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 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Canção da noite_Sidnei Piedade

Night falls caliente in a moonlit dreams and legends, come to spread the roads and lace ... where the sea sobs hoarse and trembling in the twilight of nature. My imagination then revive a dream of purity ... I feel this emotion fills my thoughts reflected within my soul. Corro impatiently to the window ... look at the night where the wind is released and rises, where the trees arrepela. Shines the lunar disk where the soul is playing serenades target… Continue

Added by Sidnei Piedade on January 27, 2010 at 8:06pm — No Comments

How to Fix a Broken Xbox 360

Although the Xbox 360 is an excellent console, with powerful graphics and a good selection of games. Today you're going to learn the basics of xbox 360 repair and copy xbox 360 games. XBox is still prone to one problem - the red ring of death, This is caused by various hardware errors such as a loose graphics… Continue

Added by Jacqueline on January 27, 2010 at 6:56am — No Comments


Dear Friends and Members: I have just been informed of some very good news from Tamm E. Hunt, Founder/host of our sister network The Global Jazz Network (TGJN) as follows: FYI! as some of you remember the TGJN JAZZBLAST! to help Hard Bop piano legend, 81 years young Freddie Redd has circulated the Globe and come back home to settle a need. Wendy Oxenhorn of The Jazz Foundation of America for stepping up to the plate and making a commitment to… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 26, 2010 at 2:30am — 7 Comments

Art in the Park.

Evening all,

I sent out a survey titled ,”A question” For those that did not receive it, I asked if anyone would be interested in a; outdoor, two day, cultural exhibit for visual ,musical and literary artists.

We have received word that The Connellsville Cultural trust (1) sat a date for June 26th - 27th 2010/ 12-5pm

The exhibit’s intent is to expose the public to the culture ,and talents of this region . Along with the artist exhibit, the sponsors (The Connellsville… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on January 26, 2010 at 1:07am — No Comments

Please vote for Women in Jazz Inc so that we may continue LADY GOT CHOPS FESTIVAL.We lost our venue.

assisted the 7th Annual LADY GOT CHOPS WOMEN'S MONTH JAZZ FESTIVAL as conduit of funding to offset the performance fees of the Ladies performing in the festival which had been held at the now defunct JAZZ SPOT in Brooklyn.The club owner/festival co-producer prior to this arrangement had paid all artists from the door and food sales. There was no alcohol license.With assistance from Chase we can continue in a new location. We hope to utilize either of… Continue

Added by Kim Clarke on January 24, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Welcome to CologneJazzArt -The Global Network of Artists and Friends

Let me invite you to the wonderful world of Jazz and Art !

CologneJazzArt is a new global Network for Artists (painter,musicians & more) and also for all Friend`s of Jazz & Art , Get inspirated of the wonderful paintings and the great music of our Artists !

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I`m a sax-player and grow up with the music of Miles Davis & John Coltrane !

But I love all music and I´m very glad that so many fine musicians joined CologneJazzArt… Continue

Added by Schrubbel on January 23, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments



proudly presents

The 8th Annual LADY GOT CHOPS Women's Month Jazz Festival

* please note current venues-sadly the Jazz Spot is closed permanently.

Thank You Lillithe and Tiecha for your faith,hospitality,creativity enthusiasm and cooperation

MARCH 2010

March 5th

Adela Dalto y Las Mujeres Latinas @ , Lucy "Scooter"Lantigua-bass Adela Dalto- leader/vox Rosie Rex-drums Flor Fitzgerald-keys the Zinc Bar 82 west 3rd street bet… Continue

Added by Kim Clarke on January 23, 2010 at 12:56am — No Comments

Local Musicians Band together to Raise Money for Haitian Earthquake Victims

Event Details

What: Pittsburgh Bands Together

Featuring: Muddy Kreek Blues Band, The Real Deal Band, Freedom, Jimmy Ponder,

Patty Spadaro Band, Johnnie and Mustangs, Man in the Street, and more …

When: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 8:00 pm to 2:00 am

Where: Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall

510 East 10th Avenue | Munhall, Pennsylvania 15120 | Phone: 412-462-3444

Ticket Info: $10 – with a donation of 2 bags of… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2010 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

Relief for Haiti Part 2

It’s only been 24 hours since our press release: "Relief for Haiti" and the project seems to be falling in place I have done the artwork myself I wanted to keep the cover art and album title simple. “Songs For Haiti” The CD will be available through CDbaby and its affiliates like Amazon itunes emusic and so on in the coming weeks. Proceeds to go charity to help the victims of Haiti A promotional video is also in the works and is once again being… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on January 15, 2010 at 10:33pm — No Comments

challenges for independents

Making a living as an independent jazz musician can be difficult. You have to cover your own Health Insurance and retirement, while getting your bills paid. Would you guys recommend another option, like an HSA?

With health care reform on the horizon, there may be more options, but for now, I would… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on January 11, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Music is Therapy

My parent had an angioplasty last year. It has been hard to get medical travel insurance. Using our health savings account has helped but it still a hectic time in our lives. So with all of that, it is a very… Continue

Added by lee w on January 9, 2010 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Obituary: Maisha Baton / Nurturing poet, playwright, therapist and teacher

Dr. Maisha Baton [July 2, 1938 - Dec. 27, 2009]

Friday, January 01, 2010

By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A poet, playwright, therapist and teacher, Maisha Baton had the gift of making connections that nurtured a host of artists and activists. The only female to perform with the Centre Avenue Poets Theater workshop -- and the last of them -- Dr. Baton died Sunday. She was 71.

Diagnosed with lung cancer in February, she spent her… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 2, 2010 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

Pianist Extraordinaire John D'Amico joined the ancestors on January 1, 2010

"It is with great sadness that I tell you my dear friend of 45 years, John Damico, passed away this morning at 11:35 AM. John was a giant of a person, a man of great faith and tenacity who fought a good fight with cancer these past 5 years. His suffering is over now, and I know he is at peace with his Lord.

I spoke with Donna just a little while ago - she said the funeral will likely be at Slater's in Greentree, but didn't know when. Our prayers are with Donna, the boys, and…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 2, 2010 at 9:55pm — 5 Comments

iso singer

Just moved from NYC and am looking for a singer to complete our act-- an old-style vocal duet-- for gigs in and around the Pgh area.

Added by ian kane on January 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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