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.
It's raining, it's pouring and Pittsburgh's never boring..... And to prove it I say unto you thus, I have 2 gigs you could come to this weekend, 2 next week and you can even hear me on the radio......
To help promote the following event, Randy Baumann of WDVE has kindly invited me to sing on the radio tomorrow, Thursday April 14, 2011 at 9:45 am! Singing with me will be Miguel Sague III and Izzy Arlet on guitar. Tune in for the Randy Baumann show on 102.5 on your FM dial in the Pittsburgh area tomorrow at 9:45 to hear us sing and promote the Tsunami benefit! http://www.dve.com/main.html
First on this weekends order of business please check out the benefit my sister Beth Kivowitz, Geña and I put together an awesome show to benefit the International Medical Corp's relief work in Japan and we'd be honored to see you this Friday at the Shadow Lounge.
Friday, April 15th 2011 Pittsburgh Artists Rally to Raise $$$ for the Tragedy in Japan Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Blvd., E. Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm, 18 & older, $10 entrance fee
($5 extra to compete in video game competition)
Proceeds to benefit the International Medical Corp's efforts in Japan,
for motr : http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/
The following day on Saturday April 16, 2011 I am singing at the Backstage Bar with Miguel Sague III and Carlos Peña from 5 to 7 pm.
655 Penn Ave, Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA All ages, light menu, delicious cocktails and me with 2 of my favoritist musicians ever!
Later that night you may catch me at the Formula 412 cd release party at Mr Small's Funhouse in Milvale. I did a guest back up vocal behind one of Mr Masai Turner's fabulous and inspired rhymes, the track is "One Hit Wonderful". To see their recent music videos check them out on youtube:
Show info: http://www.mrsmalls.com/NewPHP/home.php?section=events
This just in: April 22 I am opening up for one of America's greatest blues treasures, Candye Kane at Moondogs in Blawnox!
And also next week I am making an appearance at Pittsburgh's newest jazz club, NOLA on the Square!
Saturday April 23, 2011 from 8 pm to midnight I am singing with Carlos Peña, Ralphie Crewe and George Jones at 24 Market Square, Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA! $5 donation to get in is voluntary and all proceeds go to help rebuild the 9th ward in New Orleans.
And for this week's digital offerings I would like to hip you to the fact that very shortly I will have online a new song by Poogie Bell and myself called "Tokyo on a Sunday" I will let you know as soon as it is online, all proceed of the song for one year will go to help Tsunami victims. I will be debuting it on Fri night at the Shadow Lounge benefit show. It features Bobby Sparks (keys) Tony DePaolis (bass) and Chris Parker (guitar) and was produced by Dana Cannone atChurch Recording Studios. I will send a link as soon as it is active.