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.
Working Percussionist and Educator in South Florida, Currently in two Symphony Orchestras an 18 Piece Jazz Band and numerous Rock & Jazz Bands....Owner of " DRUMMERSONLY" Drum Shop In Port St Lucie FL. 34952
Artist or Fan
artist, industry professional
Comment Wall (2 comments)
You need to be a member of Pittsburgh Jazz Network to add comments!
Hi ...thanks for the encouragement....I hope to make some great friends and hear some great music.....Attention Drummers......I just opened a full line drum shop in South Florida Called "DRUMMERSONLY" I have all the Great Gear at DISCOUNT PRICES ( we meet & Beat all legit prices on Drum Equipment), We ship Worlwide......Hey Drummers, when it gets cold in Pittsburgh come on down to Sunny Floida for a huge Drum Off !!!!!!! If I get some responses I'll work up some dates !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pittsburgh is a drummers town among other notable things so we are very glad to have you join us in our celebration of them and others of our great tradition. You'll make many new friends here and find some old ones I'm sure. Please feel free to participate fully, promote yourself if you like and share your art.