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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 – April 2009 Archive (9)

MOTHERS DAY

I have written and produced a song which honors Mothers Day. It is my hope that all Pittsburgh Jazz Network members will take the time to download this song to your pages, and share it with your children, families and friends. There is no charge; it is my gift to you regarding this important day.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL,

Kennard

Added by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

William L. "Speigal" Gay passes at age 57

On April 18, 2009, William, age 57, of Pittsburgh. Beloved husband of Judith A. Baronio-Gay; father of Adora C. Gay; grandfather of Doricka D., Tyrone R., Mahogany E., Chanelle M. and Jemel A.; brother of Pastor Gary R. Gay and Gerald Gay; nephew of Nelda Stokes and Florence Nelson; also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church, Sixth St., Braddock, where the funeral service will be… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 23, 2009 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

A Jones for Music - SEAN JONES

Printed from the Pittsburgh City Paper website: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws POSTED ON APRIL 16, 2009:

URL for this story: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.wshttp://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A61874 By Mike Shanley "Caravan" is the kind of song that can start a fire at a jam session. Over the years, drummers have played the Duke Ellington tune with a pile-driving rhythm, the tension breaking for a brief moment… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 17, 2009 at 6:22am — 3 Comments

New group

I'm forming a new limitless jazz fusion group. The current line up consists of myself on drums, a bass and a guitar.

We're seeking a strong piano/key player with an aptitude for both writing and improvisation.

And.. A female vocalist



Many many influences: Christian McBride, The Bad Plus, Matthew Garrison, Stefon Harris, Roger Humphries/RH Factor....etc...as well as other genres.



This project could and probably will head in any and all directions... jazz, nu/jazz,… Continue

Added by Adam Henderson on April 17, 2009 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

Jody Jaress in "Chain Link" award winning film now available on DVD!!

Hello my new PJN friends!! I don't know if this is 'where' I would post a shameful plug or not. I'm new to these sites. I hope it's okay...and sorry it's not music oriented, but .... If you haven't seen this award winning film, "CHAIN LINK" starring Mark Irvingsen,

Jody Jaress, Jim Storm, and many other amazing actors, now you can!! Our theatrical run in LA, NY, Philly, Arizona, Florida, etc. is over and now "CHAIN LINK" will be available on DVD!! Rent, buy... pick up or… Continue

Added by Jody Jaress on April 8, 2009 at 8:13am — No Comments

IF YOU ARE A JAZZ FAN, YOU HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY A PITTSBURGHER.

In an era of world music, it is imperative that America's most important cultural contribution to the world… Jazz music… be preserved, taught, expounded, developed and commemorated. We have dedicated ourselves toward to recreating a physical and virtual context within which the above purpose can be fulfilled in Pittsburgh, one of the most fertile breeding grounds for icons of the culture. A state-of-the-art space of historical or… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 8, 2009 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

The Next Page: Pittsburgh's jazz mystique -- the next generation steps up *



Dwayne Dolphin, Howie Alexander and Sean Jones -- three jazz artists tending the Pittsburgh flame


Sunday, April 05, 2009

By Steve Hallock

Stacy Innerst



The house band at CJ's in the Strip District had just finished off a rousing "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" to whoops from the packed room at a recent Thursday night jam session. Roger Humphries turned over his drum set to a reedy kid named Joey Sailor as the musicians launched Miles Davis' "So… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 5, 2009 at 8:39pm — 2 Comments

Saturday Daily News Article about network, events

ALL THAT JAZZ

Network keeps Pittsburgh’s music legacy alive



By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer

eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Now that April is here, the question is what to do for Jazz Appreciation Month.

You could travel to the Smithsonian Institution, (which designated the month-long observance), in Washington, D.C., or any city that comes to mind when thinking of jazz, such as New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, L.A. or New York.

That would be sort of silly,… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on April 4, 2009 at 7:29pm — 4 Comments

APRIL IS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH!!

http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/jam/jam_start.asp

Added by Musique Noire on April 2, 2009 at 1:26am — No Comments

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