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 received a response to an email i sent to someone that I regarded as a friend. i received an answer, but this person was very rude and condescending to me and i was quite upset. i know we all do things like that when there are other things happen in in our lives that may put us in a bad mood . I have been guilty of taking it out on someone. But I try not to do this. We are all in this for a common cause and iif someone wanted my help, I would help!! Geez, it's hard try to make a living as a musician, but I have been playing for 40 YEARS and I am still at it.
I wish we could all respect each other!

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 20, 2009 at 4:03pm
Yes Annie. It has happened to each of us at sometime. Everyone just wants to be loved but some don't know how to get it, ask for it or accept it. Our calling as musicians is to move the spirits of our audience toward love whether we now them or not. Very few people have that opportunity as often as we do. Hopefully people will realize that the machines they are listening to cannot give them love and they'll come back to support live music. That's what this network is all about and I thank you for being an active member.
Comment by Ed Skirtich on September 18, 2009 at 6:09am
Hi Annie,

Thank you for speaking up for us musicians who should be called to play more gigs.

Hey, I love all the guys and gals who play the gigs but we need to play gigs too.

We have to break out of our clique and work together.

Ed Skirtich
Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on September 17, 2009 at 8:59pm
I want to thank ED for standing up for me again! I can be very outspoken, but my intentions are always good. I want to see musicians getting together and making good music. WE have alot of talent here and I just want everyone to get a chance, not just a few people. Some don't like this comment, but I am sorry, it's true.
Comment by Kevin Amos on September 17, 2009 at 2:44pm
Ok....let's just nip this in the bud once and for all. I am NOT afraid to stand up for what I did so Annie your tactic is not going to work. I really hope this will be the end of this particular discussion.

I have privately given you suggestions on what to do as far as getting yourself out there more. The bottom line is it's up to you to make a move and even create something out of nothing if you have to.

I give my support to all of the musicians. Always have and always will. No one in the entire music scene has NEVER accused me of being rude and condescending. If anything I have always been accomodating and resourceful.

I can't and won't go back and forth with you on your personal issues. You always seem to be upset about most things from my personal observation. And that is a professional opinion from my background.

I stood up for you at the B-Pep event when Tony Mowod dissed you and you had your emotional outburst. Why don't you tell folks that. And at the time I didn't even know you..

I do respect you but I lose respect when you don't get your way. We always can't have our way so we HAVE to work together.

I will tell you that I will be very careful from this point on iwhendealing with you. So now everyone knows and it's out there.

Anyone else can send me a personal note.
Comment by Ed Skirtich on September 17, 2009 at 5:33am
Hi Annie,

Thank you so much for bringing up the point for how we all need to respect each other.

I love all the guys and gals from Back In The Day- But C'Mon Now- It's 2009!

Also, I love the rich history and legacy of The Hill and Homewood knowing that My Mom and Dad and some of my relatives taught "All The Brothers Back In The Day!"

But for our local Pittsburgh Jazz Community- We All Need To Support One Another!

I have supported the Pittsburgh Jazz Community by attending and playing at jam sets and non jam sets and the same respect needs to happen when I receive gigs.

I need your support in my endeavors and yinz need to support and help out Annie- She's a vital force on The Pittsburgh Jazz Network and I Thank You Annie for your tremendous contributions to this site.

Ed Skirtich

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