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



We humans share a special bond with our pets and our choice of pets often reflects aspects of our personalities. This group is dedicated to those beings who journey partially with us on this plane and often precede us beyond the veil.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Latest Activity: May 1, 2011

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Animal vocals

Started by ROBERTA. Last reply by Linda Dachtyl Sep 27, 2008. 1 Reply

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 15, 2008 at 5:08am
This is my last and favorite pet King Frederick III who departed this life in 1982 at 13.5 yea

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 15, 2008 at 5:03am
In case you are curious the group icon is Jerry Betters' pet lion Kitty.
Comment by CWR (Fan of Culture) on August 14, 2008 at 5:57am
Is it ok to be a fan of Jazz and place our "pet" pitcures up? If so I got a FEW ....
Comment by CWR (Fan of Culture) on August 14, 2008 at 5:55am
Man its been some time since I seen a picture of Kitty, before I comment further, would any know the person with a original or copy of this or any other pictures of "KITTY." I'm sure Jennifer (daughter) would love to have them to add to her father’s collection..... This, kitty, is the name of Jerry’s Cat. It seems to be one of the more memorable animals Jerry had, among others were of course his Great Danes& the love for his Boxers. I have got a few replies to my “Portrait of Jerry“, and most remember either riding it Jerry’s car with these huge dogs staring at them or tales of how Jerry solved problems with neighborhood pets courtesy of his Danes.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2008 at 6:38am
The Group icon is Jerry Betters' pet lion. Jerry was a Leo so his choice of a pet is not at all surprising.


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