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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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, Parlan to 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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

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Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (5)

WDUQ IS SOLD: Voice your opinion here.

 

WDUQ sold, for much less than its owner sought

BY CHRIS POTTER

 

Well, it could have been a worse. A lot worse. Duquesne University could have sold WDUQ-FM --…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2011 at 2:30am — 11 Comments

DR KING SPEAKS ABOUT JAZZ

 

I know a lot of you have probably read this before but I wanted to post it today. Remember...to fulfill the dream you have to live up to and help keep the promises you make.

 

Kevin

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- Opening speech at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival



Humanity and the Importance of Jazz



"God has brought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his

creatures with the capacity to create - and from this capacity…

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Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude



Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 8, 2011 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Searching for info

My name is Christopher Spencer. My father was a Jazz Musician in Pittsburgh named Scipio Spencer. He passed away in 1997, at that time I had moved to Houston Tx. Im trying to find out information on just how involved and what impact my Father had on the Jazz scene in the city. My father played the piano, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps in that area. If there is anyone out there that may have known my father and might can give me some insight on this matter please contact…

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Added by Christopher Spencer on January 4, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Dr. Billy Taylor RIP

There are two excellent pieces about Dr. Taylor. I had written a piece about him in the Courier but can't locate it at the moment. I'm also very surprised that no one up to this point has written anything about him on this Jazz Network. Shame on you all.

 

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This following article was sent to me today by my friends Mr. Fred Logan and Mensah Wali. It is by Stanley Crouch who I usually don't agree with but I'm in agreement here.

 

Billy…

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