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

Psychedelic haunted maze, World Premiere Video debut!!

Hello friends, 

I hope your fall is progressing in a fashion not unlike the falling leaves, bursts of brilliant of colors, beauty, a crisp clarity and then chaotic falling so that the new growth can appear when waiting is fulfilled come next Spring! Things are changing, if I have learned one thing on this earth, everything changes and it can be good and it can be bad and sometimes you can't tell immediately which is which.... but we are here and we are doing the best we can. We’re all working every day to speak life into the world with our words and deeds. My words and deeds have led me to some incredibly exciting experiences these past few weeks. I have met my childhood heroes and found them more human than I expected. I have made music with geniuses and fools and found something sacred in all of it. I am working on a new song right now, it goes "I never belonged anywhere and so I went everywhere - And everywhere I took my temple with me". If you would like to worship with me in the ways of my people (which can include is not limited to music, sideshow marvelry and psychedelic blinky monster mazes) please check out the 2 really exciting shows I have this month!! 

This Friday October 16, I am at at a new venue in Lawrenceville called “Spirit” with my old friends David Apocalypse, Andrew the Impaled and his new apprentice, Fangs the Clown! They have formed a new group to help create madness and mayhem through the mediums of sideshow and music called “Stranger Dangerous Sideshow”! Here is a picture of the maze, I can’t wait to see it and sing for the nice people who come to it! My sweet husband tommy Amoeba will be playing the following Friday on Oct 23 with Amoeba Knievel!!! 


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The other show I am totally stoked about is the Creative.Life Support Revival I will be doing at Mr Smalls theater on Wednesday October 28, 2015! 

We are presenting a  World Premiere of Video Shorts by "Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee" We are going to show some of the videos we have edited so far from the hundreds of hours of footage we shot of my musical collaborations in Europe. We are very lucky to have my friend Moe Seager, an American jazz poet who lives in Paris, we shot video together on a bridge over Canal St. Martin, join us for a set, as well as my friend Maria Hamer’s Level One Bellydance students. Maria and her sister Christine Andrews both appeared in my very first Take It to the Bridge video before I departed on the journey. My friend and videographer who accompanied me on this journey will also be performing a number, Smokin’ McQueen

Mr. Smalls is located at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA! Please register for your free ticket online: The show is free, but if you register for and redeem the ticket your request online, the act you register for will get $1 from the club. More info about how the CLS Revival series works in great article by Pittsburgh City Paper:

I did my video internship at Mr Smalls through the Creative.Life.Support program and I am really excited to be bringin the work “home” so to speak. Hope to see you there for an evening of wonderful performances and video of the journey you all helped me make!! 

Please make some time for me to adore you in person. I hope to see you. If you cannot make it, know all my music is online and anything you get helps me make the next thing…..

New album:

Previous albums:

Thank you for being in my world and thank you for allowing me into yours, 


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