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
A mile a minute (Monday morning discussion with the son)

Hi, good morning and a howdy good day.
How was your slumber how was the rest.
Green red or blue ~I’m thinking of a number?
Wow look at the squirrel on the fence.
I pick red as my favorite color .
What ? The number, why its 4 of course.
Hay dad, I mean mom, sorry, can I fly if my arms go like this?
I would like over-easy they taste the best.
Boy I’m tired I could go back to bed.
Hay mom can my face stick like this?
I can cross my eyes when I look at my nose but not my lips!
Thanks ,no I’ll just take bread I’m training for my weight.
I’ve got pull-ups today, in gym, I want to do my greatest.
Wow! That’s good, I mixed my eggs with This.
It makes my mouth tingle and sweat.
Hay mom there’s this girl in my class, she keeps sending me notes.
Do I like her? Yes or No?
Will I be her friend?
Can we play together some day. Yuck!
Wow ,Mom look at that, it feels like I’ve been up for hours but actually just four five SIX minutes!

Boy I wish I’d grow so I can ride that coaster.
How long before I’m tall like dad, just not as bald or older.
Hee ! hee ! I’m funny I know I just have it like that.

Hay look at my plate the food is shaped like a zord-bot, like the one I have up stairs.
O I have to go comb my teeth and brush my face.
I mean , o you know, boy I’m stupid. I just mixed up my words.
My teacher said I’m doing great, I like her she’s fun.
I know I have to get a move on.
Hay mom when is summer? I want to ride my bike.
Man I’m going to miss the bus.

I love you mom have a good day, I’ll see you when I come home, then we can talk longer.

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