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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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       In Her Own Words

Al Jarreau to open the Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival

The stage of Bucharest Masters of Jazz will also host Dianne Reeves, Five Peace Band – Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival, due to take place in Bucharest during October 23 – November 5, will be opened by an extraordinary concert performed by the great Al Jarreau, Media Services Events announces. The unique vocal style of Al Jarreau and his innovations in the field of music turned him into one of the most appreciated music artists of our times. Al Jarreau started singing at the age of four, beside his brothers. In 1975, he was noticed by a talent scout from behalf of Warner Bros, while performing a recital at a Los Angeles Café. His debut album – “We Got By” – was highly and unanimously praised by music experts. Jarreau was also awarded a Grammy in Germany, for the Best International Solo Artist Category. A second Grammy came from Germany, as well, for the artist’s second album “Glow.” In 1977, Jarreau attends his first World Tour and launches “Look to the Rainbow,” a double album featuring selections of this tour. In the same year, he won the first Grammy in the United States for being the Best Jazz Artist. His fourth album, “All Fly Home,” was launched in 1978, and brought Jarreau a second Grammy for being the Best Jazz Artist. It was followed by the record “This Time”, launched in 1980, and a further release sold in over one million copies – “Breakin’ Away.” They brought him an impressive number of fans and two more Grammy Awards for The Best Pop Artist and The Best Jazz Artist. After “Breakin’ Away” and “High Time,” Al Jarreau was officially recognized as international superstar. “Al Jarreau Live in London,” performed on the Wembley Arena in 1985, consolidated his reputation as a top artist. After this live album, Jarreau starts collaborating with the producer Nile Rodgers for the album “Is for Lover,” that brings new styles and sounds in the artist’s repertoire. All Jarreau composed the soundtrack of the famous TV series “Moonlighting” (that achieved great popularity in Romania under the name “Maddie and David,” editor’s note), and was also nominated for the Grammy Awards.

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