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.
Carlos Jimenez,A Yonkers, New York Native Latin Jazz flautist, composer, arranger, and producer. Jimenez started on trumpet at age 4, then he switch to flute at age 10. Jimenez' first music teacher was Mr. Pablo Leon at the Francisco Zayas Santana’s High School in Villalba, Puerto Rico. After arriving to New York in 1995, Jimenez studied flute with; Mitch Frohman, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Dave Valentin, Vinny Rikitelli, and Dave Fenucane at the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Jimenez then studied piano with the great; Hilton Ruiz, Sonny Bravo, Mike Longo, and Barry Harris., When Jimenez met, pianist composer, arranger, conductor, and once Dizzy Gilespie's musical director, Mr. Mike Longo, his piano teacher, was when Mr. Jimenez' theory and musical ideas expanded. Hilton Ruiz has performed with Jimenez and Jimenez with Hilton's Latin Jazz All Stars. January 25, 2005 Jimenez debuted his first Latin Jazz production with Legendary Afro-Cuban pianist, Hilton Ruiz.. The CD was titled, "Arriving" under Jimenez' own label CJMartinete Music Co. His composition titled, Tunnel of Flowers was featured in a romantic Valentine Day compilation titled, “Vivid Chocolates.” October 14 2006 Jimenez released "El Flautista" his second Latin Jazz Production with his mentor, teacher, friend & Master Saxophonist Bobby Porcelli. Also featuring bassest, Gregg August; pianist, David Braham; trumpeter, John Walsh & Swifted timbalero also Jimenez' brother, Guillermo Jimenez. Carlos Jimenez has also recorded with Legendary flutist and Grammy Award Winner Mr. Dave Valentin. On June 1st 2008 Jimenez came out with his new release titled Thoughts. Now he is triying to open new doors and showing his other versatilities by creating 11 original compositions with extrodinary results.This third CD titled, “THOUGHTS (Pensamientos) is a wonderful production featuring greats like; Ruben Rodriguez on bass and Vince Cherico on drums. Jimenez along with vibist, Jay Hoggard, Ruben Rodriguez, Dean Vazquez & Vince Cherico will also be featured on Going Back To N.O.L.A a wonderful tribute to the Legendary pianist Hilton Ruiz produced by Aidita Ruiz/HRM Records.
Will you be coming in for the concert? We are looking for volunteers to ride the musicians from and back to the airport and I would love to be able to match up volunteers with them who are also musicians. Let me know if you are interested.
I will definitely be at the concert. Check out our website to see more info www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org
Thank you for gracing our network with your presence. We have some strong and very popular Latin bands in Pittsburgh some of whom you may know. Thanks to them we also have a very solid Latin dance community. I'll help connect you with a couple of new friends. You also may know Mickey Bass who is a Pittsburgh native.
We all miss Hilton.
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