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.
Oh my Annie, thank you so much for the birthday wishes! Girl, how are you???? Sure have missed you. Sweet of you to reach out with a birthday greeting for me. Hope you keep in touch dear. Thanks again, Love, Michele
Hello Annie. Good to see you here in the PJN ! still here in Pittsburgh, teaching instrumental
music . Debbie and I doing well, two daughters and a little grandson ! Playing a gig here and there ! Mike !!!!! !!
Yeah. Roger does a jam session every Thursday at C.J.'s on Penn Avenue in The Strip District. That's an idea! Maybe if I'm not playing anywhere, and can't make it to Al's show, I can still run into you at Roger's session.
They say timing is everything! I'm playing Friday, but so far I don't have anything for Thursday. I was thinking about going to that show, but I don't think I'm going to make it. Call me if you get a chance.
GREAT to hear from you Frank!! I quickly stopped by your site and when I have a little more time, I'll get registered! It looks fantastic, just the kind of site I'd be into!! Hope you're doing well, your photo looks great. Annie
Well, this is a real pleasure to hear from you. It has been a long time and I hope it will not be long again. I just started a ning site called "Old Vinyl" at franksplace.ning.com you must check it out.
WELL, I GUESS THIS IS AN OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION.
IF WE HAVEN'T MET, WE PROBABLY WILL. I WILL BE AT
THE RHYTHM HOUSE, BRIDGEVILLE, PA. ON OCT.19TH
FROM 7-10 FOR THE PGH. JAZZ SOCIETY. DO YOU PLAY
AN INSTRUMENT, SING, WHAAAAAAAAT?????????????
Thanks Nelson! I stopped by Tony Campbell's jam on Sunday at C.J.'s. It's GREAT being back in touch with Pittsburgh Jazz again! I'll be sure to let my students know about your site... It's wonderful! Annie
We are so glad you found us. Please invite your students to join. they will tap into the TRUE Pittsburgh jazz history and legacy here that cannot be found elsewhere. Also please comment on anything you see or hear. You can also start Groups, Forums or discussions.
Thank goodness Trish let me know about his site. I've spent years in Youngstown radio and couldn't seem to find out where anybody was ever playing in Pgh.. Sure glad I know where to look now!!! I'll be in Pgh. tomorrow, so I'm gonna try to find out where this Big Mama's place is. You put a huge smile on my face today!! Miss you and love you too!!!!! Annie