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
My grandparents have joined up with a traveling group that will be making a trip to Pittsburgh and Phillidelphia next spring. Part of the group contract is that they must have short term health insurance up to a certain level to ensure that if something happens and they need heart surgery or something else that is pretty severe they will be surely covered. Seems to make sense to me that they would require some level of dental plan too as there are quite a number of things that could go wrong there too. Anyway, my grandparents are quite excited about the trip. This is there time to really begin to see the country like they've always wanted and somehow they've managed to maintain the level of finances they need to do it and still be able to cover their other financial needs in the midst of this economy. I've heard a lot of different things about Pittsburgh (one of my best friends was born in Pittsburgh and is still a die hard Pirates fan, God bless him! I'm a Yankees fan so I really have a difficult time relating to how he feels) in terms of the safety of the city but I wondered if anybody had ideas of things for my grandparents to do during there visit. Are there any places that are really cool to visit that are a little off the beaten path? They're pretty big history buffs and would love to check out anything history related. They also are pretty big into sports and would love to check out all of the local stadiums and tour them if that's a possibility. Her touring group has some plans but also allows for some flexibility so that individuals can pursue things that interest them. If you have ideas, let me know - I'd love to hear them.

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