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

I missed you!! / PMD's Homecoming Tour December 2008

Sorry I disappeared there for a minute, I didn't really disappear you know, I actually was hiding in the hills of Northern California between the lighthouse and the redwoods, working on my new tunes. I did some wonderful gigs with some phenomenal players, my West Coast drummer Chris Campbell put together a great quartet for me, he actually met the piano player, Rich Cooper at a house party at Alice Walker's house. They played so well and though I did very much miss my players here, it was nice to take my tunes and hear how other great musicians would play them. The only one missing was you.... ;) I did see some really beautiful places in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and we made some wonderful music over the last month and a half, I wish I had some way to share it with you. Hopefully I can replace my stolen camera sometime soon, but I did do a couple of radio interviews, I am hoping to get at least one that I think was recorded uploaded as a podcast, if I am successful I will post a link. But for better or worse, though it was hard coming home from the gorgeous weather in Northern California, I am so happy to be back with my dear sweet Amoeba and my 25 year old zombie undead beagle, Lucy (in the) Sky (she's a ) Dog. I have a lot of great gigs this month and I hope you can check them out!! Tomorrow night: Saturday November 29, 2008 I am singing at Zafira's Vaudeville Carnevale!! The show will be great featuring performances by: Mezmer Society NC (luscious cabaret & balkan ruckus) Mavi of Romka in DC(haunting Kali dance) Mizz. Phat Mandee, with her Phabulous voice Mr. Buddy Nutt PA, the one man band- will be bringing back his musical saw Mab, Just Mab DC, Highly entertaining sideshow girl! Zafira PA, our hostesses with mostesses (with some NEW! performances for our fellow Yinzers) Vending, Ambience & Libations with: Mr. Arm of the Secret Society of Odd Acquisitions PA, (house-of-wonders sculpture and photography) The Rex Theater's Bar & Lounge Father Dunn and his treasure chest of jewels and wonders of the world.... you'll want to buy it all! Your Inner Vagabond PA, with tasty complimentary goodies! And the following week...... December 4 , 2008 , with Marsha Mellow!! At Pegasus Lounge, where everyone's favorite dirty little secret's come out of the closet..... Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between, come on down to the basement and let me sing you to the stars. Be there baby and let's drink til it just don't hurt no more.... 818 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Other gigs on my whirlwind homecoming tour include a trip to NYC: "Some have called her the Peggy Lee of punk, some have called her an intergalactic juggernaut of vehement and disruptive love, you may call her Phat Man Dee, cosmic jazz chantuese. Join us on Monday December 8, 2008, 8 pm at the Gershwin Hotel's grand ballroom when Neke Carson shall present Phat Man Dee as accompanied by Mike Murray, piano and Tony DePaolis, bass. Special guest Tommy Amoeba. To hear samples of her work, links to video and bio info visit" The Gershwin Hotel 7 E 27th St, btwn 5th and Madison, NYC 8 pm, $10, BYOB, senior citizen discount, wheelchair accessible I think that's enough for now, but please save the dates: December 11, 2008 cityLIVE! MULTINGUAL HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG Presented by no wall productions, the Heinz Family Foundation and the New Hazlett Theater December 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm a multi lingual sing a long ... AND HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR With Phat Man Dee and the ChristmasChannakwanzaa Tones, Colter Harper, Tony DePaolis and Jacob Yoffee. You will not want to miss this one, kids. Show your love. Show up! It's FREE!! December 13, 2008 at CLO Cabaret's Backstage Bar at Theater Square. (It's also FREE!!) 5 - 7:30 pm , with Colter Harper and Tony DePaolis. December 15, 2008 A benefit for dancer and producer Olivia Kissel (Zafira Dance Co.) to cover medical expenses related to upcoming surgery. 7 - 10 pm at the Lava Lounge, other performers tba. December 31, 2008 at First Night, downtown Pittsburgh, more info to follow. For a big flyer with most of the dates mentioned above visit: And I am trying to keep my blog updated: But you can catch me online on and on facebook as well. I check my tribe occasionally and my friendster never. I do however really enjoy the ning network for Pittsburgh jazz musicians and fans: I still have some dates open for holiday parties , so if you just need a little Phat Man Dee to celebrate your private holiday moments, just shoot me an email and if I am not already booked, I could be yours , I am cheaper than you think, and I will do things you wouldn't imagine..... (Ok, I mean sing, but I am not above singing naked in a bathtub full of eggnog for the right kind of party, so long as you have the fresh nutmeg baby!!!!)

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