Pain Relief Beyond Belief





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, Parlan to 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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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More from Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History

The Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History seeks to become a single source for Pennsylvania and the International community to recognize, experience and learn from the diverse music and broadcasting talents, born, raised or became a part of Pennsylvania Heritage. Our intention is not to usurp any existing museum or entity similar to our mission or goals. At very least we will be a marketing arm of your organization, providing information on where to go, where to find and who to see in Pennsylvania.


We are currently creating (behind our web page) Bios, Discographies, Videos, Narrations and links to existing internet and brick and mortar locations, to support our mission.  Recent organizations have begun to appear in Georgia, Louisiana, Florida and St Louis. Existing organizations primarily focus on one music genre, Rock Hall of Fame, Memphis Blues, Rockabilly Hall of Fame or a specific record label, Sun, Philly International, Stax or Motown.


We plan to illustrate the entire musical and broadcast diversity in Pennsylvania, utilizing existing museums, places of interest, venues and opportunities for the public, to be a part of the next generation of Pennsylvania's exceptional talents.  


Persons or locations not recognized are of particular importance, for much of this information will be lost forever if not archived and located now.


Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History is seeking all Broadcast and Music Professionals from Pennsylvania or have connection to the Commonwealth to contribute, time, information, personal histories and known locations in Pennsylvania in order too  distribute more promotional and tourist information about our rich Pennsylvania Heritage.

 Some of the names below maybe familiar to you, Poison, Live,  Dan Hartman, Gamble and Huff, Intruders, Marion Anderson, Myron Cope, Teddy Pendergrass, Blue Magic, Harry Kalas, Alen Freed, Kenny Chandler, Steven Foster, Hooters, Richie Ashburn, Badlees, Dick Clark, Porky Chedwick, Dick Biondi, Fred Rogers, P.P.Bliss, others not so much. None the less all  have a connection to Pennsylvania and all deserved to be recognized.

 Phase One of our plan is to develop a critical mass audience who have a desire to locate and promote and contribute names to our list on Facebook: pmmbh home

The Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History is working to several primary projects:

* Expanding our network of interested persons, bands, artists and broadcasters from Pennsylvania

* Gaining archival information or links to the above individuals, museums, organizations and many others to post on our virtual museum.

*Original Bios, Discographies, Videos, Narrations used by permission  and links to existing Internet and brick and mortar locations



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