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.
Michael, it's so hard to believe that I don't want to think one second that you left us alone. I know you can't do that. You just went back to JAH to whom you belong, take a little breath & keep on doing it. If we listen carefully to tha Mystic wind blowing in the air, we can listen & even see you. Stay Blessed & Loved for ever, my dear Brother. From the bottom of my Heart JO TONGO
Thank you for your friend request and I am happy to accept. I look forward to networking with you here. My boyfriend has been a full time musician for over forty years (piano/keyboards) so I am a real fan.
Ok, OK go enough~ I have been described as interesting before.I think once a Judge told me I told a long intereting story, just to get out of a 10 dollar fine.
My wify,she pulled me into the Pittsburgh action but I've always loved Jazz. Hope you have a great time here, there are so many incredible people deep in this site. I try to look at one member page a day. Try it, what a amazing ride through time and sound.
Actually we have several major visual artists as members and the traditional jazz community from which I derive has always been closely integrated with the poets, artists, actors and believe it or not, the ballplayers. I remember the days when the ball players used to follow the jazz musicians around... but that was before they were making million$/year. I never see them anywhere now among the common folk. We'd love to see some of your son's work on your page as well as some of your activities. I've always had the greatest admiration for character actors which I think is the ultimate skill. You have to be flexible enough to be everyone. Thanks for being with us.
What an incredible career you have. I have been your fan for many years without knowing who are. Your website fixed that and brought me on point. It would be cool if your would post a few pictures here and a couple of videos from your site for our members who don't know how to visit other links yet. I promise to look at everything on your site. Thanks for joining and adding me as a friend.