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

Second Line Saturdays w/ Phat Man Dee & the Cultural District!

There was a galactic and planetary shift of consciousness last December.
On the 21st we aligned with our solar system, the galaxy and the
universe....whether or not you spent the solstice hiding in a bunker
with a gross of rations and water purification tablets, in prayer with
drums and chanting to the moon or madly purchasing gifts to prove to
your loved ones that you really do care (I myself did a little of each, I
like to keep my bases covered), whatever happened for you or for me, I
am blessed to know you and have you in my world.

If you are in
Pittsburgh this Saturday Jan 12, 2013, I would honored if you would come
to NOLA on the Square, located at 24 Market Square in downtown
Pittsburgh, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and allow me the
opportunity to sing sweet songs in English, Spanish, French, some
original, some classic, with my trusty trio of jazz warriors, "The
Cultural District". With Tony DePaolis on bass, Miguel Sague III on
vocals and conga and Carlos Peña on guitar, at my side, we four
musicians will forge a union so musical that even the hardest among us
could not help but weep into their excellent bowl of gumbo.....Well, ok,
maybe I got excited, I don't usually get people crying into their food
at gigs, that would be awkward. But the gumbo is amazing, and so are my
musicians. Reservations are not required, but as there are few tables up
by the band, if you want a good seat, I suggest you make one.
For a reservation call 412-471-9100 or visit

am otherwise laying low this month. I am going back to school for some
more knowledge at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and I am in the process of
planning my podcast and focusing on speaking my dreams into reality. I
don't have too many public engagements right now, but there is an
incredible article written by Mr TC Brown in Equal Magazine, please pick
up a copy or you can read it online.

Check out the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh's new magazine! The article is on pages 22-23!! 

love having you in my life, thanks for being part of the world. If you
lost someone you love since last we spoke, my prayers go out to you in
one big love. I am sorry you lost them, but I am happy they were here
for the time that they could be here. Let's work to make this world a
better place to honor and remember them.


PS Casa
Rasta just bought a building and moved to 2056 Broadway in Beechview.
OMG jerk chicken tostadas.... the Quesofundido is to die for. They even
have vegetarian chorizo. Don't ask me how this possible. It's just
delicious. Rastafarian Mexicans in Pittsburgh.... whouda thunk??

PPS I went to the Warhol Museum today with some old and new friends who wanted to see what Pittsburgh was all about... and now we have some horrifying black and white silent video proof of why one should NEVER leave me unattended with a camera:
the warhol: PhatManDee's Screen Test

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