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.
I`m a Pianist/Keyboardist that`s played since I was 5 years old. I`ve played with Cheryl Lynn, Ray Parker Jr., Chante Moore, Keith Washington, Wendy Moten and Phil Perry, just to name a few.
At this time I`m proud to present my 1st CD entitled "From This Moment On" . You can purchase my 12 song CD at CD Baby & DigStation, so just click on one of the CD photo`s and it will take you to their site for purchase! Thanks for supporting the gift of music & continue to enjoy the site and all its great adventures. Sincerely, Imani Z!
Hey Imani all the years we worked together I never heard you sing lead
sounds great you always got something in your back pocket.....
call me when you come to Tokyo
I might be out your way December but only one night show with Philip Woo
from Franky Beverly I think you know each other oh and Cliff Archer Bass Atlantic Star I think you have worked together before as well.
Thank you for your kind words and your friendship!
I did go to your site and you are Fantastic! The sound, the technique, the whole package was thrilling to listen to. Thank you so much for sharing. I've been invited to Fukuoka by another pianist. If we can work this out...I certainly hope to meet you there! I worked in Japan for two months and it was a very special and wonderful experience.
I spent a few days in Fukuoka with count Basie in 1980. we bought some Hakata dolls there which we still have. We have lots of unique content here that you will enjoy. I have to post some of my Japan pictures now. Thank you for joining.