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

March 2009 Blog Posts (44)


By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 20, 2009

With an increasing number of local entertainers becoming more caring and reaching out to the less fortunate among their fellowmen, recording artiste, vocalist/musician and producer Benjy Myaz once more strikes the right chord.

Myaz.... it's within my mission statement to help autistic kids in Jamaica, those talented ones

Joining the growing list of Jamaican artistes who are a part of the trend of going beyond… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on March 31, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

National Jazz Workshop

I just saw this information and wanted to pass it on.



The National Jazz Workshop 2009

Sunday 19 July - Friday 24 July

Shenandoah University located in Winchester, VA.

Offering three tracks of study, this innovative and inexpensive jazz workshop meets the needs of students ages 13 and up, educators, and professionals alike. With a core faculty from The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, participants of all levels will have the option to… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on March 30, 2009 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Concert with Trinity Jazz Orchestra featuring Steve Hawk!

Concert Friday April 6, 2009 7:00 p.m.

Check out

See you there!

Added by Terrence on March 30, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Go To

Think of the possibilities

Added by Jere B on March 30, 2009 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Visual art, music unite in 'Seeing Jazz'

Jazz will be the soundtrack for art, literature and Black History Month this evening at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in the North Side.

Taken together, the music and the images will provide "jazz you can see and art you can hear," says Marty Ashby, program director at the Guild.

The event is a reception for artists of works in the "Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters" exhibit now on display at the Guild's Connie Kerr Gallery and the North Lobby.

The… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 29, 2009 at 8:21pm — No Comments

A mile a minute.

A mile a minute (Monday morning discussion with the son)

Hi, good morning and a howdy good day.

How was your slumber how was the rest.

Green red or blue ~I’m thinking of a number?

Wow look at the squirrel on the fence.

I pick red as my favorite color .

What ? The number, why its 4 of course.

Hay dad, I mean mom, sorry, can I fly if my arms go like this?

I would like over-easy they taste the best.

Boy I’m tired I could go back to… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on March 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Eric Johnson has released 'Supahighway'

here's some links : Clarion Jazz
Eric Johnson
Itunes or just google "Eric Johnson Jazz"

Added by Dan Wasson on March 28, 2009 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians April 3 – 5, 2009 In Downtown Monterey 57 Big Bands, Combos, And Vocal Ensembles From 6 States Compete For Spot On MJF Stages 47 Bands From 14 Counties In California Are Finalists Special Appearances By Student Groups From Japan and England Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Members Saxophonist Sherman Irby And Trumpeter Sean Jones Are Artists-In-Residence During… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:56am — No Comments

Miles Davis 1987 Gig Released on DVD

Miles Davis’ 1987 concert in Munich is being released on DVD as That’s What Happened: Live In Germany (Eagle Rock Entertainment) on April 28. The 90-minutes of concert footage features staples from Davis’ late ’80s concert repertoire, including his takes on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Other tracks include the “One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened” medley, “New Blues,” “Tutu” and “Portia.”… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

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Complete the following form and join over 30 million satisfied members enjoying our superior downloading software, linked to the largest networks on the planet! You get unlimited access 24 hours a day!… Continue

Added by Karoly Domonyi on March 28, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

Jazz and Poetry

Allana Madyun, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an actress, educator, motivational speaker and interpretive Dancer. But writing and poetry is what truly moves her. Always advancing artistically, Allana is ready and willing to share her poetry and writings with the world. --------------------------------------------------------- Rob Juice, from Chicago, Illinois, started playing the trumpet and writing music in the 7th grade. Juice fell in love with music… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on March 28, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

BIG NEWS! Musique Noire Nominated for THREE Detroit Music Awards!

Hello all,

We just received word that we've been nominated for the following 2009 Detroit Music Awards:

Outstanding Jazz Recording: "Good Hair"

Outstanding World Artist/Group

And our own JoVia Armstrong has been nominated as:

Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist

We are very excited that our work is being recognized. If you are a member of the Detroit Music Awards, please consider a vote for Musique Noire!

The… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on March 28, 2009 at 12:09am — No Comments

Open Pantry

Those of you of a certain age who are natives of the Mon Valley will remember when we didn't have GetGo or Sheetz, or even 7-Eleven in most of the area. (I can think of only a handful until recently, when 7-Eleven took over a bunch of locations from other companies.) We had "Stop-N-Go," "Open Pantry," "Spee-D Mart," "Clover Farm Stores" and even a few "Li'l General" stores. The Clover Farms were little full-service supermarkets. I can remember two… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 5:11am — No Comments

The Negro

The Negro

With the trumpet at his lips

Has dark moons of weariness

Beneath his eyes

Where the smoldering memory

Of slave ships

Blazed to the crack of whips

About his thighs...

The music

From the trumpet at his lips

Is honey

Mixed with fire.

The rhythm

From the trumpet at his lips

Is ecstasy

Distilled from old… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments



The prosperity of Pittsburgh’s jazz scene continued through the early and mid 1960s. This prosperity was augmented by the beginnings of a more visible jazz recording industry, spearheaded almost single-handedly by the Gateway label. Jazz on Gateway was actually a relatively small portion of the label’s output, as the company issued records in many genres, most notably Eastern European folk music through an extended series of… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 3:07am — No Comments

Dawn Law

Betters brings sweet sounds to museum


Monday, February 21, 2005

About the writer

Dawn Law is a stringer for the Tribune-Review.

If you can feel the music, then it is real.

During Harold Betters' five decades in the music business, he has appeared on television, played from the Apollo to the Super Bowl and made numerous recordings that can be heard on jazz radio.

Betters has worked with Slide… Continue

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 2:53am — No Comments

Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

Fine swing and big band trombonist, well schooled in all the tricks of the trade, among them vocal effects, flashy phrasing and rapid-fire lines. He was also an excellent section player, and handled bop as well. Betters recorded a number of albums in the early and mid-'60s, one a surprising two-trombone date with Slide Hampton in 1965. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

Added by Harold Betters on March 27, 2009 at 2:27am — No Comments

chuck austin

had valve replacement surgery yesterday....please keep him in your thoughts....he is in the V.A. hospital

Added by bob studebaker on March 26, 2009 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

Musique Noire House Concert Postponed

The June 5 House Concert featuring Musique Noire has been postponed. The homeowner received a work assignment overseas. She is still anxious to have the concert, so stay tuned for a rescheduled date!

Added by Musique Noire on March 23, 2009 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Jazz Enthusiest

Hi Kennard Williams, I am the brother of your School chum, Susan (Carroll) Patterson 1963 Class of Schenley and I have been a Jazz Fiend for over 50 years and sorry to see the old Jazz clubs closed in Pittsburgh, but I know you are doing your best to keep it going on. I noticed that you didn't mention the number one Jazz Hammond organist Gene Ludwig and I think he is one of the greatest Jazz organ players. Later, Mohammad Abdul-Aziz

Added by Mohammad Abdulaziz on March 23, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

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