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

People get ready... the machines are coming!

Music hold the key... if you can dig it!

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Comment by Bruce C on March 21, 2009 at 1:25pm

Nelson.....GOD BLESS YOU AND DAVID FOR THIS a teacher and a progressive participating community member this is whats is wanted and "needed" in every "school" in the world...our latest political and financial histories underscore the universal need for's not just a "rehash" of the 60's. The survival of the planet is on the line....and Jazz and Art are prime movers for awareness to all...thanks again Nelson...well to you ...always b
Comment by Phat Man Dee on March 19, 2009 at 1:24pm
Pretty trippy stuff Nelson, but good for us to conceive anyways, thanks for posting. You usually don't hear cats talking about spirit and soul in music so much anymore.
Comment by Phat Man Dee on March 19, 2009 at 1:16pm
Comment by Dan Wasson on March 19, 2009 at 6:03am

Comment by Dan Wasson on March 19, 2009 at 5:30am
out of the the gate with Hunab Ku. the tag with 'now's the time'. nice, thanks
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 13, 2009 at 5:04am
Music is heard and understood exclusively in the right temporal lobe of the brain. The left brain does not even hear the inflection of the human voice. Learning jazz by ear is the best way to restore your balance and remember who you are... human. Reading music (left brain visual-motor skill) will never get you there any more than the map will get you through a traffic jam. The left brain is designed to follow orders and do things NOT to think and understand. It doesn't remember much either, especially music. that's why so-ca;;ed musicians have major problem with retention. Time to wake up!

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