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, Parlanto 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.
Consisting of Adrian Tonceanu (Vocals/Guitars), Igor Lazebnik (Vocals/Guitars) and Tyler Koch (Drums/Backup Vocals), Morre was born in early 2008 in Toronto by the common thirst of creating an original yet commercial sound. This band has a unique story behind its upbringing. Traveling from different parts of the world, each member endured hardships as artists, as well as the joys of meeting new characters throughout their journeys. These elements give the band endless topics and weight to their lyrical and musical content. Combining dark, mystical themes with camp-fire party vibe, this band will trigger a wide range of emotions in their listeners.
With a deeply rooted musical knowledge these three rockers managed to craft an elaborate yet easily digestible sound of their own. Morre's style and music can be described as a "world sound" combining two great songs of our time: “Paint it black” (Rolling Stones) and “Kashmir” (Led Zeppelin). In their sound you can also hear hints of Pink Floyd and eastern melodies.
With a powerful live delivery reinforced by conviction and strong dynamics, Morre keeps the audience in the palm of their hands. Every show has a theatrical element that makes the band a visual, entertaining outfit. Conducted by professional behavior and charisma on stage as well as off stage, Morre treats their audience with class and respect making everyone an ally. The cunning ability to adapt to the industry's standards, the flexible nature and the versatility of this group can only make this an easy project to work with.
One of the many unique characteristics of the band is defined by a Queen-esque ability to all sing in harmony. The two distinct sounding guitar players (Igor and Adrian) give the band a panned stereo flavor that will make you bend back and forth between the left and right speakers of your stereo system. Tyler's diverse drumming and ability to personalize each song is an integral part of the overall sound. Combining a Ginger Baker/Keith Moon stage persona and style, Tyler is hardly the guy at the back, sharing the spotlight.
Morre’s release “Contrast” (Melodic Revolution Records) is the follow up to “…Out There” (2009) “Contrast” will feature six new songs: Winding Roads - Lady Of Lust - Stray Dog - I Can't Remember – Renegades - Bring You Back