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AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

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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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Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (7)

AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN - STRENGTH CD RELEASE

Charity label There Is Hope Records an imprint of Melodic Revolution Records to release “STRENGTH” on March 29 th 2011 “STRENGTH” is a digital CD release to help raise money for the people of Japan, in the aftermath of the tragic Tsunami and Earthquakes that have devastated the country… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on March 22, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Luther DeJarunett, A World Class Musician.

Losing people we love and cherish in our lives is never easy. Having to say farewell, dear friend for now, seems hard enough, but when it's unexpected, when it happens suddenly, we are shocked beyond belief. Hearing the words, "Luther is gone, he passed away tonight", was more then I could comprehend. It sounded so surreal, but it was true. My heart was broken and I was speechless.

How many hours had he and I talked about life…

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Added by Michele Bensen on March 12, 2011 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

More on Luther DeJaurnette

Some reflections on Luther DeJaurnette from interview with Barry Levenson



"Luther is one of the greatest musicians, not just guitarists, I learned more from him just about music than everything I have learned put together!"



"He BLEW MY MIND! He started playing all that stuff and I almost started to cry...I laid down my guitar and said, "I quit, I don't know anything, I wanna know what you're doing and I don't care what it takes!" [laughs] I spent the next two or three…
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Added by Kevin Amos on March 11, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Luther

Kudos to you Luther. You did it with class, sophistication and intergrity. Peace be with you.

 

Barry Boyd

Added by Barry Boyd on March 11, 2011 at 2:33pm — 5 Comments

Rest in Peace Luther!

Another brick in the Pittsurgh foundation of jazz has transitioned. Thank you for some great times and great music,

Rest in peace Luther!!

Brian

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 11, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Fans lobby to keep jazz on WDUQ

Sale of WDUQ raises concerns that the format could change
Sunday, March 06, 2011

What would Pittsburgh sound like without jazz on the radio?

"It shoots a hole in the soul of Pittsburgh," said local jazz musician Nelson Harrison. "You knock WDUQ off and we have…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 7, 2011 at 1:52pm — 28 Comments

Blues Orphans blend blues, hip hop, punk and more. Northside Chronicle article, 03/02/11

The NORTHSIDE CHRONICLE 03/02/11 

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)  

article on The Blues Orphans

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Added by The Blues Orphans on March 3, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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