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.
Nancy J. Wintner is owner of Pittsburgh-based GWN Consultants which specialize in marketing and public relations services for small businesses and professional service firms. She may be the only Pittsburgh area marketing professional using an innovative problem solution approach to marketing that helps businesses attract new clients.
A marketing and public relations professional for nearly 30 years, Ms. Wintner’s experience includes creating, managing and directing business/practice development campaigns, local, regional and national publicity, marketing and public relations campaigns, and creating and marketing web sites. Results have included increased revenues for her clients.
Prior to starting her own company nearly 20 years ago, Ms. Wintner was a Senior Account Executive for Ketchum Public Relations --one of the nation’s premier public relations agencies in the 80s--for nearly a decade.Her accounts included the award-winning National Geographical Television series and the popular KOOL JAZZ Festivals. Ketchum received three awards as a result of her publicity efforts for the National Geographic Specials.
Following Ketchum, Ms.Wintner served as Marketing Director for several professional service firms where she developed, spearheaded and implemented business/practice development and marketing and public relations campaigns.
Ms. Wintner is an Accredited Public Relations Executive (APR)--by the Public Relations Society of America -- the highest possible certification for a public relations professional.
Ms. Wintner is in her fourth year on the Board of Directors for SMC Business Councils, a non-profit organization which represents more than 3,000 small businesses in Western Pennsylvania. She is an Officer and currently serving as Vice Chairwoman for SMC's prestigious Communications Committee. She is also on SMC's “Ask the Expert” hotline panel where she fields questions from members who are struggling with marketing issues.
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BTW....Nelson. Thanks so much for your willingness to tell your colleagues about my professional experience and credentials! I appreciate that! You are the best! I still remember the first time I met you in the Hillman Library when I was a Pitt student! Eons ago!!
It's great to be in touch again. If you have any photos from the Kool Jazz Festivals you promoted, they would be a welcome addition to your page. Please add me as a friend and I'll help spread the word about your outstanding professional services among the members.
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