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.
Hi Justin. I don't know if you remember me from Scholars or Schenley, but it's Andrea Tomaszewski. I can't explain why you popped into my consciousness last night, but I can't deny it either. Hope all is well!
hey bro good 2 c u on da netork. i had a great time playing with u @sevensprings and was very dissipointed you wasnt on the following gig. i love playing with you , you make my job so easy. when ever you get some free time i would love to take you to the studio with me and capture some magic! give me a call, much luv! DOSE
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
Hey Justin...thanks for your very kind words! You were a pleasure to work with and know............seems like another lifetime, huh?
I think you might dig what we have been up to lately....Vigil and I have a very cool thing going I think might make you smile....love to see you at a gig if you have the time and inclination!
How's that bass treating you?
Hey Justin... I miss hearing from you. I'm hoping we're in touch again soon. Please give me a ring if there's anything I can ever do for you, any time, any place or reason... or just to say hey... later, Jeff
Great to hear you are well, and growing. I will always be your friend. Would love to share a stage again some day with you, and make some music again. Take care, and write me soon.
Wow...What a cool thing to see your name across my screen! I remember many fun gigs together in what seems like another lifetime ~ Glad to see you are still there and hoping you are loving where you landed...Wishing you all good things! Erin