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.
Happy belated Mother's Day. Hope all is well with you guys.
We have a new Pittsburgh Jazz Channel at 101.1 FM and 1550 AM also online at PittsburghJazzChannel.org.
They are coming along very well and playing some good music. I…"
I just moved back to Pittsburgh (from Philly area) and am looking forward to working with the many great musicians here!
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Nelson Harrison(trombone), Roger Humphries (drums), Tim Jenkins (piano), Jeff Grubbs (bass) and Lou Stellute (reeds) to name a few...
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Used to be the old Crawford Grill
I am a jazz vocalist and I have just come back to Pittsburgh to live and work. When I lived here before I recorded my debut album, Genie Walker," not from concentrate" at George Heid Studios, featuring mostly Pittsburgh musicians (see favorite musicians box), also Jeff Jarvis, trumpet, (who is now director of jazz studies at California State University at Long Beach), and singers Irenda Gates from Philadelphia and Bonnie Yeager, New York City. I have spent most of my career in New York and Philly and Europe but value my time in Pittsburgh because of the history and the chance to record with these wonderful players.
I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:
You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Minds of Glass: ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).
Thank you for the CD and you wonderful work on it. If you would like me to send you some mp3 excerpts for your page, let me know. Maybe 40 sec. each or whatever you like. BTW all 6 parts of The Metaphysics of Music are posted on the video page so you can see them all at your leisure. Hope your Thanksgiving was great and thank you for joining.