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
greetings to all non musicians on the site, I need to speak to you. As some of you know I have been away from pittsburgh for about 7 or 8 years now and even though some of you have never heard of me or heard me play, I am one of many musicians that has helped keep jazz alive in pgh.. After a long time away I am coming back home to a more vibrant music scene than when I left, however the criminal element lives in the Burgh too! What I mean is this, you CANNOT tape musicians playing locally no more than you can tape cats playing Heinz Hall. And for all of you arm chair lawyers WE DO HAVE RIGHTS! The law protects our craft and our work and to that affect you can be and should be sued!

There are great players that choose to live here although they can live any where else in the world. To coin an old saying, "you won't miss what you had until it's gone." Nonsense of this sort will have a musician packing to find a better scene. If you love us musicians Pittsburgh help protect us from music thieves, if you see someone recording your favorite musicians, go and ask the guys if they know they are being recorded! Recording musicians without there permission is theft plain and simple. The people who do this have no respect for the music, musicians, or our great legacy and need to be singled out and thrown out.

Brian E. Edwards

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