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.
WOW YOU READ MY MIND. I PLAY YOUR STUFF. I HAVE HOME-MADE STUFF BUT I AM PLAYING EVERYTHING.HARD!!!! YOU SOUND GREAT.
OH, I AM SORRY ABOUT YOUR MOM...SHE JUST DROPPED HER BODY BECAUSE IT WAS TIRED WORKING AND HER SOUL MOVED ON TO A BETTER PLACE . I still hear my dad at times. When are you coming to Pgh? NOt alot of jazz!!!
What a great song (see comment below) and wonderful recording of it Go to Virgil's page to hear it.
it's listed as 07 song 7 on the music player.
(Wish the actual title was there) Up Down and All Around by the great Rodger Ryan
I've been meaning to respond to yoour post about Maryetta Evans. I'm sorry to say that she passed in January and I sang at her funeral. She was 96! She was my friend and fellow performer. We did several shows at the old Holiday House in Monroeville. I'm so glad I had the time with her that I had. She was my teacher and my daughter's also. I'm hoping to take some of her pictures and music, and show bills to the History Center. The Evans Family needs to be remembered here in Pittsburgh.
Hope all is well with you dear. Keep in touch.
Sorry I've not been a better friend.
Sorry to hear about your mom, I just lost mine three weeks ago, totally took the wind the wind out of my sails!
You will always be a great up lifting touch on my life.
19 what ever Squirel Hill----WOW
Devorah....soo classy and dedicated not to mention elegant...ELEGANT...with phrasing, and stylings of voice and arrangements..Thank you for sharing the wealth of your talent with the world....lovely indeed...will be in P'burgh this coming year and hope to see you and your band in the new digs...all my best to you always ...b
I'M SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR MOTHER'S PASSING. I KNOW THIS IS A HARD TIME FOR YOU NOW WITHOUT HER. I LOST MY MOM IN 2004, SHE WAS 92. I CARED FOR MY MOTHER AS YOU DID YOURS AND I KNOW YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES. HANG ON TO THOSE AND KNOW THAT YOU WERE BLESSED TO HAVE HER AS LONG AS YOU DID.
LOSS IS PART OF THIS LIFE, AND REMEMBERING ALL THE GOOD THINGS WILL NUTURE YOUR HEART TO SMILE AGAIN.
WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY,
OUR LIVES HAVE A VOID NEVER TO BE FILLED WHEN
WE LOSE OUR PARENTS. BUT KNOWING HOW YOU
HELPED WHEN HELP WAS REALLY NEEDED IS SO VERY
COMFORTING IN THE FUTURE. BELIEVE ME...
YOUR MOM RAISED A MOST RESPECTFUL PERSON - Y0U.
Great to hear from you. Your music sounds wonderful as usual ,you still have that touch. I am so sorry to hear about linda she , she was part of our family and she and i were very cool, she is truly missed. I'll be posting some photos from back in the day when i get things together.
P.S. thanks for the kind words. you put a smile on my face.