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.
James Street Tavern & Restaurant is my favorite supper club!
A new club called Little E's is also becoming a favorite venue!
Dr. E is an Ohio based singer and songwriter whose vocals have been compared to a range of soul artists including Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, and even Billie Holiday.
Dr. E's music can currently be heard on Soulchoonz Radio and Jazz City Radio.
Dr. E Musical Synopsis:
From the first moment you hear the clever lyrics and the dancing jazz rhythms, you recognize that Elevated isn’t your typical R&B effort. With a voice, which has all the character of Billie Holiday, raspy and playful, Dr. E has a diverse style that includes hints of blues, jazz, gospel and pop. Elevated is a collection of moods and themes including fighting for human rights (Dance To My Song); Pursuing one’s dreams (Put It Down; Good Girl Down). The title track, “Elevated,” is about overcoming adversity. “Your Everything” is a simple yet funky acoustic love song. “Walk This Road” is smooth and jazzy, while “Here’s That Rainy Day” and the poem that introduces it, “Breaking,” pay tribute to Phyllis Hyman. “Let Me Clear My Throat” exudes down home blues woman sass!
“Vocally, Dr. E’s instrument recalls the lighter and playful side of Patti Labelle’s voice during her formative years in the Bluebelles.”- Mark Anthony Neal, commentator for National Public Radio
I have been in the Pittsburgh area since July of last year. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat there is somewhere to sit in. I am trying to do an early jam(matinee) but work every other saturday and they need to get skilled cats to be the house band. The place has many bands many days of the week but the jam is a thing Kevin Amos is trying to do as 'Fan Appreciation'. It did better when the venues actually hired the band, but then sometimes the jazz folks do'nt spend as much as the DJ crowd afterwards.- thanx for interest and would love you to come through again- kev
I still look at your listings and want to drive to Ohio and check you out and maybe sit in if you like on sax. But just seeing and hearing you sing will be a treat!- kev Oh I am listening to your new tracks from your release and it sounds great! You writing songs? Elevated is wonderful, mature, convincing and delivery from the heart, go on girl- kev
I played at Penn State regularly in the early( and all the ) 90s in a Harrisburg jazz group called 'Fusion 4' mainly at Stoney's Post House, Spats( over 40 crowd), various private parties. The president of the musicians union was Andrew Jackson from Chester Pa. , I think Ronnie Burrage( great jazz drummer) is still there. I am watching you work it on you tube!- kevin hurst
Hello Elaine, Are you performing currently and if yes, where? Also, I would love to hear your sing or hear one of your tunes. Do you have CD or samples of your music?
I hope to hear from you and to hear you. In the meantime, I wish you a great and joyful adventure on the artistry road.