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 for writing! I am glad you're enjoying the music. Matching visual art along with the music is something I often think about, and your photos are lovely - let's be in touch about this idea. Typically, the group plays in NYC every month, but I've just been so busy putting together our April tour, that I've hardly been able to think about what comes afterwards. Our next show in the city is the tour finale - April, 20 @ Tutuma Social Club in midtown. If you feel comfortable forwarding your email address, I'd be happy to add you to our mailing list, which will ensure that you get a heads up about NYC performances. All my best, Mara
Happy New Year to you and many blessings for 2009.
Your website photography is gorgeous. I am originally from Nova Scotia, so your photos reminded me of home. And thanks for your comments on the songs, so glad you like the music, and if interested the CD is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/kathleeng .Would be nice to hear your cornet on some of my tunes. Always happy to meet a creative person like yourself. Cheers.
All the best,
Hi Bruce - Ahhhh, you have the gift . . . the wisdom of the blues! :) Thank you for your warm wishes and kind words. I too am wishing you and yours the best of the best in 2009! Long live the depth and wonder of the blues . . upwards and onwards!
Thanks for your kind vote of confidence. I enjoyed your photos and appreciate your sharing them. We do end up at CJ's jam as often as life allows... there is always GREAT music there! Thanks much for taking a minute to say hello
My warmest wishes to you.....Music for your heart and Light for you soul!
Thank you for listening and for your thoughtful comments.
I really appreciate that very much.
I don't know when I'll be back in Pgh for a visit, hopefully in the spring.
Let me know if you get to NYC.
I really like the photo on your page.
all the best,
What a joy to have an aficionado like you among our members. We look forward to your input and commentary as you see fit. This network should keep you abreast of the local jazz happenings so that you may partake in person on your next quick visit. Thank you so much for joining and happy holidays.