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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At 7:52pm on December 15, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Donna ! Welcome to Kisses Schru.
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At 6:11pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
I like that song, "How Odd". Did you write that?
At 2:38am on October 20, 2009, Schrubbel said…
I was last year in St.Louis and had a great time ! Hope that you will also having a great time, if you come to Germany ! Do you ever visit Germany ?
At 2:32am on October 20, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Thank you very much for friendship Donna ! Nice to meet you ! Kisses Schru.
At 6:57pm on October 19, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hello Donna ! Greetings from Schru . Cologne/Germany !
At 11:06pm on August 26, 2009, Bill Taylor said…
Thanks Donna how have you been?
My favorite musicians mean more to me than just being musicians they are like family to me!
At 2:59am on August 14, 2009, jerry byrd said…
i dont know you but you look great tell gene ludwig isaid hello
At 4:28am on May 11, 2009, paul steigerwald said…
Donna...thanks for being a fan. You look and sound great. I just found this comment from you. Wish I had seen it weeks ago. In any event, let me know when you will be playing next. Wanna come see you. And if you ever wanna see a hockey game, let me know.
At 10:33am on April 24, 2009, Brother Black said…
Hey Donna....awesome stuff ! You're the best !
B. Black
At 2:07am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 1:39am on February 27, 2009, Arnie Goldberg said…
Have been away from the network for quite awhile... but wanted to comment back.. hello again.. how is going?
At 8:39pm on December 27, 2008, Bruce C said…
Truly your "work"....crafted with style and elegance...more please..anything I can give/share from my kitbag to add to any other artist's life is always a pleasure....Happiest of New Year's and to all in your life too...make music and best always...bc
At 2:45pm on November 12, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
Hi Donna,
Thanks for your truly kind vote of confidence. Virgil and I enjoyed you at the winery last month. I was sorry we didn't have time to say hello, but I was expected at my Grandmother's 85th birthday that same day. I enjoyed your music and ,especially the lyrics you wrote to the blues tune...very enjoyable. Hoping our paths will cross again soon!
My warmest regards to you-
At 7:10pm on September 18, 2008, Terry Magursky said…
K, when ever U want!
At 7:09pm on September 18, 2008, Terry Magursky said…
Le ________
At 5:14pm on July 23, 2008, Anne Annie Friedland said…
hey me
At 5:13pm on July 23, 2008, KENIA said…
Thank you gorgeous! I can't wait to hear your upcoming CD. I already know it's killing!!!!!
At 3:15am on July 22, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Arnie, it is so hard to say what my favorite is....I love so many tunes.
I have a nice book that keep growing by the week. I have never done Here Is That Rainy Day....Lover Man, maybe once or twice, but love it. I'd be happy to show you my book list.
By the way....this picture is neat. When was this and who are the guys with you?
At 2:39am on July 22, 2008, Arnie Goldberg said…

At 2:27am on July 22, 2008, Arnie Goldberg said…
Thanks for the reply Donna... you seem like a very sweet lady... I look forward to hearing you someday... what are your favorite tunes? I really respect Gene Ludwig's playing and the B3 is my favorite instrument. Do you sing Here is that rainy day? Lover Man?

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