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.
an Argentinian painter, sculptor, engraver and scenographer.
About my artwork
I´m completely devoted to xylography, sculpting and digital art. I´ve already made three exhibitions using the last of the three means of expression. They´re unique in the sense that I use the mouse as if it were a pencil- I even sign with it- but I don´t employ any predetermined shapes. Once the drawing is complete I treat it with different graphic editors to apply different textures and effects to them.
I´m currently working on videos based on my latest digital production and also on CD cover artwork.One of my latest works- Una Nada y Color-was used as the artwork for Camille DeVore´s latest jazz CD (Dream in Color), which was released in NY City on June 8th, 2008.
Thanks to Dirk Schreurs- who´s generously offered me the use of his 2006 album ¨Minds of Glass¨ to set music to some of my latest videos- I´ve been able to finish eleven brand-new works. This collaboration, which was born as two separate entities, came to fruition when Dirk saw in my digital art a reflection of his own compositions.It was a pleasant surprise for me to discover on listening to his music that his tunes pulse with the rhythm of my own creations.
The Minds of Glass video art project has been officially selected to be presented worldwide at the International Independent Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles next July and in NY in autumn.
Screening August 4 11 p.m. at the
Regency Fairfax Cinemas
7907 Beverly Boulevard
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Thanks to the wonders of the virtual world two artists from the New and the Old Continent have come together to work on an audiovisual project that will see the light in future months.
The Argentinian video-artist Marta Graciela Bressi is in the process of choosing works out of her vast new production to merge with the music generously offered by the american musician-composer Imani Zubeh.
The editing is on its initial stages but we´ll keep you posted. Check out this page for updates soon
Hello Marta, Nelson Harrison referred me to you for some graphic design support. please reach out to me at your convenience. My email is Linda@smoothahead.com. My number is 562-762-6441. thanks I look forward to speaking with you.