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.
He has been a Travelin Musician for a number of years and I hardy ever can catch up with him as he is Playin a lot at home and not out an about when here.. Gigs not doin to much theses days as Iam remodelin my House. Played Tenor with the Gene Krupa Show in Ft Meyers last Monday with Drummer Arthur Von Blomberg. This week Last Flight Out Big Band Leader Carlos Pinera, Tenor and we have Gigs later in the month. Then Mike Norris Buddy Rich Tribute Band on Thursday Tenor.
My Dearest Walt: Thank you so much for sending me the links! I'm trying to type this as fast as I can, this is the third time my computer has crashed! (Smile).
Please let Michelle, Flo, Nelson, Tim, Eric, Nathan and all of the other fantastic jazz musicians in Pittsburgh how grateful I am that they did his Memorial beautiful! And his family, too!
I will dedicate my performance at the historic and beautiful "Lenox Lounge" to him on Saturday, May 14, 2011! He nicknamed me "Sunshine," so there WILL BE sunshine in the Club! I will miss his laughter, our 10 hour long distance telephone calls, his musicianship! He kept ALL my postcards, letters, etc. from 1978! I sent him a Christmas card this Christmas! I simply loved him. Period and will miss him, miss him!
Here's my contact information:
Ms. Rochelle Thompson
310 West 148th Street
New York, NY `10039 (212) 234-0932, cell (646) 620-1673
Unfortunately I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. DeJarunett. But, if I could receive or be told how to find his music, it would be my pleasure to present, Mr. DeJarunett on www.thejazzintersection.org, Podcast.
Luther, Thanks for all of the times that you welcomed me to come and play wherever you were, when I would come home to visit.. made me feel like I'd never moved away... I'll miss you Bro, and especially when I come to Pittsburgh. Even though I'll miss you, I know that you'll always be with me..
Luther, Sence we meet some fourty years ago. I have always enjoyed and admired the things that you have contributed to the music community, especially to the Guitar community that i am proud to be a part of, thanks to you.You are an icon in the guitar industry, and thanks to you, I wear the guitar as a badge of honor.you have brought pride, professionalism,honor, and fun to the guitar profession, in short. " TOU MAKE ME PROUD TO BE CALLED A GUITAR PLAYER" Peace to Ronny Wingfield
For Black Circle Records, Ray Mitchell's AppleRay Records and myself, thanks for your musical contributions, to Music of Pittsburgh's Supertown, for your friendship and the times we shared talking of the Lord, the music and mutual friends. You will be missed. God be with you on your journey. Bobby Fulton
I can't even express the wonderful feeling I get just to hear Luther's name much less his music. I thank him for the countless times he gave me peace of mind through his smooth guitar. What a kind, gentle man who was so loving to so many. I only wish I had many, many more people in my life as considerate and compassionate as Luther. What a huge loss this is in many ways. I am deeply saddened but will always have fond memories of Luther and the thought of him will always put a smile on my face. Rest in peace Luther.
Thank you Luther, for the kind advice and fellowship over the short two years that I have known you. You were a fine musican, guitarist, and a generous and gentle human being. Please rest in peace........mer