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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, Parlan to 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.






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Seattle’s soul-singer-songwriter Darrius Willrich drips a sensuous
interplay of soul, jazz, and inner city longings. Sure to engage your all your senses, with the look, sound and feel of yesterday’s soul-today. The spirit of Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, and Herbie Hancock, season the musical stew that is Darrius...Sweet Urban Soul.

Being a trained jazz pianist, a soulful singer, and an intelligent songwriter, with love for hip-hop, Darrius Willrich delivers
feel good music drawn from a wide skill spectrum. The lyrics and message uplift and encourage you to live and love without constraint.

Darrius Willrich’s sound is sweet, melodic, harmonically rich, and infectious. Initially inspired by Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Babyface, Darrius has crafted a fun, colorful, and sexy style. He is definitely top consideration as a soundtrack for love, sex, romance and living life fully.

With a degree in jazz piano, a voice full of tone, and songwriting rich in sensitivity, his songs take you back and propel you forward all at once. Darrius’ years of experience as an instrumentalist, sideman, leader, producer and recording artist, allow him to paint soul using a rich and diverse sonic palette of warm colors and textures. With the urban elements resonating in rich and thought provoking lyrics, Darrius mixes an array of genres delivering Sweet Urban Soul.
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Darrius Willrich and Critical Sun Recordings proudly present “Can’t Get Enough”, where urban low end meet jazz and sweet soul.

All Songs Darrius Willrich 2008 (P)Critical Sun Publishing 2008 All Rights Reserved
Produced by Vitamin D
Recorded at The Pharmacy, Donyeastudios, ContactCreate and Feelin Alright Productions Studios Seattle, WA
Engineers: Vitamin D, Donyea Goodman, Bubba Jones, K Stiell and Matthew Meares
Mixed by Vitamin D at Woodshed Studios Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ken Lee Mastering Oakland, CA

Featuring Choklate, Donyea Goodman, Jake One, Emily McIntosh, Whitney James, Thaddeus Turner, Herman Brown, Chris Littlefield, Steve Scalfati, Len Hammond and Geoffrey Castle

Twenty five percent of this album's sales goes to support PATH: A catalyst for global health.

“Can’t Get Enough” comprises a hard hitting collection of Sweet Urban Soul productions. This full length album features a visionary blend of live, electronic, programmed and sequenced instrumentation. Featured here also are the amazing ears, musicianship and attention to detail of two of Darrius’ favorite multi talented music makers on the planet-Vitamin D and Donyea Goodman.

Here sweet soul, delicate jazz, and experimental electronica ride atop the swagger of hip hop/funk drums and bass. This album artfully unifies the life, the loves and struggles of an artist’s desire to love and embrace it all

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At 8:00pm on September 1, 2009, Darrius Willrich said…
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus
At 1:31am on March 18, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Darrius,

Thank you for joinng and adding your wonderful music to our mix. So nice to hear your original sounds.

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