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

"How to Get Pittsburgh Famous" and "From Smoke and Tangled Waters We Carried Fire Home"

So many things....

I need to say to you, but the first is thank you for checking out my blog on the Pittsburgh Jazz Ning. May blessings greet you and may you understand how much I appreciate your presence in my life. It's been a very hard couple of weeks and I am deeply grateful to our community. We are Pittsburgh Strong. 

Tragedy struck at Tree of Life, 11 souls taken from us too soon in the name of anti immigrant and anti semitic hate

However thousands of us responded to the hate by marching together in the streets, singing songs that meant:
"I will build this world from love, you will build this world from love, if we build this world from love, then God will build this world from love." 
Normally you don't march through the streets when there are funerals going on, but we waited till hours after the services scheduled that day, for Dr Jerry Rabinowitz, and the brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, were completed before we took to the streets.

It was a march filled with love and a clear understanding from where the hatred sprung, and we will not let that stop us from being the people and the city we must be. I was honored to be asked by Sara Stock Mayo to help lead the songs which were in Hebrew. The photo above is me with my musical friend jazz bandleader Paul Cosentino, my husband Tommy Amoeba, and Sara's son Ziv. Please click here to see clear coverage of what we did and know that in the face of tragedy, Pittsburgh is Mr Roger's Neighborhood and we will not let hate live here. 

Let us continue to shine the light of love, music, and hope together.
I hope to see you at one of my events. 

Next Monday November 12, 2018, 6 pm

Come discuss independent fundraising, self-promotion and how to become a media darling with me! You can't be a star in your hometown, or can you? 
Click here for event listing!

December 14 and 21, 2018 at 1 pm

I will sing as a collaborating local jazz musician, interpreting this incredible sculpture by Postcommodity entitled "From Smoke and Tangled Waters, We Carried Fire Home", installed in the Hall of Sculpture at Carnegie Museum of Art. I only sing for a half hour, so if you come, don't be late! I will be vocally interpreting my view of this amazing installation! 

A Decidedly Creepy EP! 

I made a new CD! 6 Decidedly Creepy songs that I’ve recorded over the years for Morose and Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition are now available for digital download on CD Baby! Weird music for weird people! 
I have a lot of my music for sale on this platform, you and you can buy it all right now! 

Tune It Tuesday! 11/20 & 12/18

Every 3rd Tuesday at the Black Forge Coffee House, please join us for an all ages, intergenerational, cross genre jam session! Bring your poetry, your music, your kids, your grandparents, and jam with my band in Pittsburgh's favorite heavy metal coffee house! Grateful to Neighborhood Allies #LoveMyNeighbor grant, and Drusky Entertainment for their ongoing support of this project! More info:

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