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

Click To Play Drifting

we in the age of aquarius I'm the water bearer
nefarious by nature cause we live in holy terror
shed light on the precarious who's gonna listen
sacrificing babies abortions and baptisms
excercising rights when we need an excorcism
racist school system is a pipeline to prison
can you feel it we so close fascism
persistant con-trails in the air cataclysm
we drifting its a new world order
sheeple in a flock being led to the slaughter
no morals we complacent a degenerate nation
some blame it on satan but it's mankind face it
upliftment if we gone make it 
we gifted been strip down naked
rebuild and educate lead by demonstration
the world is not the same it is not that basic
we drifting.

When the rain fell down it lasted 40 days
and only 8 survived that story is amazing
we drifting for a 150 days 
hard to come to terms with 7 billion graves
if you listen you can hear what they say
voices in the wind you are more than a slave
it makes a difference it is never too late
unless you kill a man can't correct that mistake
your mere existence melanin they can not relate
we are not one people they just take and they take
and every body suffers it don't matter which faith
religion is what got us here in the 1st place
whipped flesh off our backs now we branded as a race
got no solutions theres no escape
up the creek with no paddle that's fate
caught up in the current now we drifting away
we drifting.

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