. He is a product of blues, country, jazz, folk, and classical music. From his early success as a guitar virtuoso, Mr. Bromberg has developed into a brilliant entertainer.” In 1970 Bromberg decided to go it on his own and, following a spectacular, unscheduled performance at England’s Isle of Wight Festival that year, he was signed to his first recording contract, which resulted in the release of four albums: David Bromberg, Demon in Disguise, Wanted Dead or Alive, and Midnight on the Water with Columbia, now Sony. Two compilation albums have subsequently been released. In the spring of 1977 Bromberg moved to the San Francisco Bay where he recorded several albums for Fantasy, including the double album How Late’ll Ya Play ‘Til?. In the fall of 1980 Bromberg dissolved his band and moved to Chicago where four years later he was graduated from the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making. The late eighties and early nineties saw Bromberg tour only occasionally and mostly as a solo artist. Bromberg now considers these occasional reunions as a way to see old friends and play great music again. Preferring to spend time with his family and to buy and sell violins, the days on the road for extended periods simply do not fit his primary interests as a father and businessman. Bromberg has currently left Chicago and returned east. He and his family have settled in Wilmington, Delaware. David has opened a retail violin shop in that city’s downtown Market Street area. The shop specializes in sales and repair as well as bow and violin making. With his return to the east coast, Bromberg fans can expect to see and hear a lot more from him.

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Comment by Kevin Amos on July 21, 2008 at 3:09am
I saw Dobet a couble of years ago on the Acoustic Africa Tour. She blew me away. Be sure to check out her current release.

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