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

New projects from Brian Edwards coming soon......

We here at B.D.M. , Inc. hope you have had a great summer and hope that you have caught some of The Brian Edwards Excursion shows that took place. We wanted to fill you in on a project that is soon to be released. Brian Edwards has been working on a four volume set of music which the first release will be released at the end of september or early October. This project has been described as a "stream of conscience-ness, that hence, in it's four "movements"is in of itself thought spoken through tone. All of the tracks were written,performed, and recorded by Brian,in which he plays keys,drums,percussion(tabla,dunbek,djembe,

conga,etc.), and vocals. This simply is captured moments in various times of the musician, the drummer, the man! We will keep you informed as the release dates gets closer. In other Brian Edwards news: Brian is now excepting students! This is a rare opportunity to study with a world class drummer who has played with some of the best in the world, period! Although he has played all over the world, he chooses to live here and believes in the future talent of Pittsburgh and wants to share the knowledge he has accumulated over the years with up and coming drummers. He is now on staff at Bentley and Romito Music Studios in Irwin , Pa.. Brian is also available for private instruction here at the B.D.M. Studios located in Bellevue, Pa. We hope that summer was fun for you all and that you are looking forward to great music happenings in the fall; From all of us here at Burning Dreads Media we wish you all the best!

B.D.W., Inc.


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