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

Pgh Complaint Choir, Summer Phun w/ Phat Man Dee, Korel sightings & more!

Hey! Bon jour! Guten tak! Shalom! Hola mi amigos!

I have so many things happening simultaneously I don't always get the word out in the timely fashion I would care too. If you want to know where/when I will be singing, please follow me on twitter or facebook or check my calendar online, I hit those up with far more frequency than I do the email and blog stuff. That said, here goes!

Tonight June 6, 2014! 2 gigs!
6 p.m. Gateway Center T Station DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH with the Pittsburgh Complaints Choir. Complaints Choir website for exact locations. Al performances are free.

This project was conceived of by Christiane D, poet, vocalist, artist liaisons officer at the Pittsburgh Arts Council. She and I wrote a song with Pastor Deryck Tines, Andrew the Impaled, the arrangement was done by Douglas Levine and we got all the actual complaints through her website, so really, we wrote it with the Citizens of Pittsburgh. So, tonight is debut performance and we will perform it every night at 6 p.m. of the next 10 days of the Arts Festival downtown, so check the

Later tonight on June 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Mr Smalls Theatre in Milvale, PA!

 I am part of the Creative.Life.Support Revival Series show featuring Drowning Clowns, the Wreckids, Grey's Fool and a reunion of one of my favorite collections of Pittsburgh musicians, Crisis Car! I will sing with Liz Berlin and Korel Tunador! I will also debut some brand new tunes, as of yet unreleased! Show is at 7:30, over 21 is FREE under 21 is $2 to get in.
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THIS SUNDAY June 8, 2014 at Equality on Ellsworth!

Event time is 4 pm, and I know Mayor Peduto, Councilman Bruce Kraus and poet Vanessa German are all on before me. Then I sing with the High Priestess of Pittsburgh Jazz, phenomenal pianist Ms Donna Davis! Don't miss this most excellent party, featuring local Drag Queens, the Re-52's (B 52's tribute band) and Charice of GLEE!  This event has a suggested donation of $10.
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Next FRIDAY June 13, 2014 at Howler's Coyote Cafe!  I am co hosting a ridiculous evening filled with way too much amazing stuff. Me and my friend, local rapper and event organizer, HollyHood shall co emcee and evening featuring my husband's band Amoeba Knievel, Weird Paul, burlesque artist and filmmaker Smokin' McQueen and nationally dubious freak rocker Andy D. Its a 21 and over show, $10 at the door. My sister's production company booked it, so I am sure it will be a drunken and raucous evening of unparalleled joy and tomfoolery.
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Then I think I get to work on video editing for a couple weeks and get my work from this past spring and winter online....before I go out to my summer festival season!

July 1-6 - SubGenius World Gathering at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, NY
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July 7 - 12 Sankofa Festival at Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, NY

This is a very exciting gig for me, for I am leading a choir, a pan spiritual and multi cultural choir of singers at the event during the week, and we are going to perform with my band "The Cultural District" on Sat July 12, 2014 on the mainstage and my musicians for the evening shall be the High Priestess of Pittsburgh Jazz, Ms. Donna Davis, saxophonist Roby Supersax Edwards, percussionist JT Smitty Smith, and guitarist Carlos Peña! We'll be sharing that evening with Macabre Noir of Steel City Burlesque Academy and her burlesque students from the festival as well as our troupe, Kabarett Vulagre! Come on out and join us as we get down with America's modern pagans, wiccans, druids, Voudoo and Goddess worshippers! It is a campground, so you need to bring a tent, and there are week rates, weekend rates, and day rates. Bonfires, workshops, cool vendors and artists from all over!
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Like I said, I am sorry for short notice on this weekend's stuff, but if you follow me on the twitter or the facebook or the web calendar, you can find out whats up as soon as I know it. I am honored to have you in my life and I appreciate sincerely your support of my work and the work of our community of wonderful artists and musicians. I hope you have a beautiful day and a beautiful summer. I hope our paths cross somewhere.
One love,

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