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.






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May 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Tonight at Little E's! Next week in Asheville, NC!

Sorry for the late notice, it's been a beautifully busy week! Christiane's music debut at the August Wilson Center was fierce and flawless, we packed the room! I remembered all my harmonies! Christiane was an elemental force! The band kicked it so hard I almost fell off! The weekend previous was spent with The Cadillac Creeps, Damien Youth, Hellga of the…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 27, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Max Adkins

Does anyone have any info on Max Adkins. He is mentioned prominently in Henry Mancini's biography but I've found very little else. I'm looking for any info at where he was born, where he studied and whether or not he was married,...had kids,...and any definite connections to Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn or any one else



Added by bob studebaker on May 18, 2011 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

Just Back

We just got back from doing several road gigs with Ronnie Laws and the shows were killin'. For those coming to the show tonight, you are really in for a treat. See you later tonight!!!!!!!!


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on May 14, 2011 at 4:31pm — No Comments

question on what ever happened to....

What ever happened to the Steel City Stompers.  Not quite in the jazz genre, but I used to go to Bimbo's out in south Hills where they had a regular gig.  My memory of the names may be cloudy but I remember the duo as Ross Thorn and Jimmy Candles.


Thanks for any info.



Added by David Breyer on May 12, 2011 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

The Coventry Lions Club To Host 2011 Chester County Blues Barbeque on June 4

Coventry, PA -  The Coventry Lions Club will host the 2011 Chester County Blues Barbeque on June 4, 2 to 7 p.m. at Wyndsor Farm in Elverson to support its scholarship and outreach programs. The family-oriented event will feature three notable blues bands from the area in a spacious and scenic setting, with food and drinks available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The Barbecue will be held rain or shine as Wyndsor Farm has a large indoor…


Added by CHC Network on May 12, 2011 at 1:13am — No Comments

Books, Burlesque and More!

Who loves the written word or a pair of pasties more than me? If you like the turning of a page or a shimmy and a shake, you should totally make it to both my shows this weekend.... If you don't like these things, I don't know how exactly you ended up on this list, or reading this blog, but I'm happy you are here, and hope we at Phat Man Dee Productions may enlighten you to the beauty of flesh and language.

This Friday May 13th I am emceeing…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 11, 2011 at 11:38pm — No Comments

jazz in Pgh and failure of news media to offer coverage

I visited the August Wilson culture centre last nite and caught Grady Tate.  He scatted his can off.  A consumate musician. 

Impressions? (personal)...Humphries on tubs was his usual driving, tasty percussionist.  The best in town.  Paul Thompson really blew.  I mean, fine changes, great time and...lots of heart.  A quality all too absent today.  Blake on Alto was solid.  He's dependable...usually brings "something to the table"  The lady from N Y C, on piano, did a creditable job. …


Added by Don Cerminara on May 9, 2011 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

The Doug Jackson Concert

The Doug Jackson Concert 

Two huge shows at Denver's Famous Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater,2000.

Added by Doug Jackson on May 8, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Tonight is Cinco de Mayo Eve! Animal Friends Benefit at Diesel!

Friends, Romans, Yinzers! I entreat you to celebrate your Latin American heritage, or if you are like me, celebrate the heritage of the Latin Americans around you! Sorry for the late notice but I just got a call to sing as opening act for Pittsburgh's longest running Latin Dance Band, Guaracha! Tonight at Shadow Lounge I am singing this evening May 4, 2011 from about 9:30 - 10:15 pm as the opening act for Guaracha Latin Dance Band's Fiesta Wednesdays!…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 4, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Thank you Pittsburgh!!










  I would like to thank everyone that came out to Saturday's show!! Once again it was packed 

  and jumpin'. I would like to thank Cafe Notte for working closely with us to pull off these  great shows. We look forward to seeing you guys again in June. You can catch the Excursion…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on May 2, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

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