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.
I love the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially Troy Polamalu. I was born in Pittsburgh and always will be a Pittsburgher!!!
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
My absolute favorite is The Blues Orphans, luv u Nelson!!!!! The Pittsburgh symphony comes second.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
B94, which is a hip hop/dance/pop station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Heinz Hall, Billy's Roadhouse with the Blues Orphans there.
I have played my oboe since I was 9 and I taught myself to play the organ. I quit the violin when I was 11. Learning how to play the mandolin and I want to play the guitar. So yes you can say I'm musical!! I love horses and any kind of animals. Love nature and I want to become a vet. or nature photographer. I have 2 cats and 1 Chocolate Lab. I love pop and hip-hop music. My favorites are the veronicas, kanye west, p!nk, and kelly clarkson. I play a lot of jazz and patriotic songs on my oboe. I play anything on the organ, but I'm still learning how to play the mandolin. Even though I'm a beginner at the mandolin, I have already made songs on it. My dog Kobie will sometimes listen when I play too!!!!
HI Ashley. Keep up the good work and as Tony says, make sure you remain passionate, as being a professional musician, well, the rewards HAVE to be on a personal level for most.
BTW, I have the most wonderful memories of Wexford as a young boy.
My Dad and I used to hunt there almost every weekend in the fall and winter. What a beautiful place it was back in the 1970's (I imagine there are very few places to hunt there now, eh?)
How thrilled I am to see your page. It is so well done I don't have to tell you how to use it. you are such a bright young musician and I am sure your enthusiasm will inspire many of the veterans on this network that all is not lost. We will stay in close touch and I look forward to you bringing many of your peers into the fold. there are some members here in our age group you will want to know and I'll share their pages with you shortly so you can add them as friends.
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