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

January 2009 Blog Posts (28)

Alan Bargebuhr - Cadence Magazine Review – December, 2000

"What's in Store? - Jessie Wills, Canary Label, 1999

“In Jessie Wills, we find straight forward simplicity of style and an openness of voice that is both sanguine and sweet. It is her “Thousand Eyes” that is the preeminent version of the three (I reviewed this time) with some astoundingly linear tuba playing by Jim Self. When Wills scats against his melodic burrowing, there is something metaphysical in the air. Frank Rosolino’s "Daniel" hits a… Continue

Added by Jessie Wills on January 10, 2009 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

MUSICWOMAN LIVE! Radio Show and books by Joan Cartwright

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! -- Diva JC

Historically, women have been left out of his-story. My books emphasize the contribution women have made in the field of jazz and blues. Visit my site and check out JAZZWOMEN in the links. Also, see my books at …


Added by Diva JC on January 7, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Some Of My Picks For 2008


Ok are some of the best perfomances I saw or almost saw this past year.

I say almost because I was in the press room with Bob Davis and T Watts when Surgar Pie Desanto gave her kick a** perfomance at the Kimmel Center during the R&B Foundation Pioneer Awards. We could not see the monitors well but with flips on the stage and that knockout voice, she was someone who really "stole the show".

Other picks:

Maceo Parker at the… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on January 6, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

Help get Joan's books in your library

7th book, #6 published in 2008 ------------- 6th book, #5 published in 2008

How you can help

Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright ISBN:… Continue

Added by Diva JC on January 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments


Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Faithful Central Church Tabernacle
321 W. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, Ca. 90301

Viewing............ 11:00 AM
Funeral............. 1:00 PM

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 4, 2009 at 1:16am — No Comments

Why Music?

Interesting reading



Why music? Dec 18th 2008>

From The Economist print edition

Biologists are addressing one of humanity’s strangest attributes, its all-singing, all-dancing culture“IF MUSIC be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” And if not? Well, what exactly is it for? The production and consumption of music is a big part of… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on January 2, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Xylophone For Sale

Anyone interested in a xylophone at half price original price $1,495.00 contact Jon Armes at 412-537-3231 or leave a message on my page

Added by jon armes on January 1, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments


To all our dear Pittsburgh Jazz friends,


you so much for an incredible year--a new CD, the wonderful CD Release

Party, and the increasing recognition that we are getting for our

music. We couldn't have done it without your continuing support and

encouragement. We hope to make it to Pittsburgh soon!

We hope you have a wonderful, safe, blessed holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our events in the New… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on January 1, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

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