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, Parlanto 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.
Now that R. Kelly may be under investigation again, will there be more victims who come forward with allegations they they star had sex with them at the time they were under age? I have a strong feeling more will come forward. Even I who live in Ohio have heard of the parties that goes down in Chicago at R. Kelly's mansion. Although R. Kelly is under investigation in Georgia, the singer is not being investigated in Chicago, another place he's faced numerous abuse allegations. Source At press conference on Tuesday (Jan. 8), State Attorney Kim Foxx asked R. Kelly victims to come forward and contact her office. She said that the allegations raised in the docuseries were “deeply disturbing.” "I was sickened as a mother, I was sickened as a prosecutor.” Foxx said that her office have already been talking to two families of alleged victims that had been in contact with the R&B singer within the last few years. Both victims are over the age of 18, she added. Apparently, Georgia authorities have been contacting some of R. Kelly's alleged victims from the docuseries, including Asante McGee. If you recall, she reportedly escaped from Kelly's Georgia home where she lived as a member of an alleged cult. Related Sources: Could This Be The End Of R. Kelly Career? R. Kelly Named King Of R&B