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

Re-Konception! music has been described by former WORD-FM and WDAS-FM Radio personality, Dan Henderson and WBVP/WMBA Radio talk show host, Valerie McKelvy, as the cutting edge of urban Christian cont…

Re-Konception! music has been described by former WORD-FM and WDAS-FM Radio personality, Dan Henderson and WBVP/WMBA Radio talk show host, Valerie McKelvy, as the cutting edge of urban Christian contemporary music.  See what you think of the unique blend of jazz, R & B, rock, Latin, Reggae and classical patterns used in the group's original compositions.  Named to the 2010 Black Essence Awards Hall of Fame, Joby and MiMi strive to grow their music ministry and keep to God's charge to bring forth the Word through music and to share this music with the entire world.  Re-Konception! music is now playing in more than 250 countries on Jango Radio Airplay internet radio (

Most current discography includes "Composite of the Soul" full length CD and "Heaven" four song 'EP' CD.  All songs are original except Christian classics "I Give Myself Away" by William McDowell and "Mary Did You Know" by Gaithers members, Mark Lowry and Buddy Green.  The most popular cuts on "Composite of the Soul" are "Be Still (Psalm 46)" and "Walking The Streets of Heaven" which features music by world renown Clarence Grant of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh.  The CD will soon be availabe on the group's official website,

Joby and MiMi recently declined an offer from Nashville based, Castle/Tower Cross Records, deciding to continue recording on their Narrow Way Music independent label and wait patiently in preparation for the 'right offer' to materialize.  They also are taking care of every aspect of their upcoming Advent of Autumn Christian Music Festival September 28th and 29th.  This includes artist, venue and ad procurement, in addition to design, layout and printing of the event program.

All booking requests and inquiries should be made to Joby, by calling (724) 622-1869 or (724) 891-8215 or e-mail:, or

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