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.
Could you re- post your" New Hazlett" information on the below link, I'm sure others( fans and artists) would like to hear this. If you wish I could copy& paste it there myself, with your name as author.
Hi Debi! Sorry that I took so long to get back to you. I haven't been feeling very well, and didn't check my comments. I'm definitely interested in your offer for the jam session. I will email you my phone number, and if it's still not too late, let's talk about this.
You are a jewel and you are right on point. I just heard that CJ's in the Strip just canceled their Sunday night jam session which drew a lot of people. The New Hazlett would be a wonderful replacement.
That pup is a 190 pound baby. His name is teddy baby a St , but dont let the breed name fool you he's a thief of food and a sneak.. But hay got love'm. I see you have a pair of matching kitties. We have a few here.
Hi, Debi! Nice surprise to cross paths with you here!
I hope you and your husband are very well!
Let's stay in touch......and thanks for all your continued
hard work -- the event on Sept. 13th sounds amazing)
Hi Debi! Thanks for coming to hear us yesterday! I'm glad to hear that you liked what you heard. Playing with me was, Keith Stebler on keyboard, and Randy Williams on drums. Please come see us again, and tell your friends. Did you get a chance to try the food?