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

The Centennial of Ella Fitazgerald - April 25, 2017

/>On song ... Ella Fitzgerald in the 1950s. ;">Saturday 22 April 2017

Doubtless you’ve made special plans to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. If you require company, it’s provided by Remembering Ella (25 April, 8pm, Radio 2), hosted by Leo Green, which should glide smoothly into Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Song (25 April, 10pm, Radio 2) in which Petula Clark narrates her life story. Earlier in the day there’s Ella Fitzgerald: A Glorious Noise (25 April, 11.30am, Radio 4) with singer Mara Carlyle and a host of others celebrating her imperishable style.

Cathy FitzGerald’s documentary Mirrored, which was made for the World Service, gets another airing (27 April, 11.30am, Radio 4). FitzGerald’s programmes probe gently, which works better on the radio than anywhere else. Here she simply invites a number of people to inspect themselves in the looking glass, to say what they see and how it makes them feel. There’s a surprising amount of pain involved. There’s a schoolgirl who would set her clock early to allow enough time to apply foundation and a mother in her 50s describing the pangs she feels on seeing the clothes that once looked fabulous on her now looking fabulous on her daughters.

History is written by the victors. The victors in daily life tend to be those who live longest. Keeping In Touch (22 April, 3.45pm, Radio 4) is a drama presenting Joan Bakewell’s side to the story of her affair with Harold Pinter, which inspired his 1978 play Betrayal. Charlotte Riley and Colin Morgan play the lovers. Before that, Olivia Colman and Andrew Scott star in a repeat of the Radio 4 adaptation of Pinter’s original (22 April, 2.30pm, Radio 4). On the subject of recent history, Jonathan Freedland fronts an excellent Archive hour devoted to The 90s: A Holiday from History (22 April, 8pm, Radio 4), which goes to show just how easily the pace of change makes us forget the recent pas

Unjustly Maligned is a neat idea for a podcast. Antony Johnston invites a believer to make the case for a cultural artefact that consensus tends to deride. Thus you get people singing the praises of everything from Pretty Woman to the game of cricket. Of course, the whole point about consensus is it changes. However, it’s the essential unfairness of the premise that makes these conversations spark.

The increasing use of noise-cancelling headphones suggests more people are keeping the outside world at bay listening to immersive audio. Twenty Thousand Hertz investigates the role of audio professionals in our daily lives, from the engineering that ensures a car door closes with that reassuring finality to the Foley artists of Hollywood who synthesise the sounds of marine life using old kitchen equipment gathered at the pound shop. They take it seriously, for good reason. As one of them says, “hearing is feeling”.


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