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.
Benny Benack Sr., Benny Benack Jr., Sean Jones, Eric DeFade, Max Leake, Jamie Moore, Roger Humphries, Flip Benack, Spider Rondinelli, Craig Davis, Sandy Staley, Ahmad Jamal, Jim Pugh,
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
DUQ 90.5, Sirius sattelite radio channel 72 - Pure Jazz
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Martini's...Gullifty's...Backstage Bar (Cabaret at Theatre Square), CJ's in the Strip,Jackson's...anywhere they support jazz
I love playing, listening, and performing jazz. I've been fortunate to have been brought up on jazz and where better to get an education than in a city as rich in jazz culture as Pittsburgh? I hope I can one day make a living playing the music I love and I know I'll be happy.
Tony and Kay Janflone Jr. have sold their house and are planning to move to Florida.
On June 27th at Carson City Saloon from 2pm till whenever, we are going to visit with and give them our best wishes.
Carson City is usually closed on Sundays, but they are going to open so we can have this party. No gifts since they are moving.
Come out and see Tony and Kay before they leave.
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
Yeah, me and Adam played together at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program last month. And yes it is a small world: it was crazy the number of people who knew people. Anyhow, hope to see you out at the sessions sometime this summer.