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

Eric Kloss...why is he the forgotten man?

Folks....please read the following report I saw today. The similar circumstances have ocurred to Eric Kloss and from my last encounter with he and his wife Cindy he is not getting any better either. Why doesn't anyone believe them? Eric is also suffering from a rare nervous condition. Perhaps if some of you see this perhaps we can finally do something. No one deserves to live like this. Even though many folks have issues with his wife and her "controlling" nature it bothers me to know that they are suffering also. Please respond with some positive feedback and not negative comments please.

Please read below...will we see ANOTHER great musician forgotten about?


As most of you know in addition to being involed with Jazz my entire radio career I have also been involved with Reggae music. These musicians are also part of my wide ranging musical family. This is distrubing news.

The Original Founder and Member of Israel Vibration - Renowned International Reggae Superstar Is In Need of Our Help

Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig
While it’s not uncommon to hear stories of a reggae star’s rise from the ghettos of Jamaica, few performers endured the struggle and have earned the success and international fame as Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig. As an original member of the globally renowned harmony trio Israel Vibration,
Apple has recently fallen on hard times. Apple has recently been rendered “homeless” .

He also now suffers from seizures due to living in an apartment for 4 years which, unbeknownst to him, was infested with mold bacteria that he was breathing into his lungs.
(The same thing Eric is suffering from)

Apple was the original creator of their “anthemic” songs and the original creator of the “bionic” roots harmonies that is the signature sound of the Group, and he also wrote a seemingly infinite number of great songs, such as Lift Up Your Conscience, We A De Rasta, Why You So Craven, Oh Jan Solid Rock, Middle East, There is No End, Falling Angels, Mud Up and Rude Boy Shuffling, Friday Evening, Walk The Streets of Glory and much, much more.

Apple now needs your help and support. We are accepting donations to assist our Rasta Brother in getting back on his feet. There is so much more that Apple has in store for us musically. Let’s show him how much we appreciate his contribution to us by giving back to him.
Please send donations to:

Albert Craig
c/o Minter & Associates, L.L.C.
5398 East Mountain Street
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

For More Information regarding Apple Gabriel, please feel free to contact:

David Howard

Or email Mr. Howard at:

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