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

Tomorrow Phat Man Dee at Savoy & next week at BRGR!

I hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful weather currently
blessing Pittsburgh. I am chugging along, making progress here and
there, making new fans wherever I can and expanding the community of
phabulous and phreaky jazz lovers, be it in a room filled with sideshow
dancers and burlesque glass walkers, in fancy high end jazz supper
clubs or gourmet burger joints with delicious parmesan dusted french

Last week's show at the Rex with Atrocity was
amazing, if you couldn't make it, then you missed me playing my cello
in public for the first time in the better part of a decade. I found my
cello teacher, Paul Critser, from when I studied in high school at
Centers for the Musically Talented, on the net and lucky for me, he is
still teaching and lives within 5 miles of my home. He is still
running his youth orchestra, he still plays for the Ballet and Opera
orchestras, the only thing that seems to have changed about him is that
now he rides for hundreds of miles at a stretch in bicycle rides. So
for Atrocity I wore a new dress made by Zoe Collins of Threadneedle St
and played Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" on my cello and
accompanied myself as I sang it. I was terrified. However, nothing
exploded, I didn't gack any notes too much and I think that if you
missed it last week, then you have a chance to see it tomorrow at the
Savoy in Pittsburgh!

I am singing 2 songs as part of a
benefit tomorrow, one of which will be "'Round Midnight" on cello.
The event is called "AfternoonTimeJazz" Saturday May 26, 2012 from
5:00pm until 10:00pmIt is the first Annual Benefit Fundraiser for
ProMusica Pittsburgh's Summer Young Artists Residency Program, and
Summer Choral Intensive Institute.
The show will feature Lilly
Abreu, Maureen Budway, Phat Man Dee, Gene Stovall, Michael Jackson
with the Howie Alexander Quartet.
Tickets are available online at
Tickets are $10.00 in Advance & $15.00 at the door
For more information visit us online at
Facebook page:
SAVOY Restaurant & Lounge is located at:
2623 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

tomorrow night, my sweet husband, Tommy Amoeba, will be playing at
Gooski's with Young Brokaw & his group "Amoeba Knievel"
Live and in person appearing at Gooski's for one night only! I will get there after the Savoy hit.

More info:

next week I will appearing next Friday, June 1, 2012 with my good
friends Carlos Peña (guitar) and Miguel Sague III (conga, vocals and
bandleader of Guaracha Latin Dance Band) at BRGR in East Liberty- a
fine, meatly establishment, which offers a variety of specialty burgers
with a sexy blend of angus chuck, sirloin, NY Strip and ribeye,
American Kobe Beef & salmon also available. 10 pm - midnight! No
cover! Come support live music, they are hosting live bands on their
patio every Fri all summer long!
Facebook event page:
BRGR is located at 5997 Penn Circle South Pittsburgh, PA 15206

am gearing down from my local appearances, with summer comes
festivals and on the horizon I am appearing at X Day at Wisteria,
Starwood at Wisteria and Summerfest at Brushwood. There are some local
things that may come up and as always I will keep you appraised.

For more info about the festival shows here are some web links:

X Day for members of the Church of the  Subgenius ONLY:
July 2 - 8 "2012"

Starwood, a celebration of diversity and alternatives in belief systems, lifestyles, and spirituality.
July 10-16, 2012

Summerfest at Brushwood, a Sanctuary for the Open Mind:
July 23 – 29, 2012

2nd Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival 2012
August 4th 2012 in Cleveland, OH at The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

last thing..... I will send out a reminder, but I'm a gonna be on the
tv! End of June, look for the new tv show "The Culinary Adventures of
Baron Ambrosia" on the Cooking Channel (a Food Network Channel) I am
in the season finale. I don't want to give away who the special guest
is..... but it's pretty exciting stuff.
Here's the info with air times and everything:
More info about the Baron:

I will see you when I see you and not a moment before, but try not to keep me waiting.... I miss you!

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