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

What You Will Find When You Search For Your Music Online

Indie Artist Insider, Indie Artists, SongCast University

Many of you have already answered the question “how do I get my music on iTunes”, and your music is available everywhere online, from iTunes to Spotify to Soundcloud. You might even have a website and a presence on social media. These are important steps in distributing your music, but what actually happens when people search for your music online? It might be the first result to pop up, but it also might be hard to find. Keep reading to find out what happens when someone searches for your music do I get my music on itunes

What you will find when you search for your music online all depends on something called Search Engine Optimization. When you Google something, there are billions of potential pages you could find. However, not many of them are very relevant to what you’re looking for. Search engines developed algorithms, or formulas, that determine which pages show up when certain words or phrases are searched. And your music could be in these results – if your webpages meet certain criteria.

There are over 200 factors that go into the formula that ranks search results, which will affect what happens when you search for your music online. Obviously, having a website is the first step. Even if you don’t know anything about programming or computer technology, there are a lot of sites, like BandPage or WordPress, that make it easy to create your own site.

Engaging with fans over social media is incredibly important for any band, and it will help you show up in search results as well. Websites become more popular when links to them are shared over Facebook, Twitter, etc. Videos are a great way to garner buzz, so upload your best content to YouTube as well.

Sites that are easy for Google to read are also more likely to show up when they are searched for. Include a site map, write everything in HTML, don’t post content that requires outside programs (like Flashplayer or Java) to access, and make it mobile friendly. Mobile friendly sites are a great resource to have, because most people these days use smart phones to look things up.

Including keywords throughout your band’s website is also important. Keywords are terms that are searched for often, like, for example, ‘Indie Music’ or ‘Indie Rock’, and by including them in your website content, you are creating relevant content for the user. Our tip is to only include keywords where there come up naturally, because stuffing keywords on your website could actually get you penalized by search engines. One important note – if your band name is a very common word, it will probably be very hard to find. So creating a more unique band name, if possible, might help people find your music.

Creating relevant content (and a lot of it) is the most important part of creating a website that will show up when people search for it online. This, again, should happen naturally, because you as a musician and artist are constantly creating things that people will want to see. The hard part is getting that content out to the public – but with all the tips you just learned, you should now be able to ensure people will find your music when they search for it online.

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