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

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Goode dies at 80

Son of pioneering broadcaster Mal Goode; Former Senior VP of Mellon Bank


by Rob Taylor Jr.
Courier Staff Writer

His father, Malvin R. “Mal” Goode, was the first African American correspondent in the U.S. for a major TV network, ABC, so the “Goode” name is historic.

But Robert W. “Bob” Goode made sure to carve out his own path, leaving his own legacy via personal and professional accomplishments.

Bob Goode, a Westinghouse High School graduate (and member of the school’s Hall of Fame), former state human relations commissioner and senior vice president at Mellon Bank, died on Aug. 18 after a 15-month battle with cancer. He was 80.

“Robert was truly a scholar, husband, dad and decent human being who gave back to his community in a positive manner,” echoed Ronald B. Saunders, president of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African Life and History, in an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier. “Robert opened up many doors for African American students at Westminster College, where he is considered a pioneer.”

Saunders first met Bob Goode when Saunders was employed as a human relations representative II in the Pittsburgh Regional Office of the Pa. State Human Relations Commission. “Whenever I needed a subpoena signed to effectuate the work of the Commission, I would take it to Bob to sign in his capacity as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Commissioner Goode was always available to sign subpoenas and it was obvious he loved his work as Commissioner. The Pennsylvania State Human Relations Commission at that time had the reputation as one of the most aggressive and effective Human Rights enforcement agencies in the country,” Saunders recalled.

Nancy Bolden, wife of the late legendary Pittsburgh Courier reporter Frank Bolden, said that Bob Goode had a passion for social justice issues. She knew of Robert Goode through the working relationship her husband, Frank, had with Goode’s father, Mal, when the two worked at the Courier. Nancy Bolden said she got to know more about Robert Goode when he joined her church, Church of the Redeemer, on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill.

“Bob was a really bright guy that had an incredible career,” Nancy Bolden recalled to the Courier on Aug. 20. “He was a caring person, a very active member of the church, and of course, he came from a family where faith was important.”

Nancy Bolden called Bob Goode’s death “a great loss.”

In the corporate world, Bob Goode was one of the giants. At a time in the mid-1980s when there were no more than 30 African Americans in the entire country who held an upper-management position for a bank, there Bob Goode was, as senior vice president of Mellon Bank. He was featured in a February 1987 article in Black Enterprise magazine; at the time, he led the bank’s Northeastern Lending Division, “a coveted post among aspiring banking professionals,” the article said.

At the time, Bob Goode led a staff of lending officers who furnished loans to major corporations in New England, New York and parts of New Jersey. The Black Enterprise article discussed how Bob Goode, after graduating from Westminster College, in New Wilmington, Pa., entered Mellon Bank’s management training program in 1964.

“Mellon was starting to look for Blacks, but they didn’t know how to go about it,” Bob Goode recalled in the feature.
Bob Goode was discovered by Mellon Bank via the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, which operated a “skills bank” that matched Black candidates with companies looking for minority workers, the article said. In 1968, Bob Goode decided to enter the bank’s in-house credit-training programs, which helped him climb the bank’s corporate ladder.

Born on May 30, 1940, to Mal and Mary Lavelle Goode, Bob Goode had six siblings. The Goode family was a large and prosperous one. Mal Goode (1908-1995) worked not only at the Courier, but at radio stations KQV and WHOD. As the family lived in Homestead, Mal worked as a night janitor in the Homestead steel mills as he attended the University of Pittsburgh. Mal later worked in the juvenile justice system at the Centre Avenue YMCA and managed housing projects for the Pittsburgh Housing Authority, according to a 2013 report by the Tribune-Review.

Eventually, Mal made it to the national stage in 1962, when ABC hired him as a backup reporter at the United Nations. He was often seen on television during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1964 and 1968 presidential election coverage.
Bob Goode’s aunt, Mary Elizabeth Goode Dudley, had her own radio program in Pittsburgh, titled, “Movin’ Around.” Known on-air as “Mary Dee,” she also co-anchored a local television program with her brother, Mal.

Bob Goode also served in the Marine Reserves, in addition to numerous community boards. His official obituary also stated that he loved children, and that children loved “Uncle Bob.” At the time of his death, Bob Goode was collaborating with the authors of an upcoming book on his father, Mal.

Bob Goode is survived by his wife, Phyllis Moorman Goode, son, Michael Moorman Goode, siblings Richard Goode, Roberta Goode-Wilburn, Ronald Goode and Rosalia G. Parker, and sisters-in-law Joyce Moorman Lee and Patricia Moorman Kelly.

The family suggests donations in memory of Bob Goode to the POISE Foundation or Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti.



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