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.
NSX is based out of Pittsburgh...100% Black and Gold!
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Aside from NSX, there are a lot of other great swing bands like Dr. Zoot and the Boilermakers. We also are fans of Slim Forsythe, the Metropolitans, The Inconsiderate Few, Spider Rondinelli, Sean Jones...you name it. There are so many great musicians in this town!
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
WDUQ, WYEP, my iPod
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Club Cafe, Sassy Marie's (RIP), Cefalo's Night Club, Hard Rock Cafe, Stone Villa Wine Cellar
NSX has been dedicated to preserving and updating danceable swing rhythms of the 1930s through 50s by blending elements of swing, jazz, rockabilly, blues, and other Americana forms of roots music. Notable venues that the band has performed include: Central Park (NYC), The Derby (Hollywood CA), PNC Park (Pittsburgh) and many others. NSX tied for second in the "Best Jazz Band" category in City Paper's 2008 Readers' Poll.
It is great having you as members. This is a wonderful place to promote your group, post your events and photos, videos and opinions. It is also a great place to build a fan base that you can reach with one click and keep them up to date with your activities. Looking forward to catching you live sometime and thank you for joining.