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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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Frank Black's Blog – May 2013 Archive (5)

Tony Adamo/Miles of Blu/Five Stars



5.0 out of 5 stars Grooves Galore! A new Genre!!!, May 21, 2013

This review is from: Miles of Blu (Audio CD)

Tony Adamo is a…


Added by Frank Black on May 27, 2013 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo/ JazzAfterHours/Miles of Blu/Playlist

JJA Jazz Awards/2013 Nominee JazzAfterHours Plays Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu

Tony Adamo/Miles of Blu on Jazz After Hours

3:00:39 - Dave Young Terry Promane Octet - East of Pho Hung - Octet Vol.1 - Modica Music 2:07:12 - Monty Alexander - Got To Go - Uplift 2 Higher - Jazz Legacy 2:16:51 - Tim Warfield - Blues for Mr.Bill - Eye of the Beholder - Criss Cross 2:25:42 - Tony Adamo - Miles of Blu - Miles of Blu - Random Act 2:29:38…


Added by Frank Black on May 27, 2013 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo's JB & Sun Ra Rockets to Mars

Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars

T. Adamo, S. Homan, Lyrics by…


Added by Frank Black on May 26, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo Reviewed by @CriticalJazz/Miles of BLU/MOB/Four Stars

"Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary."

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tony Adamo Miles of Blu Random Act 2013 …


Added by Frank Black on May 19, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo Random Act Records/Vocal Hipspoken'Word/Jazz-Funk

Random Act Record Artist Tony Adamo's CD, MILES OF BLU has a street date of May 21, 2013. Due to the high demand for his new CD, MILES OF BLU is being sold early on Doc Kupka's Strokeland Records site. Doc is one of the founding members of Tower of Power. All major outlets for CD sales will be carrying MILES OF BLUE after May 21st.…


Added by Frank Black on May 9, 2013 at 3:14am — No Comments

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