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.
My name is Ian Kane and I have been searching a long time for a male jazz/scat singer to join a jazz vocal trio that I am putting together.
A little background: I moved here 2 years ago from Brooklyn NY with my wife. I had an 8-piece band there that specialized in the American Songbook (1920s - 1940s in particular). I am a professional jazz pianist and arranger and our shows involved a lot of old stage-jazz elements to them (dancers, props, vaudeville, hoofing).
I am trying to re-establish my band here in Pittsburgh, which is AS appropriate a city for such a thing as NYC.
The only difference with the band here is that I am adding a third singer.
Lambert Hendricks & Ross is a big inspiration (I saw your photo with him) as is Louis Prima & Keely Smith.
Listening to your version of "Lady Be Good" here, and given your musical and theater background, I can tell that you would be a great fit for our group.
Would you be interested in meeting up with us to explore the possibility?
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or call me at 718-687-8374.
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We are looking to make some money off of this venture.
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
YES, I ADMIT IT, I WAS THERE. HOPE YOU DON'T HOLD IT AGAINST ME! I WORK WITH THE GROVE DOCTORS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS AND WEDDINGS FROM TIME TO TIME. THAT WAS A VERY NICE WEDDING. WHAT A DIVERSE BUNCH OF FOLKS. i REALLY HAD A GOOD TIME. HOPE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION.