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

Eve Zanni's
Jazz Superheroes Book Release Party
at Westbeth Artists Complex
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7-10pm

AND don't miss The Eve Zanni Jazz Quartet's tribute to Billie Holiday at The Jefferson Market Library
Thursday May 17th, 6pm -8pm, FREE!
425 6th Ave, at 10th Street in Greenwich Village,
New York, NY 10011


   with Bill Easley: tenor sax, Paul Beaudry: bass, Isaac Raz: piano and Dwayne 'Cook' Broadnax burning up the drums


Jazz Superhero Billie Holiday Lady Day and Jazz Superhero Lester Young Prez:  Biographies of America's own Jazz Superheroes "for hip grownups and soulful kids"

America's original art form: Jazz, was born out of slavery; triumphed over obstacles of racism and poverty, even defied death, to become America's greatest cultural gift to the world!  Yet few Americans really know the 'Hidden History' behind the Jazz Superheroes' trials and tribulations. Finally everyone can share the wonder and proud history of our truly original American art form!  

Come celebrate with us:  

Eve Zanni's Jazz Superheroes Book Release Party at Westbeth Artists Complex
May 4, 2018, 7-10pm
155 Bank Street, New York New York 10014
Between Washington and The Westside Highway in the far West Village
Free admission, refreshments available, Jazz quiz to win a book!

Eve will read and sing from her Jazz Superheroes' books and sing with her jazz quartet featuring Bill Easley, Paul Beaudry, Isaac Raz and Dwayne 'Cook' Broadnax   

Jazz Superheroes Books Are Available From Amazon Superhero: Billie Holiday ' Lady Day'

Jazz Superhero Lester Young 'Prez'

"Nothing like this exists for young people from ages 8 to 18, so I had to create it myself!"     Jazz Vocalist and Music Educator Eve Zanni
*  All biographies feature 'suggested listening examples' that introduce students to the Jazz Superheroes' own music and also to the artists that inspired them!
What people are saying about Jazz Superheroes:
Phil Schaap: “Informed and heartfelt!”  Curator: JALC
Gary Giddins, major award-winning jazz author of Satchmo: the Genius of Louis Armstrong writes…”Eve Zanni has worked out the details of this project with her heart, brains, and a profound knowledge of jazz and its makers. Her book treats jazz in an accessible manner that is at once witty, smart, original, and great fun. Quite unlike anything I've seen, her inventive approach to music and history clears away the pedagogical cobwebs and will rouse the curiosity and enthusiasm of young readers and their teachers.”
Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books : “Eve Zanni’s Jazz Superheroes would make a great addition to any music or jazz appreciation class. Through its colorful stories, it serves as an excellent introduction to youngsters about the world of jazz.”-
Henry Ferrini, Filmmaker "Why isn't jazz appreciation taught in elementary schools?  Because they don't have this book.  Now there IS a jazz curriculum for kids that allow them access into America's only original art form.  I wish these wonderful materials were available when I was in school."  
Marion Nesbit, Ph.D., Professor Lesley University "From jazz superhero stories to 'riff banks', Ms.Zanni's vibrant curriculum is expertly developed, thorough and easy to use.  It is sure to capture students' interest and inspire their appreciation for jazz."  
Dominique Eade, acclaimed jazz vocalist, composer, faculty New England Conservatory "Ms.Zanni's guide offers teaching that comes from a vast historic knowledge of the music of the African diaspora through academic research and personal experience as a practicing musician...she has developed a curriculum that is multilayered, teaching children about important musical ideas through inspiring personal stories...the theme of individual dedication and conviction runs through the lives of each 'super hero'..."
Professor Mili-Bermejo Greenspan, Berkely College of Music;  “…what Ms. Zanni has accomplished goes beyond a regular music guide, it enters the realm of contextual teaching, including history, culture, socio-political aspects, and most important: what moves artists to create, the story of their struggles to make a living and express themselves, the story of Survival, and the Power of music. “


EVE ZANNI – Author, Singer, composer

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