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

November 2008 Blog Posts (9)

I missed you!! / PMD's Homecoming Tour December 2008

Sorry I disappeared there for a minute, I didn't really disappear you know, I actually was hiding in the hills of Northern California between the lighthouse and the redwoods, working on my new tunes. I did some wonderful gigs with some phenomenal players, my West Coast drummer Chris Campbell put together a great quartet for me, he actually met the piano player, Rich Cooper at a house party at Alice Walker's house. They played so well and though I did very much miss my players here, it was nice… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on November 28, 2008 at 10:48pm — No Comments


Great to be on Pittsburgh Jazz Network

Added by George Furlow on November 25, 2008 at 1:28am — No Comments


I was asked recently by a young musician how I could still make a living doing music after all these years. I thought about it and realized my secret to continue to gig 5,6 or9 tiumes a week. It was simple ,I give back. The more benefits and freebies I do, I more work I can get. To think about helping those that need a smile, a little hope and plenty love.

My cameraman ,producer for my film projects in Pittsburgh, Victor, one of the best in the world. He has worked Hollywood for… Continue

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on November 21, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Change is coming.

On the eve of Change.

At last, At last. At long last! Finally the people of this Great Nation are coming to bare wittiness to the unadulterated power we gave away to the few. Realizing this power has imposed a pain filled blow to the whole of our land. We have begun to awake, shaking off the drunken haziness like a bad dream that haunts our thoughts. The clear images of our selfishness have come to be realized. Now in this monumental storm we decide to fight and righteously so! We… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on November 17, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Musique Noire's Music is on Australian Internet Radio!

Musique Noire has been added to the playlist of the Fiesta Jazz show in Australia (an internet station affiliated with Australia's Progressive Broadcast Service). The show's DJ is Saul Zavarce. (

Here's a snapshot of the November 8 show. We're the fifth artist on the list!

Added by Musique Noire on November 12, 2008 at 6:57pm — No Comments

We Thank you

To Whom It May Concern, those in the dark dead of night, acting with the care and honor of an American soldier standing hard and right… To those dug in -waiting for the command to defend, holding tight the dreams of a Nation faced with fanatical nightmares, you fight. Far from your bed, void of those comforts you protect unselfishly. You are our hero’s fighting for this Flag, protecting our beliefs from the tyranny of another. We thank you. To all those that walked in the shadow of death… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on November 11, 2008 at 4:06am — No Comments

Musique Noire News and Updates

Hello everyone!

Hope all is well in your world.

If you were unable to attend our CD Release party, or would like to re-live the fun, we have some video up on our Reverbnation page (

Also, we are one of the SPOTLIGHTED ARTISTS on the JAZZ NETWORK, an online community of thousands of jazz artists (indie and major label), promoters, venues and fans. Check us out at You'll find our spotlight by scrolling… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on November 10, 2008 at 3:33am — No Comments

G. D. Lore

“Change by other means.”

I love people, I love change, and as I mix these two important ingredients together I hear the most amazing stories. I headed to the local nation of Wal-Mart to stock my cold room for the winter and ran face first into a woman that changed history. As I stood waiting for the wife searching for fabric to make her famous bag keepers, I noticed an older lady short in height, gray in hair, gentle in nature. I watched her and listened to her talk about when she… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on November 3, 2008 at 2:00am — No Comments

My China Doll(part one)

My sweet china doll, my extraordinary dream, my amazing love , you, softly rapped in a beautiful soft brown sheen.

The passion of my heart, the reason for my thoughts, you are my one true queen. Without you my mind would surely fail heart black and thick, my dreams dark and pointless, lost without you in worship.

You’re purr of approval is my destination your soft brown eyes give me clues to its direction, finding that love in your glance is my primal… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on November 3, 2008 at 2:00am — No Comments

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