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 Pittsburgh. Started out on the Northside of the Burgh.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Erin Burkett, Harold Betters, Phonex jazz Project, Rodney Mccoy, Roger Humphries, Shawnee Lake, Matt McClintock John Ercskine, Southside Jerry, Muddy Kreek Blues band
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
90.5FM, 88.3FM, 91,3FM
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I have been singing since a chid. I started in church at fifteen. I have been singing blues for 14 years now. I have opened for Kelly Ritchie, Greg "Fingers" Taylor. I'm in a band now called Miss Freddye & Blue Faze.
Recently joined Bonedog Records as recording artist. Finished my first CD, which was released Sept. 2010! Titled "That Kinda Woman"!
I have performed in the Pgh Blues Festival, the Heritage Music and Blues Festival, the Riverside Blues Festival. I perform for the following charties; Relay for Life, Divas for a Cure, Stand Down for the Homless Veterans.
Hey Miss Freddye,
need to talk with you again, I dont know what keeps happening to your Phone #. Anyway you can call me at the office 304-636-6182, home phone experiancing dificulties. Hotel rooms are a go....
hey freddy i have a date for "THE PITTSBURGH BLUES -R&B- EXPLOSION!!
JANUARY 31TH AT PD'S RUB IN SQUARE HILL ARE YOU IN
MUDDY KREEK BLUES BAND
FREDDIE AND BLUE FAZE
SMOOTH GROVE BAND let me know soon if you can do it!!
Thanks to Jason Caliguri, Keith Gamble, Chris Nacy, and John Erskine, from our band "Ms Freddye and the Blue Faze Band". Because of their tireless efforts and outstanding musical talents, we won the Applachian Blues competition in West Virginia! We will be competing at the 25th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Feb 2009. Luv you guys!!!!