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

Jody Jaress in "Chain Link" award winning film now available on DVD!!

Hello my new PJN friends!! I don't know if this is 'where' I would post a shameful plug or not. I'm new to these sites. I hope it's okay...and sorry it's not music oriented, but .... If you haven't seen this award winning film, "CHAIN LINK" starring Mark Irvingsen,
Jody Jaress, Jim Storm, and many other amazing actors, now you can!! Our theatrical run in LA, NY, Philly, Arizona, Florida, etc. is over and now "CHAIN LINK" will be available on DVD!! Rent, buy... pick up or order online starting today, April 7... "CHAIN LINK" DVD available at:
*Amazon *
*Hollywood Video
*Hastings * (3rd largest video chain in the USA) plus many other video stores across the states available at other online video stores as well Tell your friends ~ spread the word ~ your support is appreciated!
'Chain Link' Review, by Top Film Critic - Robert Koehler, Variety Produced, directed, written, edited by Dylan Reynolds. With: Mark Irvingsen, Jim Storm, Luciano Rauso, Yassmin Alers, Jody Jaress, Peter Looney, David Kallaway, Lelia Goldoni, Jim Round. A recently released ex-con can't get anything right in "Chain Link," writer-director Dylan Reynolds' rough, intimate drama that struggles to make a downhill life seem something more than just inevitable. Reynolds focuses on the faces of his committed actors, who are given unusually generous, extended dialogue scenes that -- with few exceptions -- manage to pulse with a sense of reality. Mark Irvingsen's Anthony is a telling portrayal of a dead-ender, and his low-key approach proves an interesting choice. Anthony lives with mom Rhea (
Jody Jaress, excellent) while trying to figure how to come up with enough money to be able to get his own place so his growing son, dubbed "Little Man" (Luciano Rauso), can live with him. Anthony's ex, Jade (Yassmin Alers) is raising the lad, who wants to be with Anthony despite his dad's obvious flaws. The ex-con's well-intended efforts, though, lead to a chain of crimes that get more disturbing. -- Robert Koehler
*LA TIMES: REVIEW OF CHAIN LINK by Top Critic, Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times Feature coming out in theatres starting Feb 20th 2009 Dylan Reynolds deserves credit for his confident, singular approach to crafting the stark drama "Chain Link," the writer-director's self-described emphasis on "performance over perfection in image".This low-budget effort contains enough flashes of vigor and vision to put the first-time filmmaker on the industry's radar. In presenting a single, fateful day in the life of Anthony (Mark Irvingsen), an ex-con trying to square things for himself and those around him, Reynolds employs a series of long, hand-held takes that effectively immerse us into a gritty world of losers, hotheads and strugglers. There's a raw authenticity here. -- Gary Goldstein
*LAWEEKLY, reviewed by - Kristi Mitsuda, staff writer Luckily, first-time feature filmmaker Dylan Reynolds’ Chain Link isn’t as clichéd as its official synopsis makes it sound: Reynolds’ film mostly presents a spare, refreshingly clear-eyed depiction of a deadbeat’s downward spiral. (Grande 4-Plex) (Kristi Mitsuda)
*BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE, Review by Mark Keizer , Boxoffice Magazine Chain Link, Print Article posted February 20, 2009 9:05 AM Movies about ex-cons trying to go straight are as numerous as ex-cons trying to go straight, and debuting writer/director Dylan Reynolds adds little to the conversation. But his close-to-the-bone rendering still draws you in, proving once again that movies begin and end with characters you care about. The lack of budget and polish only create a more realistic mood that keeps the viewer involved. Since box office prospects are minimal, Reynolds should consider Chain Link a successful first effort and call it a victory. One does not get the sense that Reynolds is an auteur waiting to happen as much as he’s someone who had a good script, a style dictated by budget and actors who could be trusted to sell the rest. It works fine this time, although Reynolds’ sophomore effort (and let’s hope there’s a sophomore effort) must show increased maturation and confidence with the camera and his actors. Films about going straight run the table from rough-hewn (Ulu Grosbard’s "Straight Time" or James Gray’s "The Yards") to the slick and operatic (De Palma’s "Carlito’s Way"). Inevitability is often the primary narrative impediment, but Reynolds keeps us rooting for Anthony with an observational and non-judgmental style and desolate locales that no family, fiction or non-fiction, should have to endure. The men in the cast are directed to various levels of surliness, except Rauso, who is a good young actor. Little Man wants to be with his father, as most boys do, even when things spiral way out of control. He, of course, doesn’t know any better. The adults, however, are struggling against what they know to be true: you cannot wish or hope a person away from their true nature. Distributor: Cinema Epoch Cast: Mark Irvingsen, Jim Storm, Luciano Rauso, Yassmin Alers and Jody Jaress Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Dylan Reynolds
*From Chain Link to Foxes - Cat's Blog Monday, February 23. 2009 A while back I met Dylan Reynolds and he told me about his movie Chain Link. I got to see it on the big screen last night at the Laemmle's Grand where it's got a week run. It's really a well written film. Anthony is trying to get his life back in order after getting out of prison, reuniting with his ex-wife and young son. But Anthony just doesn't know how to make good choices, as he tries to take a solid grasp at his surrounding it all slips further and further away. It felt very real and raw. The film is coming out on DVD on April 7. I'd say it's worth checking out, go Indie film! "Enjoy my dear friends and family!!! Much happiness to all... and many hugs, Jody"
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