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 George I would like you to do a performance with the Jazz Workshop,Family Night, Nov. 25th 2009.
Please contact me here at my e mail email@example.com and leave me your contact number. Peace & Blessings.
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
Thanks for the Friend Add George. I hope I can continue to contribute in my own small way here and it's been a pleasure "meeting" all these great musicians that knew my dad; I had no idea of how many of you guys regularly played together! By the way, I uploaded a picture yesterday and I think it might be you in the corner. Please view it and confirm so I can update the caption. Thanks.
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At 10:01pm on September 23, 2008, Moe Seager said…
Wow, you had an incredible childhood experience with your mother, many jazz greats. I remember when you backed me up a few times as I poemed. I'm glad to know you remain a staple of the Pgh. Jazz scene. See you on my next visit to the Burgh. I hope we join each other again in word-beat. If you send me your email, I'll send you some poems. My latest, Jazz Is, now on Pittsburgh Jazz Network member page. I recall well, your eclectic cultural consciousness. Me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep the Beat on the Pulse of Life
Your photgraphs are so great..Love seeing them..You are an artist here as well. Have you thought of putting a showing together in Pgh?
That would be great..maybe a joint showing with others that were posted here from Nelson, George Heid, and other wonderful photography contributors here.THere are some amazing pics on this site
There should be a permanet place in Pgh where these are displayed..
Would love to see you all be able to sell some of these too
How about a pgh jazz commeration calendar...
Hmmm...maybe someone will pick up on this ...Got any ideas Nelson?(!!!)
Thanks for sharing your art(s) George,