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.
Sad news for the Pittsburgh jazz community.... Michelle Benson called me yesterday to tell me that our dear friend Sandy Staley passed away at Forbes Hospice Tuesday evening. There will be no viewing, no service. A memorial service will be held later at a time and location to be announced.
I hope you are very well. I plan to get to Pgh late August or early Sept.
Would really love to see you.(and hear you of course)
my friend sue just sent me the link to hear this song on you tube- I thought you might get a laugh from it..I did. (needed one)
"The minutes Go Like Hours When You Sing"
by Dave Tull (he sounds great!)
Greetings... I am establishing a live Jazz Night on a Wednesday between 7pm to 10pm at a very nice, clean, and classy venue in the East Liberty area. The evening will feature local Pittsburgh musicians like Tony Campbell and many others performing for a very appreciative audience of jazz lovers.
I am a Pittsburgh native and local youth arts advocate attempting to expose young up and coming artists to the heart and soul of pure Pittsburgh music culture and traditions as they meet and learn from some of the local Music Masters. If you are interested in hosting a Wednesday night once a month or every other month I would be humbled and honored to make this happen.
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
I will check them out! Always looking for new voices. I am writing a blog piece for jazz.com about jazz and cabaret, how we don't have to take sides. So many of the great singers are hard to define...and that's part of what makes them great.
GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SUE. GLAD YOU ARE STILL SO
PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC. TIME WELL SPENT!!!!!!
LOVED BOTH MILDRED & JIMMY. CHECK OUT MARTHA DAVIS & SPOUSE. VERY UNIQUE VOICE & SOME INTERESTING MATERIAL.
SO MANY WONDERFUL TALENTS KNOWN TO SO FEW. SHAME.........
WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
MY BEST WISHES TO YOU,
Thank you so much for your consoling words on the passing of my wonderful mom. You're right about the un-fillable void that's left when our parents pass on.
It was a treasure for me to be with her during these past 19 months. She was the greatest person and I am blessed to be her daughter and to truly know the legacy she leaves to this world.
She told me once last year that hearing a song in her mind was how she stayed serene and happy.She loved singing Fly Me To THe Moon...maybe you'll sing it for her sometime!! I know her soul will feel it.
I'm the gal who played jazz on the radio in Pgh. for many years. My career took me to Youngsown and I had 21 years in radio before retiring. I came to see you sing with Roger many,many times and have long been a fan of yours too! I did go to Duquesne and CMU for music way back when and am now a High School band director! Hope to hear you sing again sometime soon! P.S.- My radio names in Pgh. were Jazz Now with Annie on DUQ, Annie's After Hours Club on WAMO and Annie Collins on WYJZ and Lite-FM etc., etc. By the way I have a great jazz collection too, many albums signed by the artist, i.e.- Ella, Dizzy, Count Basie and more. Annie
Hey Sandy, Thanks for the kind words. It was great to see you out tonight and last week. My apologies for not swinging by to say hello, but you're quicker than you look. : )
I need to hear you sing soon. It's been far too long.
Peace & Love,Alex
I am so sorry I missed you this Wed, I had to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma to buy a new minivan from my cousin (my car was stolen a few weeks back) and it was so my great misfortune to be over 1000 miles from your lovely voice this past Wednesday, when will you be playing again? Do you keep a calendar somewhere I can check?
SPIN IS ON ELLSWORTH AVE. (OPPOSITE SIDE OF STREET AS WAS NEW YORK,
NEW YORK) NEXT TO THE ELBOW ROOM, A LONG STANDING RESTAURANT.
SPIN HAS NO KITCHEN, PER SE, BUT SERVES FRUITS & CHEESES & DIPS....
FUN PLACE REALLY. 7-10 THE FIRST TUESDAY OF AUGUST. THIS IS ON THE
END OF ELLSWORTH CLOSEST TO EAST LIBERTY....
Hey beauty, I am going to try to come here you in August, my next gig is Aug 16 at Club Cafe, been many years since I played that place!!! I am opening an evening called "Chicks Who Rock" it's all acts with women in them, lots of different stuff, rock, heavier rock, hip hop, and me..... I'll be hitting at 7 pm with Chris Parker backing me on guitar for a 40 min set. I am so happy Nelson hipped me to this network he started, now I can actually keep track of people really want to follow! Like you!! So, hopefully the journey of my life will bring me to see you at Spin in Shadyside. (Never been there, I'll need to look for it. )