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.
Thanks Lads...and a talented Lass also!..for the invite...you've got me scotch-irish blod pumping through me heart with your great celtic-fusion...who would'a thunk.... celtic jazz.... what a great energy you create...you should apply for a spot at the American Music Festival in Bangor Maine in the end of August..you'd be a hit for sure!...Enjoy the picture...my best to you ...always b
I saw the poster for the Moon Dancer Winery Jazz Festival and would be happy to be booked there. Did you follow the leads to U of M? Could we talk this week??? You can call me on SKYPE at 954-607-7471. Also, would love to feature your group on my show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman
WOW! You have quite a unique configuration. High level musicianship and writing and a cello in lieu of a bass. You will gain many new fans here who will visit your website as I just did and recommend others do as well. Quite enjoyable. Thank you for joining.
I just listened to the music on your site. I have a couple of ideas for your band in Florida:
1. O'Shea's Irish Pub in West Palm Beach that features Irish bands. Manager is Maurice Costigan. 561-833-3865
2. University of Miami Frost School of Music concert series: 305-284-2161
Have never been to your fair and historical city, but I do hope to get there soon. I would love to bring my WOMEN IN JAZZ Ensemble there to do a presentation at a college or university. Any ideas?