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



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June 2009 Blog Posts (25)



June 30, 2009

Television Review | 'Nova: Musical Minds'


“Musical Minds,” the season premiere of “Nova” on PBS, is based on the neurologist Oliver Sacks’s most recent book, “Musicophilia,” a collection of case studies of people whose brains have unusual relationships to music, cases in which, as Dr. Sacks puts it, “music gets them going to an extraordinary degree.” A one-hour program can’t approach the depth and texture of… Continue

Added by Bettoman on June 30, 2009 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment



Michael, it's so hard to believe that I don't want to think one second that you left us alone. I know you can't do that. You just went back to JAH to whom you belong, take a little breath & keep on doing it. If we listen carefully to tha Mystic wind blowing in the air, we can listen & even see you. Stay Blessed & Loved for ever, my dear Brother. From the bottom of my…

Added by JO TONGO on June 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Master drummer Michael Carvin beats his path to greatness

Drummer Michael Carvin says there is no real mystery about why so many great drummers have come from Pittsburgh.

He looks at a hard-working city, where success is never guaranteed, and says that simply creates an attitude that demands a high level of effort.

"It wasn't that the city produced great drummers," he says. "Rather, they were simply great people who played drums."

Carvin, who runs the Michael Carvin School of Drumming in New York City, will be here…

Added by Jagsu on June 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Jazz Workshop, Inc. Article on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Website

Hi All,

There's a terrific video of Jazz Workshop, Inc.on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website.

Check it out!

Let me know what you think!

Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)

Added by Ed Skirtich on June 25, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments



Added by Anne Annie Friedland on June 23, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

Music samples for new group:

Music is slowly but surely coming along. Still in the search for a piano and vocalist for the new group.

We now have small snippets of music to check out for any interested musicians.

Go to:

Added by Adam Henderson on June 22, 2009 at 3:22am — No Comments

More Samples from In Colour (2009)


Embarcadero (Coordenadas polares)

Castillo Real… Continue

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on June 20, 2009 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

Roger Humphries

Artie and I went out to the new club, Melange, on 6th street downtown to listen to some music. We found out about the gig from Roger Humphries' website. Put your gigs on every website you can, you never know when I am coming out!

I am gonna tell you all drummer plays like Roger. He's the only one I know that can give you goosebumps listening to a drum solo!

It's amazing, and the rest of the band was great, too! We had a good time, and the music lifted my spirit… Continue

Added by Maryellen Hayden on June 20, 2009 at 6:16am — No Comments

Did You Hear What Michelle Obama Said?

Michelle Obama shared her love of jazz- she said Jazz was Democracy in Action. Each musician has freedom, but with responsibility to the group... check out msnbc for the little video I don't know how to post it.

Added by Maryellen Hayden on June 16, 2009 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Sadly we have lost another icon.... Dini Clarke passed away on June 14, in Los Angeles of heart failure

You'll be missed dear friend...

DiniClarke click on the link to read about Dini's life and accomplishments...
Thank you...
Look to your heart and find what you seek.

Added by Jody Jaress on June 16, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Are Jazz Musicians Willing to Leave This Earth Empty?

The Survival of Jazz, an interesting topic of sorts. I am located on the West Coast and I have quite frankly been doing a lot of soul searching in regards to this very topic. With the demise of radio stations that play jazz, whether it's Traditional or Contemporary, the economic boom, and all the other reasons to make one take note to the demise of Jazz. How is Jazz surviving? If one were to look at the recent closures of Jazz Festivals across the country, you would think that jazz fans would… Continue

Added by Living Legends JaZzabrations on June 14, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Free download of my new summer mix ...

Hey Pittsburgh Jazz Network. I uploaded a new mix last week. It's summer-themed and it's called The Kool-Aid Mix Vol. 1. Here goes more info:

For the most part this mix is kind of mellow/mid-tempo … definitely appropriate for the early hours of the cook out, or for when you’re chilling out and trying to enjoy the summer months. I had a lot of left over tracks and there’s lots of other tracks that I started coming up on once the mix was completed (some more obvious than others), so… Continue

Added by J. Malls on June 13, 2009 at 8:12pm — No Comments

URGENT-seeking 1980s hiphop artists

I am producing a video for the August Wilson Center and need to find the following folks to get their permission to use WQED's Black Horizons' performances....I would REALLY appreciate any info on any of them. Please email maiaharris@earthlink if you have any thoughts about anyone who knows how to get them now:

Tuffy Tuff

Kingsley Robonic Ticktockers

Bridge the Gap

some unidentified rappers, DJs, and breakdancers --i have posted a video of everyone. If you can watch the… Continue

Added by Maia Harris on June 13, 2009 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

$1.1 million stabilization of New Granada under way

By C. Denise Johnson | Published Yesterday | Metro | Unrated

C. Denise Johnson

Courier Staff Writer

$1.1 mil stabilization of New Granada under way

The highly-anticipated Pittsburgh marathon can’t hold a candle to the long distance quest to save the New Granada Theater.

Marimba Milliones, now executive director of the Hill District Community Development Corp., is heading the effort to resuscitate the New Granada. She believes “the New Granada… Continue

Added by Bettoman on June 12, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones

I'll be sure to post any and all Pittsburgh Jazz Network tones here--these are Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones. Check them out on my WordPress blog,

Locally Toned. Thanks, Nelson, for your contribution to my

public art/original ringtone creation… Continue

Added by T. Foley on June 12, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

AAMI Boys Choir Ringtones

Please check out the Afro-American Music Institute's Boys Choir Ringtones here. They are part of a public art/original ringtone creation project I'm doing. Many of the tones are "captured" as field recordings (as these were). The tones were produced and will be distributed for free. You can read more about my project in …


Added by T. Foley on June 12, 2009 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Fundraiser Planned for Chef Alfredo

Many of the folks here on the network know Chef Alfredo. He is a wonderful person and a close family friend.For the past few years he has called "Bistro To Go" his headquarters while contuning to do private catering, special events and setting up his stand on occasion at CITIPARKS Farmers Markets. You may or may not know that for a time Alfredo tried to run his business, Buckingham's Catering and Restaurant in the former Zebra Room location on Dallas Avenue in Homewood after relocating from… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on June 11, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Radio Stations

This was passed on to us from Patty Wilson of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.....

musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Radio Stations For Threatening Performers, Refusing to Run Ads and Misleading the Public Actions Violate Radio's Obligation to Serve the Public Interest, Calling Broadcast Licenses Into Question

Washington, DC - The musicFIRST Coalition (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) today , June 10, filed a formal request that the Federal Communications Commission… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on June 11, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments


We are approaching 1300 members and at our present rate of growth we will reach 2000 members by year end. We thank each of you for joining and giving this network a chance to demonstrate the collective and individual power of social networking for the benefit of the artistic community and its fans and consumers. Many of you have not ventured to explore the capabilities at your fingertips for various reasons and we encourage you to… Continue

Added by Bettoman on June 10, 2009 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Kurt Elling to Release New Live Album

Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman on June 23rd, Kurt Elling's eighth album and second release for Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 at the Allen Room in the Lincoln Center, New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The new 12-track release features an all-star cast of musicians including… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:40am — No Comments

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