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

JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION EVENT (back by popular demand!!)

Event Details

JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION EVENT (back by popular demand!!)

Time: April 18, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
Location: April's On The Avenue
Street: 7101 Frankstown Avenue (Homewood)
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Phone: 412-818-3789 (event coordinator), 412-731-1630 (April's)
Event Type: music, networking, party
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2009

Export to Outlook or iCal (.ics)

Event Description

I have been asked to come back to April's on the Avenue to host another Jazz Fan Appreciation Party during the weekly jam session on Saturday's.

We had a great time as you can see from some of the pictures I posted and if you missed out last outing, don't miss this one ok?

We have picked up additional sponsors this time with the participation of Nu-Groove Records and The Ultimate Beauty Spa. They will join our sponsors from the last event in providing a great time for all.

This time out we have Gerald Haymon w/ Colaboration so join me, the staff at April's and all of our Jazz family for another great session.

Comment Wall


RSVP for JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION EVENT (back by popular demand!!) to add comments!

Join Pittsburgh Jazz Network

Comment by The Reese Project on April 15, 2009 at 7:15pm
This looks like a Great Event ! We are 4 hour East of you & work every Weekend playing Great American JAZZ. Any Week Night Options?
or Sundays? our Band is;
Keep up the Great work in Western Pa!!
Blessings; Tom Reese: TRP

Attending (5)

Might attend (2)

Not Attending (1)

© 2021   Created by Dr. Nelson Harrison.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service