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

Notes from the West Coast from Dale Fielder

Hey Everyone:

Just want to keep my Pittsburgh Peeps up to date with my recent activities. 

My new CD (can you believe it's number 14?) is coming out this summer.  It's entitled: "Each Time I Think Of You" by the Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet and it features the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961.  I'll try to post the CD cover on my page.

As many of you know, I've been perusing the legacy of the late great baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams.  It's been a pleasure recently to be working with his biographer, Gary Carner who's 700 page annotated discography & biography, "Pepper Adams' Joy Road' is coming out this summer.  Please visit Gary's comprehensive website on Pepper Adams:  With Gary I've been busy working on Pepper Adams Week in LA this October and here's what's happening:

Oct 17: Catalina's Bar & Grill
w/Gary Smulyan, Adam Schroeder, Eric Reed, Trevor Ware & Don Littleton
Oct 18: Crowne Plaza
CD Release w/Tribute Quintet: Nolan Shaheed, Jane Getz, Trevor Ware & Don Littleton
Oct 19: Soka University
Live Recording w/Tribute Quintet: Nolan Shaheed, Jane Getz, Trevor Ware & Don Littleton
Oct 20: Vibrato Grill Jazz
w/special guest: Gary Smulyan, Eric Reed, Pat Senatore & Ramon Banda

I'm also doing a preview of the Pepper Adams Tribute on June 20th at La Sierra University with the great bassist Henry "The Skipper" Franklin along with pianist Theo Saunders and the amazing young drummer Tony Austin.

Speaking of previews, I'm doing a preview of our new CD featuring the Byrd/Adams music on Aug 10th at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with the DFTQ.

That's about it!  Hope everyone is swinging into summer 2012!  Y'all have a Good'n!


For more info, please visit my website:

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