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


| Visit Guest Book

Age 73 of Green Tree, on Sun., Oct. 3, 2010. Beloved husband of Anne C. Hood; loving father of Scott (Kelly) Hood, Gretchen (Scott) Ecoff, Eric (Melissa) Hood & Kristen (David) Normile; adored Popi of Brandon, Zachary, Tyler, Rachel & Ava; brother of Marilyn (Chet) LaRue and the late Harlan (Madylon) Hood. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Scotty was a Pittsburgh jazz bassist who enjoyed a career spanning over five decades and played with many well-known local and national musicians. Friends welcome Wednesday 1-7 PM at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SVC., 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. Funeral service will be private. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh 15237 or to a charity of your choice.
Send condolences at

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from October 4 to October 5, 2010

Views: 169


You need to be a member of Pittsburgh Jazz Network to add comments!

Join Pittsburgh Jazz Network

Comment by Michele Bensen on October 6, 2010 at 6:30pm
I will miss my fellow musician nad dear friend, Scotty Hood. What a true talent and gentleman! Always a smile onhis face and had a database of classic jokes and wonderful stories. He was a real part of the Pittsburgh Jazz Community History that is so rich here. He came from the "Old School" anyone who had the chance of working with him had the opportunity to realize his knowledge of so many tunes. He could do it all. I know he was a wonderful family man and a loving husband, devoted to his wife Annie. They were in each others corner. His sense of humor always got me. RIP Scotty, you will be missed by many, we love you.
Michele Bensen
Comment by Dan Wasson on October 6, 2010 at 9:06am
Scotty was the first jazz musician I got a chance to meet and talk with when he was with Walt Harper at the (then) Sheraton South in the mid 70's. His kindness was unforgettable.
Comment by George C Jones on October 5, 2010 at 3:20pm
Great loss to the Pgh music scene. I'm so glad i had the opportunity to know and play music with him. every time we saw each other it was like a home coming. Miss you bro, your great sprit lives on.

Comment by Bill Trousdale on October 5, 2010 at 12:35am
Sad news for us on earth...will create a joyful noice forever.
Dear Anne, Family and friends the Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History salutes the music and accomplishments of a legendary Pennsylvanian Musician.
Thank You for sharing his life with us
Bill Trousdal

© 2023   Created by Dr. Nelson Harrison.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service