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

Is The RIAA Dying A Slow Painful Death?

Is The RIAA Dying A Slow Painful Death?

7:32 p.m. . August 20, 2012 . by Sasha Geffen

If you've ever silently wished death upon the Recording Industry
Association of America, your prayers may be poised to come true. The
anti-piracy giant that went after torrenters with bared teeth might just
crash and burn long before filesharing does. Tax records show that the
RIAA has seen a 50% drop in profits over the past two years.

That's a steep fall--from $51.35 million to $29.1 million, to be
precise. The reason? The association is seeing a lot less cashflow from
membership dues as major music labels consolidate. Fewer majors in the
world means a lot less money for the entity that's supposed to safeguard
them from intellectual property theft.

And while the RIAA continues to lobby the government steadily, it's been
spending less on legal fees as it's stopped hunting down individual file
sharers. Taking down the Pirate Bay or Megaupload is more efficient than
screwing teens out of a few grand apiece, apparently. But the
association's legal strategy doesn't seem to be doing them much good;
cases like the one against Limewire, whom the RIAA says owes $75
trillion in damages, are so ridiculous that judges have been throwing
them out.

While the RIAA's funds may be running dry, its top executives are, in
the true American spirit, still seeing absurd payouts. CEO Cary Sherman
came out with $1.37 million last year, while senior executive vice
president Mitch Bainwol scored a mean $1.75 million. Although it has
just 72 employees, the RIAA paid them a total of $12.7 million last

We've known for a while that the RIAA's attempts at protecting
intellectual property have been outrageous, even borderline evil at
points. Looks like the music world's finally ready to usher this old
enemy out.

C Prefix, 2012

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