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.
Born and raised South of Pittsburgh , Born and raised in the church raised on church hymns. Than Around 20yrs old after hearing Parliament Funkadelic funk bass synth,I fell in love with that sound and end up picking up a bass guitar. I now play with the group" Minestree".
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
George Benson, Joe Negri, Miles Davis
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Now seeking musicians for a church in Canonsburg area, To play on Sundays and different functions mostly weekends when not busy. Will play a mixture of contemporary, jazz, folk type, crossover music. This may lead to something more serious inquires only. I also play for a gospel group called Minestree 5 women that sing gospel music they were just on Bobby Jones show. And they are working on their 2 CD. If you go to www.ministree.com you can hear them.
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I don't play the clubs too much but you can catch me whenever the Roger humphries Big Band plays. I also play with the Blues Orphans and we are at Little E's once/month. I play mostly private jobs but if anything public comes up, you can find it on the events page or in an email blast. I regularly hang out at The Ava Lounge on Mondays and sit-in as well. That is one of the very best hangs in the Pittsburgh scene. More like a musicians club and it is the unofficial clubhouse for Pittsburgh Jazz Network members. Howie Alexander is the bandleader/host. Please add him as a friend on this network.
Bass player are a wonderful and rare breed. We are so glad to have you on board. Feel free to use the network to express your opinions, artistry and to recruit musicians and fans as you have already begun. you can post audio and visual examples on your page quite easily. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.
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