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

Burlesque, Jazz & the Return of the Bong Show, a benefit for Pgh NORML!

Oh friends.... what a fascinating, tumultuous and looooong winter it has been.... I'm happy to say I finally believe we may have actually reached the other side. The warm winds blow with the sweet tantalizing promise of beautiful music, graceful dancers and hilarious escapades. I don't trust the wind to deliver these things all by itself, so I have committed myself to helping make them reality.

Tomorrow April 6, 2013
Cattivo Sotto, 146 44th St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201, US
I am emceeing at TEASE! Performers include Bella Sin, Smokin' McQueen, Sable Starling, Charlie Monroe, Dame Cassandra, Kiyla Kitty and Sahara! Join us for an evening of burlesque, jazz and more! Featured performer is the Peggy de Lune, best British Newcomer to the London World Burlesque Gamers 2012!
Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door!  21 and
More info:

Saturday April 13, 2013 NOLA on the Square 
24 Market St, Pittsburgh, PA
For reservations: 412-471-9100
Join Phat Man Dee & the Cultural District as they sing & play through an evening of multi lingual classics & original tunes in one of the
tastiest destinations in Pittsburgh! Delicious jambalaya, jazz and more!
Reservations suggested, especially if you want to be seated near the music! No cover, all ages!
More info:

Saturday April 20, 2013
The Bong Show! A benefit for Pittsburgh NORML
Lava Lounge, 2204 E Carson St, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Featuring a talent show where the stakes are high and so are the judges!!! Join
us for this lighthearted evening of entertainment as the judges (who are live
via satellite feed from the great state of Colorado) decide who does, and who
does not, get bonged! Hosted by Phat Man Dee and Smokin' McQueen! Featured
musical guests include J Pad da Juggernaught, Chai Baba and the Rusty
Haywhackers! Come learn about the reasons why we all support the legalization
and decriminalization of cannabis, especially when used medicinally!
Tickets $5 for NORML members, $10 in advance or $15 at the door! 21 and over!
For more info check out:
Facebook event page:

One of the reasons I mention above that it has been a long winter is that recently our community has lost some wonderful people, friends of mine, and this world was a much richer place for having known them. Please, raise a glass, tip some libations, light a candle, whatever you do to remember your loved ones for my friends Dan Lichten and "Scooter" Paul McCarthy. I
have known Dan for years but really got to know and respect him in Occupy Pittsburgh, he helped feed those wonderful activists who camped out downtown in the bitterest cold as we all worked towards a fairer world. My friend Paul I have known since I was in high school, he was a character known most for riding his motor scooter through Pittsburgh, blasting music. He was also politically active and wrote many letters to the editor He personally rode me on his bike
to the Kerry Rally when John Kerry came to rally in Pittsburgh... I will miss them both terribly, If you have lost any loved ones this past winter, let us all pray together that they are enjoying that wonderful cabaret in the sky. Or whatever you believe. We were blessed to know them and I hope we remember those that have gone before as we move ahead in this cycle. I am blessed to know you.

One love friends! I hope to see you out at one of these good gigs and we can share some music and fun times together!

PS I’m on the twitter. Follow me and shout out at me if you want me to follow
you back! @phatmandee

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