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

Once Again - Please vote for this entry in the John Lennon Song Contest

DAY 28 #Throwback! Exactly two years ago I posted this rap to remind everyone to vote for "This Isn't Art" in the @thejlsc! Today a song I collaborated on with Razteria needs your same vote! So please vote #OnceAgain in the #WorldCategory:! Special shout out to Sapient for the beat that's playing in the background! He is a SUPER dope producer/artist from Portland that y'all should follow as well! -0:49 981 Views Rahman Jamaal added a new video. April 28, 2015 · The full verse. @theJLSC #BlackLoveMatters #Baltimore #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter #CivilUnrest #protest #music #justice #revolution Lyrics: Only 3 days left I need everybody in life to stay blessed Amidst the unrest which isn't done yet This is just the beginning of what's to come next A complete revolution of thought, mind, and spirit Some of us are blind and are not trying to hear it So we fall behind, come off as ignorant As long as our jobs provide us insurance But we don't live in the same world as our parents The social landscape today is different Gotta think ahead, project, or bring lyrics For the best of our future minds to see clearest It's a chess game, if you ain't on the board You're in the middle of civil war with no sword Distracted by an enemy who language you stored That eventually became words you couldn't afford to use... ...think about that if you're confused We all need security, or we'll lose. Will you choose currency... or the truth?

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