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.
Pete Henderson, Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge, Tommie Turntine, Art Blakely, Joe Dukes, Sylvester Goshay, Roger Humphries, Frenchy Gilmore, Jeff Montgomery, Tommy Washington Jr., Gene Ludwig, David "Sugar" Cain, Wendell Byrd, Larry "Butch" McGee, George Benson, Jimmy Ponder, Eric Johnson, Tony Jamflone Sr., Ahmahd Jamal, Dave Budway, Dickie Lilly, Tony Campbell, Stanley Turntine, Kenny Blake, Rodney McCoy, Arnold Stiggers, Dwayne Dolphin,
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
KCSM San Mateo, California, Pandora, and DUQ
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
FRiday Nights at Gullifty's
I grew up in Homewood,which had a Jazz club on Hamilton Ave in the late 1950's early 1960's, The Rendezvous Lounge. On my way to Cub Scout meetings I had to go past The Rendezvous and listen to Jon Bartel, Johnny Lytle, Kenny Burrell, Wendel Byrd, Gene Ludwig, laying down the groove. Quincy, the bouncer would chase me away, but I would go to the rear of the building, and on a summer night the kitchen door would be open and those sweet sounds floated in to my head. It was infectious, I began playing trumpet at age 9,. I acheived some success, but not what dillegent practice and road experience would give me. I enjoy listening to Miles, Freddie, Blue Mitchell, Virgil Jones, Arturo Sandoval, and especially Lee Morgan. I have two dreams first, of playing with human metronomes Idris Muhammad and Chico Hamilton, power drummmers like Cobham, and the tight Latin band Irakere. Second, a vacation at the Montreaux Jazz Festival (I have one more to put through college and then its my time). As things develop I will edit my page. See you at the Jazz Club
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We certainly appreciate your taste in musicians. Seems like you go way back to the good old days. A number of your favorites are members of this network and you can add them as friends so you can communicate directly with them at any time without running up your phone bill. Thank you for joining.