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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

Dance Inspired by ‘A Love Supreme’ to Open New York Live Arts Season

Dance Inspired by ‘A Love Supreme’ to Open New York Live Arts Season

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s “Vortex Temproum,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016. She will present another work, “A Love Supreme,” at New York Live Arts this fall. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the cerebral Belgian choreographer, will return to New York this fall to open the coming season at New York Live Arts, the performing arts center in Chelsea announced on Friday.

The season’s programming will be framed around a theme, “Creating in Confusing Time,” and is organized by the choreographer Bill T. Jones, the artistic director, and Janet Wong, the associate director.

“We create a platform, one founded in empathy, with the goal of providing opportunities for artistic expression and a safe place for the exchange of ideas,” Mr. Jones said in a statement. “We hope that by encouraging lively and sometimes difficult conversations and by supporting artists and their varied perspectives and practice, a nuanced and multidimensional view of our world will emerge.”

Ms. De Keersmaeker’s work, “A Love Supreme” (Sept. 27-30), is set to and inspired by John Coltrane’s jazz masterpiece. (Her musical choices in recent New York appearances have been diverse: Coltrane was preceded by the spectralist Gérard Grisey and Bach.) The dance, for four performers, is a search for happiness that explores “mysticism and sensuality, as well as meditation and improvisation,” according to Live Arts.

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Other performances throughout the season will pay tribute to Arnie Zane, who will have died 30 years ago in 2018. He founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, which is housed at Live Arts, with Mr. Jones in the early 1980s. Events will showcase his choreography, photography and experimental filmmaking.

Among the season’s additional highlights are works by the Bessie award winners Bebe Miller (Feb. 21-24) and Joanna Kotze (March 28-31). The playful choreographer and performer Jack Ferver will return with “Everything Is Imaginable” (April 4-7), which will feature the American Ballet Theater principal James Whiteside, the Martha Graham Dance Company dancer Lloyd Knight and the dancer and designer Reid Bartelme.

The full lineup is available at

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