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

Tasso George Spanos - Healer

Obituary for Tasso Tasso Spanos 1932-2021


09/17/1932 - 05/02/2021

Tasso George Spanos, age 88, went to his eternal rest on May 2, 2021.


Tasso was the beloved husband of Rebecca for almost 60 years; father to Mark (Toni) and Matthew (Joanna); Papou to Benjamin and Mairen.  


Tasso was a Renaissance man. He graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Biology and then attended the University of North Carolina’s Bacteriology master’s program. He founded Opus One, an audio store, which allowed him to meet many of his musical icons.  


Tasso loved to dance, any time, and in almost every style. He would perform traditional Greek dances, waltz, and swing – and was always ready to learn something new.  


Following a severe illness abroad, Tasso discovered that trigger point myotherapy could restore his muscular health. He went through additional training, and helped found the Pittsburgh School of Pain Management. He also taught stretch classes throughout Pittsburgh, and at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. He never stopped trying to help people, even offering suggestions for stretches to his doctors as they, in turn, tried to help heal a heart stretched to its limit after 88 years of service to others.

Tasso’s funeral service will be held at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 7521 South Old State Rd. in Lewis Center, Ohio, at 11 AM Saturday, May 15. Visitation will be from 9-11 AM at the Church. Private interment to follow at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, consider contributing to the St. Andrews Anglican Church Youth Project or Shepherd’s Heart Veterans and Homeless Ministry, 13 Pride Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219.

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Pain therapist to discuss treatment


Tasso G. Spanos, a certified trigger point myofacial therapist with more than 20 years' experience in solving pain problems, will be the featured speaker at a program today at Christ Episcopal Church in Greensburg.

Spanos heads the Center for Pain Treatment in Pittsburgh. He was a student of Dr. Janet Travell, former White House physician for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

The lecture will discuss how and why muscle dysfunction and trigger points cause pain and how adjustments to a person's environment can prevent or decrease pain.

Volunteers from the audience will be given the chance to experience trigger point therapy.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at the church at 145 N. Main St. Those attending are asked to use the side entrance in the alley.


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