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.
Hello Sister Betty, I had a great time meeting and talking with you this past Saturday at Kevin Amos' "Each One Reach One" - I am enjoying your DVD and looking forward to speaking with you again soon - Remember SounDoctrine @ CJs this Saturday at 8PM!!
It is great to see you!! I will officially be back the first week of June. I have new music, new direction, and so much to share with not just Pgh but the world! And all coming out of Pittsburgh!!!! Anyway, look forward to seeing you soon! Stay tuned to the page as I bring it to life.
Peace Be With you,
Thanks so much for the invite, I got terribly lost and was so frustrated I just went back home. So sorry I missed it, I will make a point to know exactly where I'm going the next time. You had a fantastic evening.
I'm sure you were more than outstanding.......as usual!
Dear Ms Douglas,
I am honored and pleased to be your friend here on the network! I sincerely hope I will get to meet, play and talk about art and music with you someday soon.
Have a blessed day!
Thank you for your kind words, you are so beautiful, I really hope I can see you somewhere around before too long, I am so happy Nelson put this forum together so I can have the honor of meeting musicians of such high caliber.
I'm making my re-debut in Cleveland (after 30+ years since playing there several times, in the dark ages) on Aug. 20, 7pm, at Nighttown in Cleveland Hts. Anyone who feels like hopping over there or who knows folks in that area, please feel free to pass this on.
Thanks, I don't have the hometown advantage so hope to get a little help w/ spreading the word, eh?