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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.

 

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Featured Blog Posts – March 2009 Archive (8)

Concert with Trinity Jazz Orchestra featuring Steve Hawk!

Concert Friday April 6, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Check out www.trinityjazz.com

http://academics.sru.edu/music/SRU%20Music%20Faculty/stephenhawk.html

http://www.hopewell.k12.pa.us/

See you there!

Added by Terrence on March 30, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Visual art, music unite in 'Seeing Jazz'

Jazz will be the soundtrack for art, literature and Black History Month this evening at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in the North Side.



Taken together, the music and the images will provide "jazz you can see and art you can hear," says Marty Ashby, program director at the Guild.



The event is a reception for artists of works in the "Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters" exhibit now on display at the Guild's Connie Kerr Gallery and the North Lobby.



The… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 29, 2009 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Eric Johnson has released 'Supahighway'

here's some links : Clarion Jazz
Eric Johnson
Itunes or just google "Eric Johnson Jazz"

Added by Dan Wasson on March 28, 2009 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Miles Davis 1987 Gig Released on DVD

Miles Davis’ 1987 concert in Munich is being released on DVD as That’s What Happened: Live In Germany (Eagle Rock Entertainment) on April 28. The 90-minutes of concert footage features staples from Davis’ late ’80s concert repertoire, including his takes on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Other tracks include the “One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened” medley, “New Blues,” “Tutu” and “Portia.”… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

The Negro

The Negro



With the trumpet at his lips



Has dark moons of weariness



Beneath his eyes



Where the smoldering memory



Of slave ships



Blazed to the crack of whips



About his thighs...







The music



From the trumpet at his lips



Is honey



Mixed with fire.



The rhythm



From the trumpet at his lips



Is ecstasy



Distilled from old… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

PITTSBURGH JAZZ RECORDS AND BEYOND, 1950-1985

4.1 GATEWAY: HAROLD BETTERS, WALT HARPER, AND OTHERS



The prosperity of Pittsburgh’s jazz scene continued through the early and mid 1960s. This prosperity was augmented by the beginnings of a more visible jazz recording industry, spearheaded almost single-handedly by the Gateway label. Jazz on Gateway was actually a relatively small portion of the label’s output, as the company issued records in many genres, most notably Eastern European folk music through an extended series of… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 3:07am — No Comments

Unsolved Mystery: So just who IS this fine brother in the photo with Marilyn Monroe (circa 1952)?

If photos could speak, this one would have quite a story to tell:

The year was 1952. Marilyn Monroe, a rising star along with clothing designer William Travilla were seated at a table in a South Central Los Angeles nightclub (as reported by one of the news sources) along with what I would have to call an extremely handsome black man looking square into the camera. According to the brief news clip I heard, Marilyn's handlers were determined to… Continue

Added by Janie Gust on March 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

East Liberty's AVA Lounge is a haven for jazz heads on Monday nights - Pittsburgh City Paper feature article

PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER FEBRUARY 26, 2009 BY STEVE HALLOCK...

Cymbal crashes and electric-piano chords accompany the twirls and kicks of the combatants in the kung-fu film up on the wall behind the bar. Considering the size of the boisterous crowd at East Liberty's AVA Lounge -- 50 or so folks jammed into the slender room -- it ought to be a Friday or Saturday night. But it's a Monday. On what's considered the week's dead night for… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 4, 2009 at 1:07am — 9 Comments

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