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.
Dan if you can't come to Elizabeth I understand it is your father's day too! You maybe gigging also, and I am between jobs. Take it easy bro, I have some charts I want to get a keyboard player with. Just tunes by known artists that I like and nobody does. Maybe Donna Davis when I catch up to her.- kev
Hey Dan I'm doing a 5-7pm set at the Elizabeth Elks Fathers Day. I hope to be starting a new job in the Mon Valley area also, then I can run into town and sit in again LOL.- Whatcha doin on daddys day> Let me know- kev
What is your address? I may come down to little E's and I would love to see Carolyn perform live friday night but I get off 7:30pm and could leave work. I'm off the weekend, do they still have that caberet in Homewood? Hit me up - kev
Hey Dan I will be at the Thunderbird sat hopefully 3-7:30 helping Kevin Amos out with his food drive.Still thinkin about moving closer to the city , I am presently at 155 Polk St in Elizabeth and is very convenient and secluded so we can make some noise. About 4 miles from Century III, just go to get the house in order and it aint happing fast enough!- kev
Peace Dan Wasson. Tis is Remelle and Charles Lumpkins extending much love , peace and harmony to you and the musical we love in Pittsburgh. Hey Dan Kevin Hurst has told me of the positive inroads you are making in the sought after musician section in the hearts of jazz musicians. PLease let the music live ofrever.
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Hey Dan I might make that Caberet today , have to be back in the Pgharre to go to work mon morn.after next week I go on a schedule where I have two days off during the week and every other weekend off. Gotta look for a place soon Take care - - kev
Had a great time sitting in with you cats at PD's! I sat in at Ava's Mon. and stayed till friday to sit in with Dr. Harrison at Hilltopper's 'cause I wanted to play with some Pgh. area blues artists. Was a good week , we never any time together off the bandstand though- soon come!- kev