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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, Parlan to 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.






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Started by Christopher Dean Sullivan. Last reply by Maryellen Hayden Jun 11, 2009. 34 Replies

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Comment by Roberta Windle on June 23, 2010 at 1:40am
It would be a huge plus for all the Pgh. Jazz Lovers as well as those from elsewhere. It might just boost the interest of this wonderful form of intellegent music, in this, our hometown!
Comment by James R. Meny on April 24, 2009 at 6:30pm
Maybe we should ask the potential audiences about whether or not there should be a Jazz Festival, if you're looking to make money at it. Otherwise, just do it for the fun of it.
Comment by Hassan Jones on April 22, 2009 at 5:09pm
Yes I think it's monumental ..Ican remember going to the festivals as a boy. I saw Ella Phits Gareld. and other jazz grates .perform.The caliber of foke there were awsome.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 4, 2009 at 4:10pm
George Wein was the producer of the Kool Jazz Festival and subsequently the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 4, 2009 at 4:09pm
March 4, 2009 Wein Seeks to Regain Control of Newport Festivals By BEN RATLIFF Amid rumors of an uncertain future for the Newport jazz and folk festivals, the veteran jazz concert producer George Wein — who founded them in the 1950s but ceded control over them two years ago — Tuesday gained permission to negotiate to regain them. He said he intended to hold the festivals at Fort Adams State Park, their usual site in Newport, R.I., but the names of the festivals, the corporate name that Mr. Wein might use and a corporate sponsor are still undecided. Mr. Wein is returning as a festival producer in altered circumstances. After pioneering the outdoor jazz-festival business and serving as boss for dozens of international festivals, he has in recent years seemed content to assume a back-seat position. In 2007 the Festival Network LLC, a new business under the leadership of the entrepreneur Chris Shields, bought the assets of Mr. Wein’s company, including the trademarks of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, for a figure in the low millions, while giving him a salaried producer-emeritus position within the company. Mr. Wein said he had not been paid since Nov. 15. Since 2007 the Festival Network aggressively pursued the concept of mixed-genre destination festivals, in vacation spots like Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Whistler, British Columbia. But The Providence Journal-Bulletin and The Boston Globe have reported recently that the company lost millions of dollars last year and at least until January was in debt to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for last year’s use of Fort Adams State Park. Mr. Shields was not available for comment. John Phillips, who has helped produce the festivals for 30 years under Mr. Wein and Mr. Shields, said the Festival Network had recently paid off its debts; this was confirmed by Larry Mouradjian, the associate director of natural resources for the department. However, according Mr. Mouradjian, the department declared the Festival Network’s license agreement for running the festivals in Fort Adams Park null and void because of the late payment. This, according to Mr. Mouradjian, “opened the door for us to be able to look for an alternative” producer to hold jazz and folk festivals at the park. Talks began with Mr. Wein, and on Tuesday, at a meeting of the Rhode Island State Properties Committee in Providence, Mr. Wein received approval to negotiate a new music-festival license agreement for the use of Fort Adams State Park with the state. Mr. Wein said that he would like to put on his Newport festivals with or without a sponsor, even though he knows he would lose money without one. It remains to be seen whether the annual end-of-June jazz festival in New York — produced for years by Mr. Wein’s company and then by the Festival Network — will be presented at all, or in reduced form.

At the moment, Mr. Wein, 83, said, his ambitions were limited. “The easiest thing for me would be to run away, but I got a few more years to live,” he said, adding that he’s going to go back in business primarily to save Newport. “In my mind, it’s just a matter of preserving my legacy.”
Comment by Maryellen Hayden on March 4, 2009 at 3:13am
Let's get through Derrick's funeral first, then set up another meeting.
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Comment by Kevin Amos on February 23, 2009 at 4:33pm
I have a question....wasn't there supossed to be a meeting on this? If there was one, what were the results? If there was a discussion how come none of it has been posted?

Who is going to determine what artists will play where and how they will be compinsated?

Not only do I believe that Deririck should be recognized but others as well. It is indeed sad that his life has been cut short and I offer my condolences to his family. Perhap a scholorship fund for young musicians should be set up.

I asked some folks to call me but as of today this hasn't happened. I'm pretty busy but I really am willing to help. I need a conversation first however.
Comment by Maryellen Hayden on February 23, 2009 at 5:15am
The 1st Annual Jazz Festival of Pittsburgh
Dedicated to Dr. Derrick Finch

Will be held at various locations on September 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2009.

We Call for Artists starting today. Please send your demo and prootional materials to Maryellen Hayden, Allegheny County ACORN, 5907 Penn Avenue, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

A Call for Volunteers: Please Email if you would like to volunteer.

We need volunteers to serve on the advisory committee, for web design, promotions, fundraising, and event activities.
Comment by Mark Willard on February 21, 2009 at 10:28pm
To get the interest going, Pittsburgh has to once again have destinations to which people will come to hear jazz. In the past, The Balcony, Walt Harper's, Dow's, Crawford Grille all attracted national talent. Pittsburgh has great talent and many jazz musicians are well known locally. However, to have a jazz festival, we will need to bring in musicians from other parts of the country that will attract the number of persons necessary to make it a success. To do this we need a venue that we do not currently have.

I am hoping that the Cultural District will spawn such a place. Once we get national talent coming to Pittsburgh again to be greeted by crowds of fans, we can have a real jazz festival.

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