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.
This is Rhadha, again, how are you I really hope one day to meet you. OMG thanks of course to Carlos Pena, I have what I have only been dreaming of. Another copy of that album. But better than ever its on a CD. Carlos has this in own private collection. It is awesome to hear it again. I must ask you a queston thou. Do you think its okay that i upload any of it on this site. Im new at that type of thing. Let me know your thoughts. This album is so nice. It needs to be heard. I know that I would definantley put my fathers song on here. I guess that would be okay for now. Please if you can send me a comment. Thanks a ton...
hi Poogie, i met you at a session a while back and told you i'd bring you a burn of your dad's live trio record. Well i made the copy but haven't managed to run into you. I know you're busy... if you want, let me know when you'll be playing locally and i'll try to stop in. I'm also going to message Ms. Sewell since i notice she's been asking about this record.
When was the last time you talked to your dad? Do you think that he be willing to provide a copy of that album do you think? I would love to put my dads song on here. He wrote the song on there Tommy's Blues. Do you think I can list the songs from the album on here with out issue?