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



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Bonedog Records Keepin' Da Blues, R&B, and Funk Alive

Bonedog Records

Keepin' Da Blues, R&B, and Funk Alive
Bondedog Records releases new music from pioneering 20th century blues and soul artists along with recordings from contemporary artists who embrace those traditional genres. The sound of vintage blues, R&B and Funk are kept alive by Bonedog. The Mojo Boneyard Studios staffed by producer/engineer Jeff Ingersoll and a stable of crack veteran Pittsburgh instrumentalists is delivering great music with big fat horn sections, deep baritone sax, funky beats, tight bluesy rhythm guitar and cool Hammond organ riffs.  Fans across the world who love the music of Tower of Power Stax Records, and James Brown can rejoice in the music of Bonedog artists.
Old school musicians who began their recording careers in the 1950s are being heard again through Bonedog Records including Piney Brown, Tommy Brown, and Leon Daniels & the El Venos.  Contemporary artists Craig King, Guitar Shorty, Bobby Wayne, Eugene Morgan, Jimmy, Alder, Robert Peckman, Billy Price, Dwayne Dolphin, Larry Nath, James Hilton, the Mauranders and others have recorded and released on Bonedog.  Bonedog has released over 39 albums from 23 artists.
"Producer Jeff Ingersoll and his roster of dynamite musicians could make anybody sound good. Fabulous horns, tight rhythm sections and great studio sound typify the label’s output."  Dylann DeAnna -Review of Piney Brown's "One of These Days" CD in
Founder Jeff Ingersoll
Jeff Ingersoll founded Bonedog Records and the Mojo Boneyard Recording Studio in McKeesport, Pa. in 1996. A native of Duquesne, Pa Ingersoll grew up in the Mon Valley listening to R&B, Soul and Blues on the radio shows of Porky Chedwick and Charlie Apple.  They turned Jeff into a lifelong fan of the music of Piney Brown, Tommy Brown, and the El Vinos. Ingersoll graduated from McKeesport High School in 1970 and began his career in the music industry working in concert production for promoter Danny Kresky and later Electric Factory Concerts. 
Bad JuJu
Jeff Ingersoll became a performer playing bass guitar in several bands. He played in the band Bad Juju with guitarist Phil Butchelli, keyboard player Don Shriner of Swamp Rats fame, singer Gary Gentile formerly of the  Ignitors, and the Rhythm Kings first drummer Kurrt "Jr. Smoke" Steinle.  They appeared at the Decade and other area clubs from 1976 to 1978. 

The Rhythm Kings 
After Bad JuJu did a 1977 New Years Eve gig with the Rhythm Kings, Jeff Ingersoll and Phil Butchelli were recruited by sax player Chris Paterini to become members of the the Rhythm Kings in 1978.  The band's line up at time included Chris Paterini,  lead singer Bobby Wayne and baritone sax player John "Dr. Bad" Hogue.
The Rhythm Kings formed at Penn State in late the 1960s and moved to Pittsburgh in 1971.  The band had a horn section consisted of three to four saxophones and was fronted by lead singer Billy Price.  On stage they dressed like tough guy 1940s Jersey Shore street hoodlums in style of the J. Geils Band and Southside Johnny.  Pittsburghers thought that the Rhythm Kings were drugged addicted Vietnam-war veterans. They played retro rock 'n roll and jump blues. In the early 1970s they were the hottest band in Pittsburgh packing the Fox Café in Shadyside, the Evergreen Hotel, the Warehouse in Bethal Park and the Fat City Lounge. 
Lead singer Billy Price left the band in 1972 to join the Roy Buchanan' Band, returned in.1974 and left again in 1976. The Rhythm Kings horn section recorded with Sweet Lightning on their 1974 RCA album release.  In April of 1975 Ahmet Ertegun, president of Atlantic records, came to Pittsburgh to audition the Rhythm Kings at a jam session at the Audio Innovators Studio.  He was not sold on the group. The Rhythm Kings opened for Roy Buchanan several times including shows at the Syria Mosque in December of 1975 and New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Bobby Wayne joined the band as lead vocalist from 1976 to 1978.  The Rhythm Kings horn section backed Robert Peckman’s band ‘Q’ on their 1977 hit single “Dancin’ Man” that reached number #23 on the Billboard charts with sales of over 600,000 copies. 
The Rhythm Kings broke up in 1979 spawning several other bands.  
Bon Ton Roulet
Ingersoll formed the band Bon Ton Roulette in 1980 with vocalist.Sharon Garland, keyboard player and ex-Houserocker Gil Snyder, guitarist Don Hollowood, drummer Ken Crisafalo, and sax players Chris Patarini and Mark McCollum. They played regularly at the Decade Club in Oakland. They were surprised one night at the Decade when Bruce Springsteen walked in to jam with them for one set. Three years later Jon Bon Jovi jammed with them at the Decade. Bon Ton Roulet's had their 15 minutes of national fame when the video of their song "Love and War" was aired on MTV's Basement Tapes program that was hosted by Frank Zappa. Singer Pat Scanga joined the band and recorded on their 1987 album "Big Game Hunter".  Ingersoll played with Bon Ton Roulett until 1989.

Chris Paterini, Pat Scanga and Bad JuJu drummer Kurt Steinle joined Gary Belloma and The Blues Bombers after the break up of Bon Ton Roulet.
Bonedog Records and Mojo Boneyard Studio
Jeff became a recording engineer / producers in 1980 when he opened his first recording studio.  He worked on wide range of media projects such as jingles for large ad agencies, news theme music for KDKA TV, soundtrack music for a Westinghouse product film, and theme music WDUQ's 40th anniversary.  Ingersoll also recorded two albums: Bon Ton Roulet's "Big Game Hunter" and Phillip Harris' "Somebody Else's Dream". 
Ingersoll opened Bonedog Records in McKeesport in 1996 and the Mojo Boneyard Recording Studio in 1997.  Drawing upon his years playing in bands he hired veterans musicians from the best of Pittsburgh funk and jazz fusion bands like sax players Kenny Blake, Robbie Klein, former Rhythm king members Ed Jonnet and Chris Paterini, and Hammond B-3 and keyboard player Fred Delu.
Ingersoll's goal for Bonedog Records is to record early blues artists and contemporary players of blues.  In an interview with Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Jeff said.  "what I'm doing, is finding these guys who are neglected and getting some good music out of them, so they can tour behind it and make a few dollars. They're like the grandfathers to the music we're listening to today."
Re-Discovering Piney Brown
Bluesman Piney Brown who was born in Alabama in 1922, recorded R&B records in the mid 1940s and 1950s on the Apollo, King Duke and Sound Stage 7 record labels.  Browns' recordings of “Walk-a-Block and Fall” and You Bring out the Wolf" became classics sought out by record collectors around the world. Brown while working as a staff writer for King Records wrote the song "Popcorn" for James Brown. He also wrote for Roscoe Gordon and Little Milton.  Brown moved to Dayton Ohio in 1964 and disappeared from the national music scene.  In Ohio he helped the Ohio Players and the funk group Slave. 

Interest in Brown's music was sparked in 2000 when the English magazine Juke published an in-depth feature story on him.  Brown appeared at blues festivals in Holland 2001 and 2002.  Delmark Records released a compilation CD of Brown's 1940s and '50s recordings.  

Ingersoll, who had collected Piney Brown records since his teens, met his hero when Freddie Bohn of Attic Records brought Brown to Pittsburgh in 2002. During their meeting Brown and Ingersoll decide to make a new record.  Brown came to Boneyard Studio with demos of his arrangements.  Jeff supplied the musicians and backing vocalists.  The tracks were cut in two sessions. "My Task" released in 2003 
is collection of contemporary, horn-driven blues, vocal jazz, hard funk and smooth soul songs.  Bonedogy released Piney Brown's “One of these Days” CD in 2006.  Music critic Mick Rainsford of Blues In Britain Magazine highly recommends the CD writing "Piney is still singing/shouting the blues with an emotional intensity and vigor that would shame artists forty years his have a set that is guaranteed to delight all lovers of 50’s blues and R&B."  
Brown passed away on February 5th, 2009. Boneyard had captured the last recordings one of America's blues legends.
Remembering Tommy Brown
Ingersol became a fan of singer Tommy Brown as a teenager hearing the song "V8 Baby" on the radio shows of  Charlie Apple and Porky Chedwic. Tommy Brown came to fame in 1956 with his Billboard #1 hit "Weepin & Cryin" and his comedy records of the 1970's.  Tommy Brown throughout his career recorded for the record labels Savoy, Dot, King, United, RCA-Groove and Imperia labels.  In 2003 Ingersoll tracked down Brown in Atlanta and brought him to Boneyard Studio to record a new album "Remember Me".  Bonedog also recorded and released Tommy Brown’s 2009 release “Rockin’ Away My Blues”. Produced by Ingersoll the album features a powerful Pittsburgh horn section of sax players Robbie Klein and Kenny Blake and trumpeters Dan Donohoe and Joe Badaczewski. 
The Music of Bonedog Records
Bon Ton Roulet on MTV with Zappa The Rhythm Kings 1978
Bon Ton Roulet
Piney Brown

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