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AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

BOYS CHOIR AFRICA SHIRTS
 
 
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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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Dr. Nelson Harrison's Blog – August 2008 Archive (7)

Earn Money Listening to Music! (Pittsburgh) - Craiglist

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Media Research Now, a market research firm serving clients worldwide, is seeking individuals in the Pittsburgh area to participate in a PAID research study. These groups will be conducted Tuesday, August 26 in the afternoon/evening hours. Each group will last about 2 hours, and you will be paid $60 upon completion of the group.



If you or anyone you know may be interested, please visit this website to see if you… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 25, 2008 at 2:58am — No Comments

THE WESTINGHOUSE HIGH SCHOOL WALL OF FAME - 2007

The Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame

Monday, February 19, 2007

Compiled by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A list of people who were inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame. Where available, achievements are noted.



ARTISTS

• Henry Fiore

• Howard Russell

• Mary Lois Verilla (the woman who paints Pittsburgh)



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

• Al Aarons -- performed with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones,…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 23, 2008 at 5:13am — No Comments

VENERATED ARTIST THAD MOSLEY SCULPTS TO JAZZ

Mosley sculpts a lifetime of passion By C. Denise Johnson | Courier Staff Writer “My sculpture is an urban Afro-American-Euro-Jazz influenced art. It is an effort to create works of vitality and identity which enhance space and transcend time.” If you’ve ever been down Herron Avenue between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue, you may notice an abstract looking piece of artwork that marks the Martin Luther King Reading Room and Cultural Center on Milwaukee Street; that piece of chiseled… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

THE RHYTHM ROAD: AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD OPENS AUDITIONS BANDS FOR TOURING

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad is a partnership between Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed to foster cultural exchange with audiences worldwide through performance and educational outreach. Selected ensembles tour to such regions as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for approximately one month. International… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 8:14pm — 9 Comments

Musicians to pay tribute to Turrentine brothers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bob Karlovits TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, August 14, 2008 For Mike Tomaro and Marty Ashby, paying tribute to the jazz legacies of Stanley and Tommy Turrentine is as natural as having a picnic in the summer. It seems only appropriate they are doing it at a free, late afternoon concert in Highland Park. "Stanley was a huge influence on me," says saxophonist Tomaro, who also is an arranger and head of jazz studies at Duquesne University. "Matter of fact, anyone who plays this instrument owes… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

PURSUE YOUR DREAM

by Peter Weddle In tough economic times, it may seem out of place to talk about pursuing one's dreams. For many of us, such an endeavor is far too lofty and maybe even dangerously naive when just finding a job is the order of the day. Having been out of work myself from time-to-time, I am very respectful of this view. I've also learned, however, that it is absolutely wrong. The time to get it right - the time to acknowledge and act on your dreams - is… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 14, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Isaac Hayes, Deep-Voiced Soul Icon, Is Dead at 65

August 10, 2008

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 8:56 p.m. ET With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie ''Shaft'' not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Hayes' career. Yet the ''Theme from Shaft,'' which would earn both Grammys and an Oscar, was just a snippet of the groundbreaking music for which Hayes -- who… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 11, 2008 at 3:33am — 2 Comments

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