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



       In Her Own Words
Clem Rolin
  • Male
  • Oakdale, PA
  • United States
Share on Facebook
Share on Facebook MySpace
  • Blog Posts
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Clem Rolin's Friends

  • Cecilio Valdez Washington
  • Bill Trousdale
  • Rocky Youhon
  • Rick Nowlin
  • Rick Hirsch
  • Joani Taylor
  • Candid Jazz and Conversations
  • Ricco J.L.Martello
  • The Tuesday Night Big Band
  • The Blues Orphans
  • Dave Yoho
  • Ken Lamison
  • Deb Weible
  • Luther DeJarunett
  • Dr. Nelson Harrison

Gifts Received


Clem Rolin has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift


Clem Rolin's Page

Profile Information

Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Chuck Spatafore
Kevin Clark
Shawn Jones
Ron Bickel
Don Aliquo
Lou Schreiber
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
About Me:
Valve trombonist/bassist/ arranger/conductor, vocalist. Career conductor/director of bands. PMEA Honors Jazz Band conductor 2007,
Montour HS 68-90 Arranger/Director, Washington County Honors band conductor 2004, Conductor/Arranger West Hills Symphonic Band
South Fayette HS 90-03 Arranger/Director
Robert Morris University arranger/director 94-08
Performer since 1961
Artist or Fan

Comment Wall (2 comments)

You need to be a member of Pittsburgh Jazz Network to add comments!

Join Pittsburgh Jazz Network

At 11:17pm on April 4, 2009, Troy W Campbell said…
Hey buddy it's good to see you join our group I'll see you on the 16th. Troy
At 7:57pm on February 12, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Clem,

You have deep roots in Pittsburgh so I'm sure you know your way around. this network is where you can post your activities and see what others are doing and have done. We look forward you experiencing your artistry. Make some friends and we'll see you out and about. Thanks for joining.



© 2024   Created by Dr. Nelson Harrison.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service