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

The Gărâna Jazz Festival is one of the most important events of this kind in Romania, bringing every year great names from the international and national scene (e.g: Jean-Luc Ponty, Jan Garbarek Group, Dixi Krauser, Johnny Răducanu, Aura Urziceanu, Teodora Enache, Alexandrina and many others) 1997 was the first year of the festival—in the beginning the idea seemed to be a local hobby for the founders. 2001 was a turning point for the festival when the new manager of the festival, Marius Giura, wanted to include Gărâna in the international jazz festivals run. At that time Johnny Răducanu and Teodora Enache performed for the first time. The 2008 edition of the festival will be held during 18 – 20 July in Gărâna, Romania. Location: Garana, 30 km de Resita Program: Friday 18 JULY 2008 Event: THE LITUANIAN JAZZ TRIO (Lituania) MIROSLAV VITOUSI (Italy) THE MEDITERANIAN MEETING (Italy) Saturday 19 JULY 2008 Event: JAROSLAW SMIETANA QUARTET (Poland) DJABE (Hungary) feat. STEVE HACKETT VICTOR WOOTEN GROUP (USA) NIGHTLOOSERS (Romania) Sunday 20 JULY 2008 Event: DOMINIUE DIPIAZZA (France) and HOREA CRISOVAN PROJECT(Romania) CHARLES LLOYD DUB with JASON MORAN (USA) HARRY TRIVITIAN (Romania) ORIENT EXPRESS (Romania) YELOW JACKET feat MIKE STERN (USA)

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