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

    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

A JAZZ MEMORIAL CONCERT HONORING OUR GREAT JAZZ LEGENDS

WHEN?
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26, 2008
7:00 - 11:00 PM

WHERE?

KELLY-STRAYHORN THEATER
5941 PENN AVENUE
PITTSBURGH, PA 15206
PHONE: 412-363-3000

SPONSORED BY JAMES “JIMMY” WEST AND FRIENDS

A MEMORIAL CONCERT TO THE LATE GREAT LEGENDS OF PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA
FEATURING SPECIAL COMPANY
WITH
VOCALIST SYLVIA ELLARD
AND
KENNY BLAKE
DON ALIQUO

PASTOR KEVIN WOODS
AND THE FAITH RESTORATION GROUP
PATRICIA WRIGHT POET JAMES “JIMMY” WEST – JAZZ SINGER
FRIENDS
VALERIA WILLIAMS, BRIAN HICKMAN, DR. NELSON HARRISON
MCs NEEL WEST AND PRESTON STITT

We are honoring and giving recognition to these “LATE GREAT JAZZ LEGENDS of Pittsburgh the James “Jimmy” West and Friends have loved for the past 50 years.

GENE KELLY, SONNY STANTON, BILLY STRAYHORN, SPIDER LINDSEY, ERROLL GARNER, TIMMY THORNTON,
MARY LOU WILLIAMS, ROSCOE VIRE, STANLEY TURRENTINE, FRANK PARR, RICHARD “GROOVE” HOLMES, POLA ROBERTS, BILLY ECKSTINE, DICKIE MCGEE, DODO MARMAROSA, JERRY BETTERS, WENDELL BYRD, CARL ARTER, WALT HARPER, PETE HENDERSON, DAKOTA STATON, BOBBY JONES, GROVER MITCHELL, BOBBY BOSWELL,
DANNY CONN, DR. MIKE TAYLOR, ART BLAKEY, RAY BROWN

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