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

Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times

I know that a lot of us have day jobs but if you can make this, come and share your thoughts. YOU ARE THE ARTS AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY!



Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times
Remaining Seats Are Going Fast

If you plan to attend the March 3rd forum on arts and the economy, please register today as the event is almost full.

Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times, a public forum and panel discussion with local arts funders will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 2-5 pm in the 4th Floor Studio of the Benedum Center in the Cultural District.

On the Agenda:
- A review of findings from an economic snapshot survey of local nonprofit arts organizations.

- A panel of local arts funders--including Janet Sarbaugh from The Heinz Endowments, David Donahoe from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Germaine Williams from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Robert Reed from the Multicultural Arts Initiative, and others--will share insights on the impact of the economic recession.

- An opportunity for members of the local arts and cultural community to discuss how they are being impacted by the recession and share ideas on what the creative sector might do to address the challenges we are now facing.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. For more info and to RSVP, visit ProArtsTickets or call 412.394.3353.

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