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

Another year has gone by and I am given, one more time, the privilege to invite, in the name of the organizers, the jazz fans of Brasov and not only, to take part in a new international jazz celebration, here, at the Tampa´s feet. KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING ON! What we started, last year, would continue with a new edition, at least as attractive as the previous one and definitely, a bigger one! This year too, the organizers of the event, Brasov County Council and Brasov Regional Centre for the Promotion and Preservation of Traditional Culture, receive the help of private partners, such as: Brasov Days and Nights Magazine and Firestarter-Zacusca Labs. The festival is also supported by institutions like The Polish Institute in Bucarest and the Austrian Cultural Forum. The cultural associations Viva la Musica and AS CULT Brasov, as well as a bunch of sponsors, had a further contribution too. Just like during the previous edition, the festival will contain three performances, each of them being structured as follows: the first evening is dedicated to the bassists, the second to the wind instrumentalists, and the last one to the Romanian Jazz Diaspora. As a shockingly new element, the Kronstadt Jazz Festival will be enriched with a further event, KRONSTADT JAZZ RALLY. This one will surely bring jazz music and blues closer to the public, taking place in three other places in town, locatedoin the rally way: the Republicii street and Ceasu´Rau and Olimpia Terraces. The events will bring to the stages a number of 43 artists, coming from 11 countries, European in their majority, reunited in 12 bands. I hereby thank the organizational team, all the parteners and sponsors who have been supporting me in having these special events here, in Brasov.

I am therefore inviting and waiting for you to embrace the world of jazz at REDUTA, starting from September, Friday the 5th until Sunday the 7th 2008.

Jenny Braescu Artistic Director and Project Coordinator Email: Tel: +40 745 096 740 You are all invited at the KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL : Program JAZZ FESTIVAL Friday 5-th of September, 2008 19,00 - DN1 JAZZ BAND (RO, HU) Zsolt Szabo-piano, George Somu-saxophone, flute, Peter Balasz- bas guitar, George Tohat-drums 19,45 - BEGA BLUES BAND (RO) Bela Kamocsa -voice,guitar, Johnny Bota - double bass, Lica Dolga -drums 20,45 - ZBIGNIEW WEGEHAUPT QUARTET (PL) Janusz Skowron - piano, Jerzy Malek- trumpet, Zbigniew Wegehaupt -double bass, Sebastian Frankiewicz -drums 22,00 - JIRI STIVIN& ALI HAURAND DUO (DE,CZ ) Jiri Stivin -flute, Ali Haurand - double bass Saturday 6 -th of September, 2008 19,00 - TOMAS EINARSSON & THE REYKIAVIK RUMBEROS (ISL) Oskar Gudjonsson- tenor saxophone, Omar Gudjonsson- acoustic& electric guitar, Tomas R. Einarsson - double bass, Matthias Hemstock- drums & percution 20,30 - DRECHSLER (A) Ulrich Drechsler - tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, Raphael Preuschl - double bass, Joerg Mikula- drums 22,00 - JENS WINTHER QUARTET (DK,DE) Carl Winther -piano, Jens Winther - trumpet, Daniel Franck- double bass, Dejan Terzic -drums Sunday 7 -th of September, 2008 19,00 - ZSOLT BENDE QUINTET( HU,USA,A) Zsolt Bende - electric guitar, Dan Magay- saxophon, Zoltan Zana -saxophon, Orban Gyorgy- double bass ,Michael Prowaznik- drums 20,30 - PAUL WEINER TRIO (DE) Paul Weiner - piano, Jan Jankeje - double bass, Puba Hromatka - drums 22,00 - AL JAWALA ( DE, FR) Steffanie Schimmer- alto saxophon, Krischan Lukanov- tenor saxophon, Daniel Verdier - bass guitar, Markus Schumacher- percution, Daniel Pellegrini- drums&didgerido INTRODUCTION FLORIAN LUNGU & JENNY BRAESCU Program JAZZ RALLY MOBILE STAGE REPUBLICII STR. 16,30 Friday, sept. 5, 2008 - Trenul de Noapte (RO) Saturday, sept. 6, 2008 - Berti Barbera&Nicu Patoi (RO) Sunday, sept. 7, 2008 - Drechsler (A) OLIMPIA TERRACE 18,30 Friday, sept. 5, 2008 - Zsolt Bende Quartet (HU, U.S.A., A) Saturday, sept. 6, 2008 - Trenul de Noapte(RO) Sunday, sept. 7, 2008 - Jens Winther Quartet (DK, DE) CEASU’RAU TERRACE 17,30 Friday, sept. 5, 2008 - Berti Barbera&Nicu Patoi (RO) Saturday, sept. 6, 2008 - Zsolt Bende Quintet (HU, U.S.A., A) Sunday, sept. 7, 2008 - Tomas Einarsson& The Reykiavik Rumberos (ISL) GROOVE GARDEN MUSIC CLUB 24,00 Sunday, sept. 7, 2008 - JAM SESSION-Al Jawala (DE, FR)

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