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
So let's go camping!!!! Ok I don't actually expect anyone of you on
this email list to join me @ Frostburn this weekend (if I see you
there it will be a delightful surprise!) but I do expect you (assuming
you are in Pittsburgh) to attend my dear husband's show at Howler's
Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield, he has put together with his good friends,
"Who-Phoria" a tribute show wherein local bands will all play songs by
the Who.

If you are crazy enough to join us at Frostburn, for God's sake read the FAQ and Survival Guide on the website:
I will be leading the Annual Mr Roger's Singalong on Sunday morning.

And on Monday night, in celebration of Dr King's birthday, please join me at Howler's (hip spot these days!) as we perform to benefit survivors of Katrina and the Common Grounds Relief fund.

Martin Luther King Birthday Benefit on Monday January 19 at Howlers 4509 Liberty ave. Bloomfield at 9PM Suggested donation is $10 for the Rich and $5 for the not so Rich.
Show starts at 9PM and ends at Midnight.

The line up: Moonlight Motel PhatManDee
Duane "Irate" Jones and Evan Knauer
Bobby Porter
Lucid Music
Deleted Scenes (from New York City)

Proceeds benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina / Common Ground Relief

Next week if you are in San Francisco, join me at Dottie Lux's evening of Burlesque with the Red Hot Mama's at El Rio! Doors at 730 and the show is over by 9, so be on time!!
El Rio is located at 3158 mission st , San Francisco, CA

I have been going crazy putting up footage of shows so keep checking out my channel (today youtube, tomorrow my own satellite!) :

Me with Erin Carey (aerialist)

Video of the end of the seesion led by Howie Alexander's trio with Paul Thompson and James Johnson III at Ava Lounge in E Liberty last monday:

Stay warm , stay well and I hope to see or hear of you attending something awesome this weekend.

On a sadder note, last week we all lost someone very special to me, Lucy the Dog.

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