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

October 2009 Blog Posts (17)

RIP Fish

I just recieved word of the transition of Pittsburgh saxophonist Kenny 'Fish' Fisher. I have known fish for over thirty years, meeting him as a child taking lessons at the Homewood-Brushton Jazz Workshop. I later studied with him as he gave improvisation lessons at the Homewood Carnegie Library.

Fish was an excellent player, respected and liked by everyone. As a young man he got to practice with John Coltrane while he was in Pittsburgh on a date at the Crawford Grill. He was also a… Continue

Added by TLed on October 28, 2009 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

Standy Staley

I want to tell the organizers and everyone that attended Sandy;s memorial service tonite, that I am very sorry I could not attend.,.

I have been battling a stomach virus all weekend and today was the worst day. I wanted to spare all that attended my germs!!!!

I am,however very sad at the loss of a fantastic musician and great friend. Sandy was sure a pioneer for women in jazz and I thank her for that.

I know wherever she goes, she will carry on a legacy of truly… Continue

Added by Anne Annie Friedland on October 27, 2009 at 1:26am — 1 Comment

Did you know that Kevin Amos does Event management and promotion?

I can plan, produce and promote your next event. I can also market you to a wider audience. I will taylor something to suit your budget to help bring you better results than what you are currently experiencing. Of course this is a service that I do not provide for free. Over 20 years of experience with well documented results.

Right now I am seeking Jazz musicians who want to work in a small intimate venue (25-75 people) as a way to create revenue for yourself. Interested? Email me… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on October 20, 2009 at 2:25am — No Comments

Creating opportunities

Kevin Amos is seeking artists who want to do revenue sharing and work in a small intimate venue (25-75 capacity). Serious inquiries only. Call 412-818-3789 or email me at

Added by Kevin Amos on October 20, 2009 at 2:23am — No Comments

I believe, therefore, I understand.

Plunked into the pot with my perceptive care, I gave you a home, but you do not fair.

I toss about this and I toss about that, productive for life, making you grow nice and fat.

Not you, disgrace, for you have lost your place. Up! Up you must fill this vase.

I blame you for this natural crime, how have you not grown one single tine.

Why, it is your nature to bloom , to treat me unto your delight. Not you, I ,offered your ugly blight.

Never,… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on October 15, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

A Salute


Old Guard to my pride, are your days growing late?

Silver has replaced that blackened muzzle; this is life’s humorous fate.

A bag O' bones, a shell of the hull. …

I am sure I can remember back O’ so many waning moons ago. I recall the attitude of your warning, alerted fur on hunched shoulder row.

Your color so brilliant, as like the Osage split up the center, Youthfully dense your mane, and menacing as nature… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on October 15, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Why your business needs the essence of a distinctive corporate identity?

Did you ever think why the company media representatives and the brand equity managers keep staking and lay emphasis about the essentiality of owning a professional logo design to march on? Is the build up of hype about having custom design logo warranted?

It sounds pretty much explainable, doesn’t it? A logo of a company is the character of the organization which marks its unique identity. There are many competitors of your business around you very near but what really signifies you… Continue

Added by Kathy Maxwelll on October 15, 2009 at 4:43am — 1 Comment

What would happen if Kevin Amos suddenly dissapeared from the music scene?

I know..I know. Some of you are saying good riddence.

But seriously...what do you think would happen after being on the air for 31 years?

Don't be afraid to answer. I 'm dying to see your comments.

Added by Kevin Amos on October 14, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

New Media (Actual Jazz related about that!)

Eight Million YouTube Views and a Sonny Rollins iPhone App

Bret Primack is pleased to report that his YouTube Jazz Video Guy channel has passed eight million views and that he’s just released a Sonny Rollins iPhone App. On the cutting edge of technology and music since he co-founded Jazz Central Station the first major Jazz website in 1994, Bret is an advocate for utilizing new media as marketing and distribution tool for Jazz. “To reach new listeners," Bret believes, "and… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on October 14, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

WAZZUP with term-paper-writing-help blogs???? And "Julia" don't look like no girl.....

Does anybody else get the feeling that our jazz network is being plotted by some international blog writing esapade? If you are unsure, just check out the latest blog by "Julia" who looks strangely more like "Joey." Then read over the last month's blogs and you'll know what I mean.

Hey, if people want to try and make some money writing, why not offer jazz Bio's, which I can certainly help with, as I've been a professional freelance writer for over a decade in Pittsburgh; currently, I… Continue

Added by jackie day on October 14, 2009 at 2:55am — No Comments

One Fashion Place Digital Magazine

Magazine E-Blast (1st Wk of every month includes Cover/Features/Xtras)

$250-Cover & Feature (includes 2 pages writeup w/photos, links, prices, etc.)

$150- Video Business Profile/60 sec,; extended Commercial 2 mins.-$250

$75- Ad in the Blast (includes image, link, 4 lines)

$75-Video Personal Profile/45 sec. (for models, writers, artisit, actors, etc)

$45-Product (per product to be sold as Catalog item, 3 items for $100, includes link or Paypal Button,… Continue

Added by Samantha Phillips on October 14, 2009 at 2:38am — 1 Comment


Arthur (Art) Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, he was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was (and remains) profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band the Jazz Messengers included… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 11, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Harry Connick Jr. Down under

Check out this video folks and give us your… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on October 9, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Sean Jones Resurrects Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 By Rick Nowlin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lake Fong/Post-Gazette Trumpeter Sean Jones: "It's important for me to let Pittsburgh know, 'This is your orchestra.' " One might call the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra the "house band" for Heinz Hall. Sean Jones is trying to make the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra the "house band" for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The trumpeter and Duquesne University faculty… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 8, 2009 at 3:14am — 1 Comment

Fridays Open Stage @ Max's Ratskeller

All I can say is...WOW!

Ok, you twisted my arm, I can say this, too: not only was the houseband rockin, but every group, singer, musician that was welcomed on stage created an unparalleled energy that I've yet to experience in the 'Burgh.

This newly organized jam session is the spawn of drummer David Yoho who is not only an incredible musician but a humble musical jam host.

Chizmo (I think is how you spell his name), on lead vocals, included the audience into… Continue

Added by jackie day on October 3, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Rant and Rave Emporium

Come Discuss Debate and Defend your favorite topic.

Visit The Rant and Rave… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on October 3, 2009 at 8:15am — No Comments


We are happy to announce that André Henriquez is Melodic Revolution Records Artist of the month. Let me tell you it was a tough race as I was tracking the voting every couple of hours. We would like to thank all of the artist and fans that participated in this poll. The contest is held each month at where we have a polling station set up. To qualify artist must… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on October 1, 2009 at 6:44pm — No Comments

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