A look at the musical legacy of beloved jazz trumpeter-composer Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), one of the architects of the jazz style known as "bebop." He'd have been 100 last month.
On October 11, 2014 Joe Negri and his Quartet performed at the Oakland Forever festival. Among the tunes were compositions by two of Pittsburgh's best known jazz musicians: Earl "Fatha" Hines and Billy Strayhorn. The musicians were his regular group: pianist Max Leake, bassist Tony DiPaolis, bass and drummer Tom Wendt, drums.
A Tuesday posting on "The Digs" examined the career of Pittsburgh vocalist and bandleader Billy Eckstine, a native of Highland Park. This revised repost of a 2012 entry in my "Pittsburgh Jazz Legends" series supplements the fascinating photos from Eckstine's career.
While he only spent his first seven years here, yet today, Eckstine remains one of Pittsburgh's jazz (and pop music) gifts to the world, a vocalist of intelligence, passion and always an undeniable level of class. At seven, William Clarence Eckstein (the original spelling) moved to Washington DC. He sang as after high school and while attending Howard University. Winning an amateur contest led him to leave Howard. Eckstine was singing in Chicago in 1939 when trumpeter Budd Johnson brought him to the attention of the city's top bandleader: fellow Pittsburgher Earl "Fatha" Hines.