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.
It's great to see you joined the Pittsburgh Jazz Network!
Also, it's great to have another Brentwood High School Alumnus on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network too!
I played an Easter Service with you with Tim Slater a few years ago and you were absolutely phenomenal with one of the Movements from the Hummel Concerto and all the other Sacred pieces of music we played that day.
You were just flawless in your performance for those rehearsals and services.
Also, you have a wondeful personality and you are very friendly and terrific to work with.
Currently, I work at Jazz Workshop, Inc. as the Artistic Director.
At JWS, I'm in charge of the JWS Saturday School of Music, and puttting together Outreach Programs and Family Night Concerts.
I play with various jazz, Top 40, R&B, and Latin bands along with playing Sacred Music at churhes.
That would be great if you enrolled in our Saturday School of Music at Jazz Workshop, Inc.
We could help you with jazz improvisation, and small and large jazz ensemble classes, and any other style of music you wish to study.
Registeration for the JWS School of Music is September 13th from 12 PM-4:30 PM.
Feel free to call me or email me any time.
Congratulations on all your achievements in music.
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 841-8046 (C)
(412) 422-4149 (H)