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


The Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame
Monday, February 19, 2007
Compiled by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A list of people who were inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame. Where available, achievements are noted.

• Henry Fiore
• Howard Russell
• Mary Lois Verilla (the woman who paints Pittsburgh)

• Al Aarons -- performed with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra
• Hal Brown 'HB' -- WAMO deejay
• Gerald 'Jerry' Byrd -- performed with Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff
• Leslie Carrington-Parr
• Danny Conn - jazz musician
• Sally Cosgrove & Bill Thompson -- dancers
• Frank Cunimondo -- composer/keyboard
• Keith & Karl Edmonds -- Mime ministries, evangelist outreach
• John Ford -- historian
• Erroll Garner -- jazz musician
• Linton Garner -- performed with Billy Eckstine and Erroll Garner, his brother
• Nelson Harrison, Ph.D., composer -- performed with Count Basie
• Ahmad Jamal -- jazz musician
• Claude Jay -- gospel recording artist
• James 'Sunny' Kelsey -- WAMO
• "The Larells" -- all-male band, recorded "Everybody Knew"
• Loran Mann -- WPXI-TV reporter/minister
• Don E. McNeil
• Grover Mitchell -- conductor with Count Basie orchestra
• Art Nance -- performed with Count Basie
• Birdie Nichols -- "Glorious Rebirth"
• Bill Nunn Sr. & Bill Nunn Jr. -- editors Pittsburgh Courier
• Peggy Pierce-Freeman - pianist/organist for many churches and choirs
• Pat Prattis-Jennings -- principal keyboardist of the Pittsburgh Symphony
• Paul Ross -- Pittsburgh Symphony violinist
• Wyatt Ruther -- performed with Count Basie, Erroll Garner and Lena Horne
• Naomi Simms -- first black supermodel, an Oprah Legend
• Bev Smith -- national TV and radio talk-show host
• Lynnwood Sloan -- National Endowment for the Arts
• Dakota Staton -- jazz musician, performed on "Late, Late Show"
• Billy Strayhorn -- composed the "A Train" worked with Duke Ellington
• James Tripp-Haith -- TV producer with "Moesha" and "Eve"
• Adam Wade -- singer, actor and first black to host a game show
• Mary Lou Williams -- piano prodigy; composed masses for the Pope, worked with Duke Ellington

• John Brewer -- "African Americans in Pittsburgh"
• Albert "Kippy" French -- "Billy Boy"
• Dennis Schatzman -- "The Simpson Trial in Black and White"

• John Brewer -- the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum Trolley Station & Oral History Center
• Jack Burley -- executive with Heinz Co.
• Tom Burley -- international business developer -- Westinghouse Electric Co.
• Riley Davis Sr. -- Star Optical
• Cornelius Dorsey Sr. -- Dorsey's Records
• Gladys Edmonds -- Edmonds Travel Consultants
• Norman Farrish -- Norman & Co., international import
• Robert Goode -- senior vice president, Mellon Bank
• Eugene Harrison -- The Harrison Group
• Robert Lavelle -- Dwelling House
• Lemuel "Rip" Nixon -- Nixon & Associates
• Alfred Whatley -- CEO Thalhimers Dept. store chain.
• Oliver Byrd -- Chair of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
• Esther Bush -- head of the Urban League of Pittsburgh
• Doris Carson-Williams -- president of the African American Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh

• Euzell "Bubby" Hairston
• Wilbur Nelson
• Bill Nunn Sr.
• Wyatt Williams -- coordinator with the Pittsburgh contingent of the 1963 March on Washington

• Malik Bankston -- head of Kingsley Association
• Carolyn Bright-Smith -- vice president "Generation Hope"
• Joan Bruce-Griffin -- executive with Washington County Redevelopment Authority
• Leslie Carrington-Parr -- actress/mayor's council for persons with disabilities
• Floyd Cephas
• Marcus Harvey -- founder of Strength Inc.
• Curtis Hefflin
• Jennifer Henderson-Germany -- Youthbuild
• Marshall Howard
• Kenneth Jennings Jr. -- first African American management intern for the Social Security administration
• Joe Lewis Jr. -- head of Homewood YMCA
• Lawrence Mason -- regional council, Boy Scouts of America
• Horace Miles -- head of SCORE
• Wilbur Nelson -- head of Homewood-Brushton Community Improvement Associations
• Walter Reid
• Doris Sloan-Roberts -- director of human services, Chesapeake, Va.
• Joanne Sloan-Glover -- assistant director Allegheny County Department of Public Assistance
• Celeste Taylor
• John Tibbs
• Tommy Tucker

• Rick Adams -- dean Community College of Allegheny County
• James Boyd -- U.S. Army education specialist
• Harry Budd -- dean Slippery Rock University
• Robert Burley
• Lance Carter
• Joann Cobb-Burley -- executive officer at Penn State
• Charlene H. Cole-Newkirk -- dean at Prince Frederick Community College of Southern Maryland
• Elaine Casey-Davis
• Jim Ellis -- developed inner-city swim team in Philadelphia; subject of the movie "Pride"
• Yvonne Holt-Edwards
• Helen Faison -- Pittsburgh's first female, African American high school principal and the first female, African American school superintendent in the Pittsburgh Public school system
• Dr. Leon Haley
• George Harris
• Elmer Haymon Jr. -- dean, student development at Community College of Allegheny County
• Carole Coles-Henry
• Gloria Hill -- assistant provost Carnegie Mellon University
• Joan James
• Victor Jonnotti -- teacher of the year
• Jake Milliones -- president of Pittsburgh board of Education
• Dr. Dwight Mosley
• Rachel Poole -- first African American associate professor -- Department of Mental Health at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
• Ernestine Reed
• Dr. Edward Rhodes -- vice chancellor, Indiana University
• Ronald Thornhill -- principal at CAPA
• Gertrude Wade -- the first female, African American principal in the Pittsburgh Public schools
• George Webb
• Leo Woods
• Erroll B. Davis Jr. -- chancellor, University of System of Georgia.
• Capt. Wilbur C. Douglass III -- Chaplin of the U.S. Navy Coast Guard

• Dr. Allison Smith-Barnett
• Dr. Earl Childs
• Dr. Robert "Moose" Edwards
• Joan Bruce-Griffin
• Dr. John Hairston
• Dr. Charles Hefflin
• Art Nance -- director St. Joseph Hospital
• Margaret Washington -- president, Washington Associates
• Russell Washington

• Capt. Sherrill Brown
• Lt. Col. George Charlton Jr. -- a Buffalo Soldier
• Charlton Cherry
• Marshall Fields -- Tuskegee Airmen
• Major James Hilton Greene
• Thomas Gunn -- Tuskegee Airmen
• Brigadiere Gen. Robert W. Smith III.

• Reginald Bridges -- attorney
• Earl Buford Jr. -- Pittsburgh chief of police
• Ophelia "Cookie" Coleman -- co-founder & vice president P.A.C.T.
• Lt. Col. Hawthorne Conley
• Tony Deluca -- Pennsylvania state representative
• Alfonso Gibson -- chief of detectives, Washington, D.C.
• Linda Perkins
• Channing Phillips -- first black to be nominated by Democrats to run for U.S. President
• Wendell Phillips -- House of Representatives, Maryland
• Joe Rhodes -- Pennsylvania state legislator
• Joe Preston -- Pennyslvania state legislator
• Hon. Edward Tibbs
• Richard Utley -- commissioner, Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs, Pennslyvania
• Deborah Walker
• Hon. Warren Watson -- first elected black judge in Allegheny County
• Leslie Wiley -- director, office of International Visitors, U.S. Department of State
• Lamonte Wilson -- first black fire captian/head of 911

• Bishop Dwayne Darkins -- Greater Faith Tabernacle
• Richard Goode -- pastor and developer, Atlanta.
• Rev. Gerald Lloyd -- Fountain of Life
• Rev. Loran Mann --- Pentecostal Temple COGIC

• Clarence Bruce -- played with Homestead Grays
• Chuck Cooper -- Boston Celtics, first black drafted in NBA
• Clarence Doak -- track and field world-class athlete
• Ed Fleming -- professional with Cincinnati Royals; swim coach at Westinghouse
• Wes Garnet -- professional football player with San Diego Chargers
• Eugene Harrison -- player with Pittsburgh Steelers
• John Henderson -- player with Pittsburgh Steelers
• Kenneth Hudson -- first black full-time referee for the NBA
• Tony Liscio -- player with Dallas Cowboys
• Melvin Myricks -- played with Kansas City Chiefs
• Orin Richburg -- Olympic track coach
• Maurice Stokes -- played with Cincinnati Royals
• Joseph "Showboat" Ware -- all letter man

• Carl McVicker Sr. -- Westinghouse music instructor, teacher to all of the musicians in the Hall of Fame

First published on February 19, 2007 at 12:00 am

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