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

Dennis Allan Hughes, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, died
peacefully at his home in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the age of 80.
Dennis, a proud native of Rankin, Pennsylvania, was born in that town on July 15, 1941 to
parents Chester and Ethel Hughes. He graduated from Rankin High School in 1959, where he
served as Senior Class President. He then went on to Lincoln University, where he graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1963. While there, he played on the football team
and was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 1960.
Dennis had a very successful business career starting with a position with Goodyear. He moved
on to executive and managerial positions with various companies including The Joseph Horne
Company, IBM, G.C. Murphy, MicroBilt, and JDA Software, concluding his long career as Senior
Sales Executive with Torex Retail. Dennis was also a member of the FROGS Club.
Dennis was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He enjoyed, in his spare time, watching
movies, listening to a wide range of music, and spending time with his family. He was also an
avid collector of ceramic frogs.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Dianne; his children Dr. D. Michael (Carol)
Hughes, Christopher A. (Susan) Hughes, Elizabeth L. Hughes, Esq.; his brother David (Dorothy)
Hughes, his sister Patricia Spear; his beloved granddaughter Parker Hughes, and a host of
nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Harold Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Lincoln University (PA) as an expression of
sympathy. Please see instructions below for mailing and online donations in memoriam of
Dennis A. Hughes, Class of 1963. Thank you.
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