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

Doris Duke Artist Awards for Wayne Shorter, Kris Davis, and Danilo Pérez

Doris Duke Artist Awards for Wayne Shorter, Kris Davis, and Danilo Pérez

Each artist will receive $275,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Wayne Shorter (photo: Robert Ascroft)Wayne Shorter (photo: Robert Ascroft)

Three jazz artists—saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter and pianist/composers Kris Davis and Danilo Pérez—will receive 2021 Doris Duke Artist Awards.

Sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the award comprises a grant of $275,000 to each artist, which the Foundation describes as “an investment in their artistic potential and celebration of their ongoing contributions in their respective contemporary fields.” The grant, which is the largest to be given to individual artists in the United States, includes $225,000 in unrestricted funding, $25,000 in audience development funds, and $25,000 for artists to save toward later stages of their career.

Shorter, the most famous of the three jazz award recipients, turned 88 in August. The long-awaited official premiere of his opera Iphigenia, composed in collaboration with Esperanza Spalding, will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on December 10.

Recent jazz artists to have received the Artist Award include Andrew Cyrille and Cécile McLorin Salvant in 2020; Terri Lyne Carrington and George Lewis in 2019; and Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter, and Stefon Harris in 2018. Davis is also a past recipient of the Foundation’s $80,000 Impact Award, which she received in 2018.

Visit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s website for more information.

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