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

July 2010 Blog Posts (10)


As I sit here in the early hours of the morning I still can't get over the passing of my close friend and bandmate Richard "Dick" Vitalie. Yes folks I am a musician as well but I don't sit in as a vocalist or percussionist with folks here for many reasons. Lack of talent is definately not one of them. His going home service is today.

I was a member of Stick Against Stone back in the early 80's while I took a short leave from WYEP. I was…


Added by Kevin Amos on July 24, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments


For those you who might know yet know, but there was a passing of yet another local musican. I'm talking about the piano player, Lenny Glick. If any of you knew him or worked with him, I bet it would make his family and other friends who read any posting you might make on his Obituary…


Added by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on July 20, 2010 at 12:25am — 2 Comments

The Day the Earth Stood Still..... when I found out Gene Ludwig passed

It felt like the earth stood still... (if only for a few seconds), when I found out Gene Ludwig passed away. I have performed with him on many occasions, starting way back when. One of my most memorable gigs was with Gene, Jimmy Ponder and Hank Crawford.

I had just spoken to Gene on the phone month or so ago. We talked about getting together again (I live in Columbus OH) ... didn't know that would be the last time I we said good bye to each other.... man will he be missed.

Added by Cecilio Valdez Washington on July 17, 2010 at 1:54am — No Comments

Frank Wible

I've heard that Frank Wible has passed, any one heard anything?

Added by Dan Wasson on July 17, 2010 at 1:01am — 4 Comments

Singing at Bridge City Bombshells Birthday Bash, and Summerfest at Brushwood!

Mi amigos! Mi companeros!

It has been a beautifully thick summer friends. So many beautiful people doing so many strange and wonderful things in my life. I tell you, X Day at Brushwood was like a dream. A nightmare actually,

wherein I had been promised salvation for a mere $30 or triple my $$ back, but the Aliens never came, not even with that durned Rupture forwarding app I bought for my Blackberry...... Though, Jeff at Starwood postulated that in 1998 the Aliens DID come… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on July 16, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments

We'll all miss Gene Ludwig

Losing people we love is hard, no matter how you look at it. Time eases the pain but the longing to hear their voice and see their smile again can remind you of how much you cherished their friendship. Being able to hear the music they created and performed can help us heal the loss we feel. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so make and create all the music you can for generations to hear and feel the…


Added by Michele Bensen on July 16, 2010 at 1:51am — 2 Comments

Gene Ludwig

So sorry to learn about Gene's passing. We just saw Gene and Pattye at Bob Porter's 70th. He was telling us great stories about recording at Van Gelder's and other tales from his career.…


Added by Jim Eigo on July 15, 2010 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

Stan Gilmer appearance @ Jim Rouse Theatre Columbia, Md with the Columbia Pops Orchestra

Stan Gilmer appearance:

Added by Stan Gilmer on July 9, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

SWING'S THE THING - February 10, 1957 Pittsburgh Press Article about Pittsburgh Musicians

Do the names George Zinsser, Buzzy Wren, Hershey Cohen and Jim Tucci sound familiar? The following article will shed some historical light on these important Pittsburgh musicians.


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 6, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

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