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.
Sorry if I didn't respond to your kind words. I rarely check this site. It's great to run into the precious souls at CJ's Supper Club - (29th and Penn Ave.) every Thursday night. That's the great Roger Humphries RH Factor night (8:00 PM to Midnight). Some sit in later in the evening, but Roger and the quintet take care of the truest Jazz played in this city for the first couple of hours. I hope you come down and hunt me out. I'm usually at a table LISTENING ! You should know me... I'm the out of shape ugly guy who loves this music, so often I might be wiping a tear from my eyes. It's just that spiritual. Meanwhile, hope our paths cross again and sooner then later. Blessings and peace my friend.
Good Morning, Mr Jerry Mellix. Thank you for the request. Well, I have to write that I'm honored to have you on my friendlist. And thanks for the very nice compliment about my website. As an artist/photographer is feels great that people like my visual words. *smile*What a great way to wake up. I't very early here in right now..:) If you will be a member of my website you are very welcome. This is the link:
http://margarethosju.ning.com/ Now I shall see if I take some coffee to wake up. I wish you a wonderful week. Best wishes from Sweden Margareth
Thanks for the Love Jerry, Woody has told me about you as well. Hope to meet you one day soon....I enjoy your sound tremendously! Glad you put your calendar up, I'll catch up to you in the near future.
Hi Jerry, Thanks for your note! The Tuesday Night Big Band & The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band are actually the same band except we add Bobbby Wayne on vocals when we play the Doo Wop show which was written by our director Rich "Mo" Mansfield. You can catch us at the Rhythm House for The Pittsburgh Jazz Society on June 15th and August 17th. We always play some of the female Doo Wop charts (Lori Russo sings) for those gigs.
Well I don't know about being there for the recording. But I know Troy and the rest of the fellows. I use to fill in with Soul Jones from time to time. That is where I must have met you. I remember there was another horn player on a few gigs that I did with that band. And I played a few times with them when they use to hold down a spot located on Liberty Ave,- in Bloomfield, near the hospital.
Hello Jerry, Not sure if we met before either. (I think we did though) I joined up with the Blues Orphans in 1995, shortly after they stopped playing Brother Olive's in the strip, which I understand was an open jam setting. I stopped in there once or twice, met the boys and shortly after was ask to join. At that time, I was jamming with Soul Jones which later became Randall Troy & The Kings, Soul Jones was Randy Troy on guitar, Max Woodhall on bass, Jim Seng on keys, Bill Engelman on sax and myself. The Kings recorded a demo and I'm wondering if you were present during the recording? as there was another saxman present during the recording...yes? no? Take care Jerry.