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.






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       In Her Own Words

Reeva Memorial/Crohn's Foundation benefit 2mrw & th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee next Thursday!

Hey, hey, hey! My phantasmagorical phat-o-licious phan base and super phriends!

I hope this letter of intent meets you well. I intend to do much as I have done before, which is sing, and hope you listen. By your reading of this letter, you indirectly agree you shall listen, and hopefully I will sing.
Now we have all the legal bases covered, upcoming show listings for Phat Man Dee and friends!
Tomorrow night, June 18, 2011

I'm deeply honored to be included in a show opening for Rusted Root. I will be accompanied by Colter Harper, Miguel Sague III & special guests. Also performing are Bill Deasy, Lightening Box and Drowning Clowns. Mr. Smalls will host the “My Heart Will Go On” benefit, an evening of music and artistry to honor the name and legacy of Reeva Alexis Kelly, a 12 year old angel who recently passed away. All proceeds will benefit The Reeva Charitable Fund, the goal of which is to empower the child suffering from Crohn’s and Colitis, and The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
About The Reeva Charitable Fund: “Our beloved Reeva Alexis Kelly passed away on November 15, 2010, at the age of 12 after a two year struggle with Crohn’s Disease. The Reeva Charitable Fund is dedicated to easing the struggle of children who suffer from Crohn’s Disease. Donations will help such young people take part in joyous activities consonant with Reeva’s many interests such as dance, theatre, photography and music. Funds will also serve to promote Crohn’s Disease awareness among educators and peers to help ease the day-to- day life of children who live with this disease.”  -The Berlin Family
“My niece Reeva was a beautiful and amazingly talented girl who was taken from us far too soon. Her mother (my sister) Katie and the rest of our family feel that the least we can do to honor her memory is to try and create opportunities for children like her to live a more beautiful life.” –Liz Berlin (Rusted Root, Drowning Clowns, Mr. Smalls, Creative.Life.Support)

 If you want to come, I suggest you buy tix in advance. They are selling very well and might sell out.  Tickets:
$25 General Admission 
$45 Garnet level VIP
The Garnet Level VIP offers a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, “Hot World Chamber Music” by The Ortner-Roberts Duo, and a meet and greet with the artists performing that evening.

 $180 Diamond level VIP
The Diamond Level will offer a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, “Hot World Chamber Music” by The Ortner-Roberts Duo, and a meet and greet with the artists performing that evening plus a signed Rusted Root poster, and a VIP Balcony seat during the show.

 Tickets may be purchased at the Mr. Smalls Box Office, or online at or charge by phone 866.468.3401
(All service fees will be waived by ticketweb in support of the benefit)
Facebook event page:

Next Thursday June 23, 2011
Please please come out to this, I am playing with Carlos Peña and Miguel Sague III, and my old friend and master blues man th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee is
returning to South Side!! It's been at least 10 years since I last booked him on my old weekly variety show but his music is as killing as ever! Tall Paul Leech who played on my first album and also with much beloved S Side bands of yore like Crawling Low Band is also coming home for the gig!
Only $10. 21 and over at the Club Cafe,  56 S 12th St, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA.   
More info about the gig:

His website with music and videos:

Facebook  event page:
I will be emceeing for the Bridge City Bombshell's monthly show/ parade of decorated flesh and fabulous debauchery, in a monthly celebration of wild women and their immense power. Good times. Hot chicks. Beer. What else can I say?
Belevdere's is located at 4016 Butler Street, Pittsburgh
(Lawrenceville), PA 15201 412-687-2555 Doors open 9, showtime 10 pm. 

I think the cover is $10 before 10 pm and $12 after, don't quote me.

Following Thursday June 30, 2011
I am singing at a Tornado Benefit with Miguel Sague III at Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle, 2329 Penn avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa, to raise funds for the Red Cross in an effort to help those that have lost so much. Other performers include Terry Griffith, Khafif , Phat Man Dee , Whiskey Limerick, Sean O'Donnell, Dan and Casey Deely, Red Hand Paddy.
Tickets are only $10.
More info:

Summer festival appearances include:
*X Day* (for Subgenius ministers only) July 1-5, 2011 at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, Ohio. If you have purchased your salvation, come on down and join us for the Rupture as we await the pleasure domes and the aliens!  (Only, $30 what a deal!)

July 7 - 10
I will again be at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, Ohio. At this event I will be singing at the Caffeina and Green Man Pub stages with Miguel Sague III and Mathew Tembo. Lots of fire, freedom and arcane knowledge live at this beautiful campground!

 *Sirius Rising*
Thursday July 14, 2011
I shall sing on the main stage at Sirius Rising at Brushwood Campgrounds in Sherman, NY. I will be singing with Miguel Sague III, Carlos Peña and special guests. I love this campground. I camp with Anomie and we have a permanent dancing pole in the front yard. Come for a spin, but don't forget your panties!

 *Bobby Porter Fest*
July 21, 22, 23 (I'll probably be on the 23rd, more details tba.)
Somewhere in Pittsburgh, in honor of the great singer Bobby Porter.

 *Shadow Lounge Block Party*
Friday July 29, 2011

More info tba.

Please come out and see me sometime soon. I love you dearly, and its easier to love you in person.

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