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 in Pittsbrgh till the age of 12. Plenty of family in Pittsburgh, 3 brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles...ect. Went to Madison Elementary and Knoxville Jr. High until 7th grade. Played quarterback for Beltzhoover Browns and Lincoln Larimer Panthers.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
My brother Kennard Williams, who bought my first guitar and taught me to play when I was a kid living in Pittsburgh. Luther DeJarunett, Mark Strickland, Jimmy Ponder, Dwayne Dolphin, Roger Humphries, Bill and George Heid, Rex Rideout, Tony Campbell, Howie Alexander, Tony DePaulis, George Benson, Larry Smith who now lives in Detroit as I do....
I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:
You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Larry Smith recorded Estate' a few years back; I kind of ripped him for it...Oh, if you run into him tell him I said thanks. The authors of Estate' are Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti...beautiful tune!
We are so happy to have you with us. Do you see Larry Smith in Detroit. If you do, please invite him to join the network. All of his homies wouls love to be back in touch with him. Your music is very nice and thank you for posting photos and videos. Don't forget to add captions and tags to your posts as that is how t attract teaffic. Thank you for joining and Happy Holidays.
Welcome, My Brother! You'll find that The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is a very good place to be. For some reason I thought that you were already on here. I know that you'll be sharing a lot of good music with everyone. Have a great week! Talk to you soon!