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.
Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet returns to Cioppino's Restaurant this coming Saturday, Aug 11th, featuring Joe Defazio on piano, Vince Taglieri on drums, Kevin Barefoot on bass, myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the amazing jazz, blues and pop singer, Laura Ferguson doing the vocals. We start at 7pm and jam up till 11pm. Looking forward to seeing you there. Call for reservations at 412-281-6593See More
Hi folks, join us next Thursday as we perform songs from the Great American Songbook, plus other tunes at Wallace's Whisky Room in East Liberty. Mark Strickland will be on guitar, Bob Insko on bass, Vince Taglieri on drums, myself Roger on trumpet, and featured vocalist will be Betsy Riddle Ruderfur, narrating and singing songs from the past. Looking forward to a great evening. Hope to see you thereSee More
Hi Folks, Join us as we return to Cioppino's Restaurant in the Strip district on Saturday July 28th where we will be playing from 7pm till 11pm. All start line-up starts with Joe Defazio on piano,Vince Taglieri on drums, Dan Wasson on electric bass, myself Roger on trumpet, and from Indiana Pa one of the newest and most talented singers on the Pgh jazz scene, Laura Ferguson, doing the vocalsSee More
Roger Barbour Band will be playing at the Pgh CLO Backstage Bar on Friday July 27th from 5pm till 7pm. Andy Yalch will be on Piano, Vince Taglieri on drums and myself Roger on trumpet and flugelhorn. Looking forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, RogerSee More
I am leader of the " Roger Barbour Jazz Quartet" . I am one of the performing groups in the Pgh Cultural Trust Jazz Live series at the Pgh CLO. We also Perform for corporations around town, Weddings and private parties
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Sean Jones, Roger Humphrey, Gene Ludwig, Nelson Harrison
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
C.J.s restaurant and nightclub
I play trumpet and fleugelhorn and have played in most of the jazz venues in the Pittsburgh area. Also have played in several other cities and states including Las Vegas Nevada and also Paris France
Unless something totally unexpected occurs, Kathy & I will see you at Melange Bistro Bar on 8/14. We should have between 9 - 13 people we will be bringing with us. I don't suppose that this should present any problem (never been there). We'll try to make reservations. Looking forward to it.
Hi Roger, It was a real pleasure to meet you at last night's open stage at the Around The Corner in Millvale. You and Joe Romeo(on sax) made for a great impromptu horn section and sounded fantastic. Thanks for taking the night's Yinzide Out project up to another level. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will see you again. Thanks, Dave
Rodger is my main man,and we go back very far. I was happy to talk with you and play on stage once again with you at Bpep. Looks like you are moving right along. I hope to catch one of your shows soon. Until we meet again, your friend ALI
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
Hi Roger! How are you? I heard your CD for the first time on Saturday at Little E's. I was very impressed! They played it in between our sets all night, so I guess the owner was impressed with it too. How can I get a copy? I tried to look for it online, but I had no luck.