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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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    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

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Episode 3: The Birth of American Music



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Pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates seven decades of playing ‘American Classical Music’ in Kennedy Center performance

Pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates seven decades of playing ‘American Classical Music’ in Kennedy Center performance

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Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music? - The New York Times

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AHMAD JAMAL, DISNEY FAVORITES, THE ‘PASTORAL’ SYMPHONY, AND THE BEST OF THE YEAR AHMAD JAMAL

JANUARY 2020

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AHMAD JAMAL, DISNEY FAVORITES, THE PASTORAL SYMPHONY, AND THE BEST OF THE YEAR





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PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY’S SAVAGE PRECISION

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NYT - Behind the Racial Uproar at One of the World’s Best Jazz Stations

WBGO seems to be distancing itself from the community that built it. There have been repercussions.



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Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods

The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography

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Pittsburgh's vibrant jazz scene in words, notes and pictures

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Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club will be presenting retrospectives of two legends.

Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club will be presenting retrospectives of two legends.
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SFJazz kicks new season off with Ahmad Jamal and the promise of a vibrant future

SFJazz kicks new season off with Ahmad Jamal and the promise of a vibrant future

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Why Is Everyone Always Stealing Black Music? - The New York Times

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO




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SHADD PIANOS - First ever black-owned piano manufacturer

The first ever Black-owned piano manufacturing business

Courier Editor

July 3, 2019

Warren Shadd

by Courier Newsroom

Warren Shadd, CEO and founder of Shadd Pianos, grew up around a family of musicians. He started breaking pianos apart and building them back up as a hobby when he was just 12-years old. Now, he makes…

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George Benson Has A Story To Tell - In his own words

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Professor Kenny Burrell, Renowned Jazz Guitarist Reaches Out -

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Pitt Names Nicole Mitchell, Award-Winning Flutist, Composer and Educator, As Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies

Pitt Names Nicole Mitchell, Award-Winning Flutist, Composer and Educator, As Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies 

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