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.
Michele, You wouldn't remember me, but there were many many times I went to your performances to marvel at that unique and powerful voice. Once---at the Balcony I believe---I offered you a copy of Anita O'Day's biography in case the life of a female singer doing one-nighters on tour with the Krupa band might interest you. I still have a flyer from an appearance of yours during your time in NYC. Keep that voice thrilling Pittsburgh Jazz fans. Is your daughter following in your footsteps? Bob Garvin, Bandera, Texas
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thank you for the welcome! and to think you've been as warm on the radio waves since day one...thanks for your sound - a better world because of it....i would never have guessed anyone would want me as a member of their club!...I'm still adjusting to these electric communications devices of today, takes me a while to catch on, all still seems rather mysterious....my rip van wrinkle syndrome, you know....perhaps we can speak again one day in person! until then, ciao!
Hi Michele, Really appreciate you getting me back into the loop. I've heard your singing great these days. I'd love to buy a copy of your last CD, so let me know how we can make it happen. Hope to see you and hear you in the spring. Take care. -Steph