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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, Parlan to 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.

 

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At 5:25pm on November 23, 2012, EDSON LUIZ KRUG said…

              HI BRIAN, THANKS TO YOUR LOVELY WORDS.YES, I LIKE TO SEE-PAINT -COLLECT  OIL JAZZ  WORKS.IN FACT MY JOB IS JOURNALIST. I WRITE ABOUT SPORTS ON LOCAL MAGAZINE AT SOUTH BRAZIL.ALSO, I FEATURE TWO HOURS WEEK AT SOUTH BRAZIL FM STATION WITH THE BEST SMOOTH-FUSION-LATIN-BOP JAZZ STYLES-ACCORDING THE DOWNBEAT JAZZ MAGAZINE, THE NUMBER OF JAZZ MUSICIANS GROW UP EVERY YEAR.SO, WE MUST TO CREATE PURCHASER PUBLIC.AUDIENCE. UNHAPPILY, IN MY COUNTRY THERE S NOT FULL TIME JAZZ RADIOS, BUT I DO MY BEST TO BETTER DAYS TO IMPROVISED MUSIC.REGARDS.KEEP SWING.EDSON.

At 3:02am on March 12, 2012, nat franklin said…

man i been trying to get in touch with you ; nat in new orleans 504-281-3458.

At 3:22am on December 15, 2011, Adam Johnston & James Street said…

Glad you like the pic of the jazz bar!!!, we should chat sometime about the possibilities of you preforming down there!!.. talk with you soon!!

At 2:08pm on March 22, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…

Hey Brian:

As you may know I am the Senior Sports Columnist with The New Pittsburgh Courier. Please Email or call me at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier or 412.583.6741.  I have some promotional ideas that you may coincide with.

At 5:35pm on March 21, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…

Hey B:

I am always joyous to witness, connect with and be a part of your eternal artistry.  I am sure that my spirit will come alive when I am again able to sing in concert with the movement of your percussive polyphony.  Aubrey

At 2:52pm on September 28, 2010, Michelle said…
You are quite welcome, Brian!
At 2:55am on July 20, 2010, John Hall Jr said…
Bee, whats good my brotha, time to get busy in this piece!!!
At 4:45am on May 24, 2010, Ranjini said…
thanks for the add! hope you are enjoying the music!

nuthin b'luv!
ya girl, Ranjini
At 1:03pm on May 8, 2010, Fumie Toki said…
Yeah, he's told me about you too. We are in Europe right now but hope to meet you sometime soon. cheers
At 12:04pm on May 8, 2010, Fumie Toki said…
Hello nice to meet you here....
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At 4:56pm on May 4, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Brian,

Thanks for adding me as a friend.

I really appreciate all the wonderful contributions you've given to Pittsburgh, the Jazz Workshop, Inc., and across the globe.

You've really played with some hip musicians.

A lot of these folks I listened to and they were my musical mentors.

I look forward to hangin' with you in the 'Burgh!

Musically,

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
ejskirtich@comcast.net
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 1:43am on April 21, 2010, Alexander Peck said…
Hey bro, what's up? Looking forward to the hang.
At 11:22am on April 19, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Looking forward to seeing you perform again Brian.Best of Luck to you.How is your dad doing these days ? Tell him that I asked about him.


Calvin Stemley
At 1:42am on April 19, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Hey Brian

Great to have you back in Pittsburgh.As always I wish you the very best !

Calvin Stemley
At 4:25am on April 18, 2010, Les Biglow said…
Ha! You must be psychic! Good to hear from you, friend. Hope all is well.
Get back at me.
At 12:12am on April 17, 2010, Nathan Peck said…
My man, it has been some time bro!
How are things? How is your daughter? She must be like 20 something by now!
My daughter Ava is 9. Man, let me know when you're in NYC we have to hang. Ill be around the burgh this summer on vakay with ava too. I'm on tour in France right now, back on 4/22. Miss your sound Busy BEE!!
At 10:32pm on April 16, 2010, Cecilio Valdez Washington said…
I accept your friend invite. I was just in Pittsburgh yesterday, performed with Claudio Roditi at Pitt University's Spring Concert. We had a ball. Keep in touch.
At 12:37pm on April 16, 2010, Mark Koch said…
Hi Brian,
Good to hear from you. Looking forward to hearing you play again.
Keep in touch
Mark
At 4:22pm on April 15, 2010, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Hey Brian! So glad to reconnect with you. Love your profile shot. Hope to run into you sometime soon. "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

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