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.
Hot warm muggy heat of summer comes to bear down in great steamy waves..... weeks pass and I don't want to sit at a computer in a city connected to electricity and synaptic emphatic digital impulses promising the world of the great things to come if you would just keep reading the emails , checking the my spacebook invites, and following the tweets to the promised land..... I don't want to insist that you hear my new songs or rather, I want you to discover them organically like presents thrown at us from the ether...... I want you to hear me around a camp fire at night as we dance naked, drums pounding, feeling the primal energy of the mother earth around us.... but sometimes it is just best to invite our friends to an air conditioned nice theater
and leave your clothes on..... or not, depending on the venue, and for you, I truly have the best of both worlds this weekend!
Tonight Friday July 17, 2009!
Want to see some clothes come off? Not mine, the flimsy frippery and finery of Pittsburgh's premiere burlesque troupe, the Bridge City Bombshells!!!!!! I do hereby officially invite you see me sing for these lovely ladies. I shall also be doing a set with Tony DePaolis, Pittsburgh's hottest bass man with fingers fueled by the liquid fire that is his soul....Also with DJ Hates You!
Doors 9 pm, showtime 10 pm. Tickets are $5 before 10 pm, and then $7
after 10 pm.
Drink specials $2 Yuenglings, $3 well drinks, 21 and over, sorry kids! Belevedere's is located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA at:
4016 Butler St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
Tomorrow Saturday night July 18, 2009!
Live taping! This is the second in a phabulous experiment in the Amoeba’s GOING GLOBAL! Announcing the second of a three month experiment in podcasting for Phat Man Dee Productions and the New Hazlett Theater. I shall host a wonderful evening of jazz, cartoons
and dance. Featuring entertainers Patrick Arena, Miss Angelique Young aka Miss Pegasus 2009 & Joe Wos! With technical director Dave Bjornson and his crackerjack team of videographic maniacs, watch in pain or pleasure as PMD Productions re-embarks on the journey to bring
Pittsburgh to the world at large! The public is invited to sit in on these live tapings, to be later edited and made available for free to the world via the magic of the interweb! All ages and Free but for the EGRESS!
New Hazlett Theater
One Allegheny Square East
Northside, Pittsburgh, PA
And Monday July 20, 2009
I am making my debut appearance with Dr Sketchy's Anti Art School at Gypsy Cafe from 8pm-11pm!
1330 Bingham St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
Cost:$10 adv, $12 @ door Dr. Sketchy presents: A Midsummer’s Night Sketch Featuring Phat Man Dee! Ah the great bard would be proud. Provided he was an artist who drank a lot and drew scantily clad fairies. Join us for Drinking, Drawing, Dames and Games as Dr. Sketchy Takes on Shakespeare’s Midsummer masterpiece! This month will feature special guest performer/ model Phat Man Dee. Your chance to sketch a true Pittsburgh icon. Mel Practice, Dollface Dani and introducing our newest model Rachel Weichbrodt! Artists and photographers are welcome, however photographers will have specific poses to shoot to allow for the artists to sketch without distraction. As always must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink. www.drsketchypgh.com for more information. Tickets only 10 dollars online, 12 dollars at the door. Students enter code aip for discount tickets. To buy tickets visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/71996
Sponsored by Boyd and Blair Vodka, Gypsy Cafe, and Baby Tattoo Books.
New video of the week, check out Pittsburgh Guitars newest theme song/video!
And next week, I am going to Starwood to dance around a fire in as few clothes as humanly possible , you are all invited to join me......