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
Paul Cunningham
May 24 at 4:07am
One of the many institutions that made Pittsburgh great is once again marginalized by the economic pressures that degrade and devalue our community as a whole. This change may be inevitable for many additional reasons beyond our control, but to know that this one in particular is what fostered the greatness in so many of our community members, and see it dying without even a whimper sometimes makes me feel hopeless for perpetuating any of our great institutions beyond what a heavily taxed dollar can buy. 

I didn’t take courses at Filmmakers or even go to see movies there with any frequency, but it was one of the first things I could readily identify about what made Pittsburgh truly special only hours after arriving here.

See also: WDUQ, James Street Tavern, Shadow Lounge, Graffiti, Your Inner Vagabond, Tele Ropa, 9th St, Lava Lounge, etal.

I’m humbled to see that despite these difficult and chronic setbacks, some truly exceptional artists and organizers such as Justin Strong, Roger Humphries Sr,Christiane Dolores, Geña Música, Ben Opie, Mandy L Kivowitz-Delfaver, Manny Theiner, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, George C. Jones, Chris Ivey, Chris Belin, Dwayne Dolphin, Ketan Bakrania, Tony Moad, Paul Thompson, Sean Jones, Lou Stellute,Dana Cannone, Howie Alexander, Mark Tamsula, John Roman, Tommy Amoeba, Joe Serkoch, Katabu Masudi, Weird Paul, Jim Canfield, Adam Kroloff, Ron Buchanan,Cindy Harris, Jeffrey Schreckengost, Otis Driftwood, Miguel Sague III, and Herman Soy Sos Pearl continue to find ways to revitalize their own creativity, and find new and innovative ways to add something substantial to Pittsburgh culture. I feel thankful, and I want you all to know you are all loved and would leave a sizable hole in my heart if you ever threw in the towel.

(Please forgive me: I’m sure to have left out many others who have lent me their kindness, inspiration and drive.)

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