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.
HI BRIAN, THANKS TO YOUR LOVELY WORDS.YES, I LIKE TO SEE-PAINT -COLLECT OIL JAZZ WORKS.IN FACT MY JOB IS JOURNALIST. I WRITE ABOUT SPORTS ON LOCAL MAGAZINE AT SOUTH BRAZIL.ALSO, I FEATURE TWO HOURS WEEK AT SOUTH BRAZIL FM STATION WITH THE BEST SMOOTH-FUSION-LATIN-BOP JAZZ STYLES-ACCORDING THE DOWNBEAT JAZZ MAGAZINE, THE NUMBER OF JAZZ MUSICIANS GROW UP EVERY YEAR.SO, WE MUST TO CREATE PURCHASER PUBLIC.AUDIENCE. UNHAPPILY, IN MY COUNTRY THERE S NOT FULL TIME JAZZ RADIOS, BUT I DO MY BEST TO BETTER DAYS TO IMPROVISED MUSIC.REGARDS.KEEP SWING.EDSON.
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I am always joyous to witness, connect with and be a part of your eternal artistry. I am sure that my spirit will come alive when I am again able to sing in concert with the movement of your percussive polyphony. Aubrey
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How are things? How is your daughter? She must be like 20 something by now!
My daughter Ava is 9. Man, let me know when you're in NYC we have to hang. Ill be around the burgh this summer on vakay with ava too. I'm on tour in France right now, back on 4/22. Miss your sound Busy BEE!!