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.
I sure many of you music lovers have that one song that helped made you fall in love. R&B artist such as R. Kelly, Shai, Gerald Levert, and Boyz 2 Men made love songs that still get plays at weddings and parties. I'm sure growing up as a kid, that special guy gave you a mix-tape of mix love songs, or gave you a poem that stated love lyrics. Country music has some of the most romantic songs of all time because of its raw nature and down-to-earth feel. Other artist such as D'Angelo, Percy Sledge, Faith Hil, Randy Travis and Frank Ocean connected with fans with love songs that will last forever. Even The Temptations and Ed Sheeran are being played in high school parties today! For those of you who are older, I know it's going to difficult for you to decides. There has been many love songs made over the years by so many new and older artist. The Wrap-Up Magazine want to hear from you. What song over time has touched your heart the most? What's your all time favorite R&B love song? Comment below and be sure to share.
USA Todayis reporting, German car manufacturer Porsche is partnering with airplane maker Boeing to create a "premium urban air mobility vehicle," also known as a flying car. As the two companies seek to develop a concept and better understand what the market for a flying vehicle might be in the coming years. Boeing says that it is already laying the foundation for next-generation mobility in which "autonomous and piloted vehicles can safely coexist." A 2018 Porsche study concluded that the flying-car market will take off by 2025, offering passengers new means of "terrestrial transport, at a lower cost and with greater flexibility." Other startups like Massachusetts-based Alaka'i Technologies and Next Future Transportation have plans to launch flying car concepts into the clouds as early as 2020. Earlier this year, Boeing successfully completed the first test of its prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle. It's unclear when this on-demand air transportation could become widely available. Read More