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

Prospero Año y Felicidad mis amigos!  Happy 2012! 

We're still here and music must be made whilst we have the blessings of sharing our lives on this planet together in this exciting time!

Tonight, Saturday Jan 14, 2012 , 8:00 PM

I am joining in with a beautiful musical experience with some of Pittsburgh's finest vocalists!
The Pillow Project's monthly jazz-happenings w/ Vie Boheme joined by  sounds spun by Brotha Free w/  Phat Man Dee, Gene Stovall, Jacquea Mae, Anquenique Wingfield, Ricardo Iamuuri. Spontaneous jazz physicality by The Pillow Project, new works by  Kaylin Horgan, ongoing live art by Jordan Bush.
This event shall occur at:
The Space Upstairs (above Construction Junction)
214 N. Lexington Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(the black door opposite Thomas Blvd)    
All Ages, $10 suggested donation

Next Monday Jan 16, 2012

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, 4412 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
412 682-8611
An annual concert on Martin Luther King's birthday featuring Pittsburgh based musicians and artists to benefit the homeless shelter "Duncan and Porter House" which is run by Vincent Eirene.
Other entertainers include:
With Bob Ziller, Renee Alberts, Johnnyflower, Paul Labrise & The Trees, Ben Hartlage, Chris Serra, The Grifters, The Stillhouse Pickers, and The BEATLESs
Age Limit: 21+ or w/ adult   Tickets: $10 (sliding scale)

Next Saturday Jan 21, 2012

Belvedere's Ultra Dive
4016 Butler St , Pittsburgh, PA
I am emceeing for Pittsburgh's Premier Burlesque Beauties as we celebrate the colors that surround us! The Bridge City Bombshells Burlesque Troupe will be shaking it up with all of the colors of the rainbow. Each sexy vixen will represent a spectacular color. Our colorful songbird, the always enchanting, Phat Man Dee will be there to guide us through our prismatic journey! Our newest member, Deville (House of Deville, Charlotte, NC) will be there providing boylesque the likes of which Pittsburgh has never seen! DJ Hates You will provide the soundtrack throughout the evening as you bust a move to our favorite bright songs and a few special guests including the lovely Lola Veronica will be popping in as well. Who will represent each color? Will there be any Purple Rain? Perhaps we will take our Yellow Submarine. Join us January 21st at Belvederes and find out!
Doors at 9pm
Show at 10pm $7 before 10, $10 after 10

Next month:

Feb 4, 2012 

I will be singing at the gallery show following the benefit/preview of my cousin Jon Alloway's movie preview of "Into the ZoneThe Story of the Cacophony Society" in Santa Ana, CA.
Advance tickets for the movie:
I will be singing as part of the later gallery show:
The Cacophony Society Zone Show: You May Already be a Member

Feb 10, 2012 

at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
A Burlesque-a-pades Valentine's special featuring THE WORLD FAMOUS PONTANI SISTERS with some of NYC's hottest talents Angie Pontani, Albert Cadabra, Helen Pontani, Maine Attraction with local feature act Phat Man Dee! Advance Tickets:

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