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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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Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations. Fielder has recorded over 13 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in 1993 with his first CD Free Flow.

He grew up in Midland, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh where he studied oboe, bassoon and tuba in the school system and clarinet, saxophone, composition and arranging privately with noted Pittsburgh area tenor saxophonist Phillip Celli. Fielder is also a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. Fielder's debut jazz performance was as a member of the Joe Harris Quartet, former drummer of the Charlie Parker Quintet and Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. After relocating to NYC, he was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1984, studying with trumpeter/composer Frank Gordon and completed his first large work, The Aquarian for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra. While in NYC, he also performed with a host of current jazz stars such as pianist/composer Geri Allen and trombonist Robin Eubanks among many others.

After eight years in NYC, Fielder moved to Los Angeles and studied with alto legend, Charles McPherson and embarked on the challenging path of a bandleader, establishing the Dale Fielder Quartet, the DFQ, with pianist Harold Land, Jr. in 1988. By 1995, the DFQ's personnel had settled into its current personnel with ex-Mingus pianist Jane Getz, Bill Markus and Thomas White, a unit that has remained intact for 23 years as of 2018. In 1996, Fielder and his DFQ recorded a national top-ten CD, Dear Sir: Tribute To Wayne Shorter to widespread critical acclaim. In 1997, Fielder received his first commission and wrote the extended eleven-movement jazz suite, Ocean Of Love And Mercy, which was recorded in performance by an all-star Nonet and released by Cadence Jazz Records. Fielder has since performed throughout Europe and Asia with his Quartet. Selected as BET’s 1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET.

In 2003, Fielder released his most important and ambitious work, his hour-long third extended jazz suite, Suite: Clarity to international critical acclaim. His 2005 CD, Baritone Sunride also received international attention bringing Fielder recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams, continues to document his classic jazz quartet. Fielder's other projects include performances with his avant-garde quartet, Luminous Monolith, his fourth extended work, Light and Shadow, commissioned and performed at Lenoir-Rhyne College of Fine Arts in North Carolina with the DFQ and his on-going exploration of the music of Pepper Adams, this time with performances with baritone great Gary Smulyan. Fielder also performed and acted in the play "Nobody Walks Like My Daddy" and won a nomination for 'Best Supporting Male Actor" by the NAACP Theater Awards in 2012. In 2013, Fielder performed around the country at various venues with his Tribute Quintet with a project focusing on the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961. The music from this project has been recorded and released as the CD "Each Time I Think of You" on his Clarion Jazz label in October of 2012. The DFQ~Dale Fielder Quartet's 20th Anniversary 2-Disc CD: "RESILIENCE!" was released August 2016. For 2018, Fielder released a 35-year-old project "Scene From A Dream - The Dale Fielder/Geri Allen Session NYC 1983". As with all of his albums, they are available on iTunes and CD
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Notes from the West Coast from Dale Fielder

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 11:36pm 0 Comments

Hey Everyone:

Just want to keep my Pittsburgh Peeps up to date with my recent activities. 

My new CD (can you believe it's number 14?) is coming out this summer.  It's entitled: "Each Time I Think Of You" by the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet and it features the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961.  I'll try to post the CD cover on my page.

As many of you know, I've been perusing the legacy of the late great baritone…


The Sound Of Pepper Adams

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:46am 0 Comments

This blog was first published from my column "Dale's Delight" from

I first heard the sound of Pepper Adams when I was six years old back in 1962.  My brother, who had just returned home from a 4 year stint in the U.S. Airforce, was a saxophonist and moved into my bedroom.  Seeing my… Continue

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At 12:38am on April 17, 2009, Liz Fair said…
Hi, Dale,
Just wanted to acknowledge you comment. I've been pretty busy with work, home, church, and my girls. I'll be adding new pics soon.
Take care and keep in touch.
At 10:00pm on February 25, 2009, Courtney said…
Hi Dale,
Do you know of any funeral arragements that have been made by the Finch family in PA? A group from DC would like to attend.
At 6:17pm on January 18, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Dale, thank you for noticing my pic and your comments.

On another note, (no pun intended) you are so fortunate to have found a divine partner in this Mappo. Great accomplishment, and I wish the two of you all of the happiness and togetherness the universe can muster.
At 10:12pm on January 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Dale,

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to share your tremendous rise to mastery with the homefolk. You are carrying the banner in high relief and I have personally enjoyed your news and music for many years as you have shared it with me. You are a role model for the generations to follow. Congratulations on your new hapiness and thank you for gracing the world with your beautiful music.



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