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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?

 

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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.

 

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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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            INTERVIEW

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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

Sean Jones in Miami

I heard some Sean Jones on WDNA – FM in Miami yesterday afternoon. I listen to the station online here in Pittsburgh at www.wdna.org. What a blast. The afternoon DJ even mentioned that the trumpeter was a professor at Duquesne University.



Now, I can’t say for a fact that WDUQ has never played Sean Jones, but I’ve never heard his music on the station. For that matter, I’ve barely heard any local jazz artists getting any play on DUQ ever. Why is that? Whenever I tune in, they are… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 20, 2009 at 1:50am — No Comments

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday

By ERIC SLAGLE

Daily News Staff Writer

eslagle@dailynewsemail.com


Given the troubled state of Wall street, the banking industry and the personal finances of many individuals these days, the concept behind jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s newly released album “Desire” seems quite timely.

The Grammy-nominated artist compiled songs for the disk that offer varying takes on desire, from the relentless quest of… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 13, 2009 at 10:20pm — No Comments

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 s…

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.

AARON J. JOHNSON "Songs of Our Fathers" (Bubble Sun Records) 5 starsFans of the hard bop tradition, listen up. Jazz trombonist Aaron J. Johnson's debut CD comes tearing out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred, then burns up the track like a well-kept Buick Dynaflow.

Fast.… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 13, 2009 at 10:10pm — No Comments

CD Review

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.



PIECES OF A DREAM “Soul Intent” (Heads Up International) 2.5 stars — As I listen to the new Pieces of Dream album, I find myself wanting to sing along and I would, if I knew the lyrics; would, that is, if there were lyrics.

None can be heard on this instrumental… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 5, 2009 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Ellington Coin

I just read online at JazzTimes http://www.jazztimes.com/columns_and_features/news/detail.cfm?article=11711 that Duke Ellington will become the first African American to appear on a coin when Washington, D.C. put him on its state-themed quarter this year. According to the article, the phrase "justice for all" will also be on the coin, beating out "taxation without representation". Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker were also considered for the coin, the article says.

Added by Slaglerock on February 24, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

CD Review

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.



MARC COPLAND, "New York Trio Recordings Vol. 3, Night Whispers"

(Pirouet) 3.5 stars
— The CD's title reference to night is apt. Darkness

and murky melody rule much of this latest collection from

Philadelphia-born pianist Copland, yet the recording is not… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on February 11, 2009 at 12:48am — No Comments

CD Review

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.



BILL MCCORMICK, “To Be Continued-Ken Hatfield and Friends Play the

Music of Bill McCormick” (mPub Corporation) 3.5 stars
— Composer Bill

McCormick's new CD delivers breezy and easy entry into the

sophisticated worlds of bebop, fusion, smooth and… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on February 11, 2009 at 12:45am — 3 Comments

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