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

April 2009 Blog Posts (28)

the Devil himself could never steal.

Did I ever tell you of my experience with an evil apparition, a specter, a demon, a ghost?

A many decades have gone by, yet it is as if it happened the night before last.

A young son I was, no more then ten. Such a strong child I was, fearful of nothing, as long as I was by my mother’s hand.

We lived in the country, on a road all by ourselves.

Vacant of life, void of expression.

Nothing to watch from my crooked porch, but for the Osage posts disappearing into the… Continue

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

Inspirosity Gallery presents VITA, a solo show of art works by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas

VITA, a comprehensive show and sale of art works in a variety of media by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglaswill be presented by Inspirosity Art Gallery, 594 3rd St., Beaver, PA, with a gala opening reception on May 16, 8 pm. You are cordially invited to make this premiere event the centerpiece of that weekend.

Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 27, 2009 at 11:14pm — No Comments


Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for

2009-2010 PJS / BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 1 for the 2009 Pittsburgh Jazz Society/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. The recipient of the one-year, $5,000 award will be selected by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators on the basis of musical interest and ability as demonstrated by an application and audition tape that includes samplings of various… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 25, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments


I have written and produced a song which honors Mothers Day. It is my hope that all Pittsburgh Jazz Network members will take the time to download this song to your pages, and share it with your children, families and friends. There is no charge; it is my gift to you regarding this important day.



Added by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Pioneering Booking Agent Ruth Bowen Passes


Entertainment Business Leader Broke Race and Gender BarriersRepresenting Music Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr. andOthers

Press Release For Immediate Release

(New York, NY - April 23, 2009) - Ruth Bowen, founder of The BowenAgency Ltd., passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in New York Cityafter battling a brain tumor. Bowen was the first black female booking agent and… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 24, 2009 at 2:36am — No Comments

William L. "Speigal" Gay passes at age 57

On April 18, 2009, William, age 57, of Pittsburgh. Beloved husband of Judith A. Baronio-Gay; father of Adora C. Gay; grandfather of Doricka D., Tyrone R., Mahogany E., Chanelle M. and Jemel A.; brother of Pastor Gary R. Gay and Gerald Gay; nephew of Nelda Stokes and Florence Nelson; also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church, Sixth St., Braddock, where the funeral service will be… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 23, 2009 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Artists Talk at "Re-Instrumentation" Exhibit, Moxie Dada Gallery

Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas, Thomas Brunger and Shannon Kuhns will discuss their work, sculptures made from discarded parts of musical instruments, on Saturday, April 25 at 4 pm. Would love to see anyone who has the time and inclination to participate in bringing this month-long show to a great close. MoxieDada is located in the Old Fire House at 1416 Arch St., NorthSide Pittsburgh

Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Don't worry about the naysayers and those who try to put you down.....Do what you do best

And actually folks that is a blunt as I can make it without naming names. Many musicians and fans ALWAYS come to me to complain about who did what to them, the lack of respect of them , the lack of gigs for them, the absence of people at the gig, why we don't see certain artists come to town, seeing the same old faces playing around, no music in a certain part of town, etc, etc, and double etc.

Aren't you surprised I haven't lost my mind after all these years?

Well...I… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 18, 2009 at 6:27pm — No Comments

A Jones for Music - SEAN JONES

Printed from the Pittsburgh City Paper website: POSTED ON APRIL 16, 2009:

URL for this story: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws By Mike Shanley "Caravan" is the kind of song that can start a fire at a jam session. Over the years, drummers have played the Duke Ellington tune with a pile-driving rhythm, the tension breaking for a brief moment… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 17, 2009 at 6:22am — 3 Comments

New group

I'm forming a new limitless jazz fusion group. The current line up consists of myself on drums, a bass and a guitar.

We're seeking a strong piano/key player with an aptitude for both writing and improvisation.

And.. A female vocalist

Many many influences: Christian McBride, The Bad Plus, Matthew Garrison, Stefon Harris, Roger Humphries/RH well as other genres.

This project could and probably will head in any and all directions... jazz, nu/jazz,… Continue

Added by Adam Henderson on April 17, 2009 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

In clude Me

Since clairvoyancy is not one of my talents, I would appreciate if when there is an event to rememb er me, I sing, play keys and key bass and ain't bad looking to boot

Added by Anne Annie Friedland on April 10, 2009 at 4:11am — No Comments

NEW SONG,"AMAZING" by Fabian-produced by Dr.Leo Casino

Please check out this newsong and artist on the Casino Bros. record label.Produced by Leo and I played the saxella .

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on April 10, 2009 at 3:46am — No Comments

Campos, Inc./VO!CE of the Region Survey - Greater Pittsburgh Area Social Networking Report

One of the most popular and fastest growing methods of communication on the Internet is social networking. Simply, social networking sites are online communities of people from all over the world who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Many of these sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, have a very wide target audience, while others, such as LinkedIn, are tailored to a specific audience segment. To this end,… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 9, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Jody Jaress in "Chain Link" award winning film now available on DVD!!

Hello my new PJN friends!! I don't know if this is 'where' I would post a shameful plug or not. I'm new to these sites. I hope it's okay...and sorry it's not music oriented, but .... If you haven't seen this award winning film, "CHAIN LINK" starring Mark Irvingsen,

Jody Jaress, Jim Storm, and many other amazing actors, now you can!! Our theatrical run in LA, NY, Philly, Arizona, Florida, etc. is over and now "CHAIN LINK" will be available on DVD!! Rent, buy... pick up or… Continue

Added by Jody Jaress on April 8, 2009 at 8:13am — No Comments


In an era of world music, it is imperative that America's most important cultural contribution to the world… Jazz music… be preserved, taught, expounded, developed and commemorated. We have dedicated ourselves toward to recreating a physical and virtual context within which the above purpose can be fulfilled in Pittsburgh, one of the most fertile breeding grounds for icons of the culture. A state-of-the-art space of historical or… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 8, 2009 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

'Betto Debuts at IAJE Convention in NYC

'Betto Debuts at IAJE Convention Trombonist Nelson Harrison Unveils His Icon At

Web/Tech News Posted: 2007-01-11


San Francisco Bay design firm, imajinnWEST and Pittsburgh native, Dr. Nelson Harrison have given 'birth' and the coming out party is the International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention in NY this week. 'Betto is the alter ego designed by Principle Djinn Carl Lewis and spawned by the veteran trombonist of the Count… Continue

Added by Bettoman on April 7, 2009 at 12:40am — No Comments

The Next Page: Pittsburgh's jazz mystique -- the next generation steps up *

Dwayne Dolphin, Howie Alexander and Sean Jones -- three jazz artists tending the Pittsburgh flame

Sunday, April 05, 2009

By Steve Hallock

Stacy Innerst

The house band at CJ's in the Strip District had just finished off a rousing "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" to whoops from the packed room at a recent Thursday night jam session. Roger Humphries turned over his drum set to a reedy kid named Joey Sailor as the musicians launched Miles Davis' "So… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 5, 2009 at 8:39pm — 2 Comments

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF HENRY LOUIS BELCHER - January 15, 1915 - April 1, 2009

Henry "Bel" Belcher - "Cotton Picker & Dancin' Demon"

Obituary by Evan Frazier, nephew

Henry Louis Belcher, the son of the late Louis Belcher and Ethel Belcher.(Frazier), passed quietly on April 1, 2009. He was born on January 15, 1915 on "Old Man William's Plantation in Pendelton, South Carolina. Henry and his family migrated to the Hill District area of… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 4, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Saturday Daily News Article about network, events


Network keeps Pittsburgh’s music legacy alive

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer

Now that April is here, the question is what to do for Jazz Appreciation Month.

You could travel to the Smithsonian Institution, (which designated the month-long observance), in Washington, D.C., or any city that comes to mind when thinking of jazz, such as New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, L.A. or New York.

That would be sort of silly,… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on April 4, 2009 at 7:29pm — 4 Comments

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