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.






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At 9:46am on October 1, 2015, stella kwale said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 5:03pm on March 7, 2011, Doug Jackson said…

Thank you,Mandy.

I see you have kept the Class in Country,well done.


At 10:44pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Mandy Mason a gift
At 6:34pm on November 28, 2010, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. gave Mandy Mason a gift
At 6:45am on October 20, 2010, Adolfo Mayo said…
Wowww Mandy,
I am so pleasantly surprized that you are finally getting the divorce. Ut oh.... There's some news that is going to spread like wild fire all over Nashville! LOL!! Think you better bulk up on security until there's a Mr. Mandy in the picture. Hey, If you don't have anyone in mind!! LOL!! I'm just saying!! Anyway, now that your kidney stone is gone, you should start feeling a lot better physcally too. Wow girl! You are on the road to happiness and great health all at one time.
Love you Princess,
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At 5:31am on October 20, 2010, Allan Hatcher said…
Mandy, We haven't known eachother very long but, I think for anyone to get rid of a 6 mm kidney stone and a not so nice husband all in one week, is probably a reliefe in many ways! LOL!! I am so happy for you and your family. I think life is going to be a whole lot nicer for you now my friend. Congradulations on both c...hanges!
At 4:57am on October 20, 2010, Doc Martin said…
I am so proud of you. Through prayer and strength of God, you have moved forward in ridding your family of that terrible marraige. God has now set you free! No more prison of hell for you. You deserve the best and every happiness and I will do my best to make that happen.
Love you,
At 4:45am on October 20, 2010, Brotherman said…
Congrats on your divorce! I am so happy for you and your family. I know you have waited patiently for this for many years. You have the patients of a Saint girl.
I love ya baby!
At 11:01pm on October 6, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hi Mandy,

I dig your music. Excellent writing and delivery. Great musicianship. AND you have your own sound. Very special. Thanks for sharing.
At 8:40pm on September 26, 2010, Allan Hatcher said…
I am so sorry that I did not get to see your performance at the Preston Sat. night. From what the guys say, it was fantastic as always! Love your new pics. I will see you at 82 this Sat.
At 7:37pm on September 26, 2010, Brotherman said…
Doc, I couldn't agree more with you about Mandy's new pictures. The only thing I would like to add is "Our Princess is even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside." You did a great job at The Preston on Sat. night Mandy as always,
Love you,
At 7:15pm on September 26, 2010, Doc Martin said…
OMG!!! I knew when I took these pictures of you on Saturday night at the Preston that they were going to be great but your beauty always amazes me!! I love the new pics. and your new profile picture. It's also stunning to think that these pictures don't even do you justice in comparison to you real life beauty. I stand in awe Princess!
At 5:32pm on September 21, 2010, Doc Martin said…
OK, what's this about the clowns? Should I be worried? Not for you, for them!!! LOL!!! You may be the Princess of The People of Tennessee but your my baby!!! I am so proud of you! You are going to have so much fun with the Clowns and it's for such a great cause. I know that the children of The Children's Shriners Hospitals appreciate your every effort on their behalf. You are such a great and selfless person. No wonder everyone loves you so much.
At 6:14pm on September 14, 2010, Brotherman said…
Did somebody say "The Olive Garden?" I haven't had lunch yet. Wanna meet at 1:00. See you there! By the way, great blog Sue!!
At 5:56pm on September 14, 2010, Doc Martin said…
Hey Princess,
I was shocked to see the blog go up by Sue. She's never blogged before has she? Anyway, I guess the secret is now out and all of the Olive Oil in Nashville will be gone by tomorrow!! LOL!! I think Susan should have also mentioned how healthy and delicious olive oil is for consumption. I love dipping bread sticks in it with fresh garlic and basil! Oh geeze! Now I want to go to the Olive Garden for lunch! Tell Sue great job on the blog,
At 4:30pm on September 12, 2010, Doc Martin said…
Hey Baby! I am so glad you recognized Cowboy in a blog! He is so professional and does such a great job. Knowing he is there for you makes all of us feel a little safer every time you step on a stage. He does a great job of keeping every one safe. Thank you Cowboy!
At 11:48am on September 7, 2010, Marion James said…
I want to thank you so much for being a very important part of the Nashville Annual Blues Reunion. You did a wonderful job and Bobby Hebbs family also appreciated you acknowledging them during this time of mourning. Your performance was great and your expressions of love, sacrifice and contribution were impecable. I am so glad we are friends and also I don't want to leave out your little boys Dennis and Bruce. They are learning the valuable lesson of giving from the heart from you. They will take that with them the rest of their lives and it will help to make them be strong and loving men. You are a great talent, a great friend and a great Mom.
I love you girl,
At 5:53am on September 7, 2010, Doc Martin said…
OMG!!!!! Brotherman is being so conservative when he says you were amazing at the Blues Reunion last night! Girl, you burned the barn down!! Next to James Brown, I have never seen a stronger live performance in my life!! It was such an honor to be on that gig with you. I am so proud of you! I am also so glad that your strongest performance was for such a great and noble cause. After last night, there is now no question that you are truly "The Outlaw Princess of Nashville!" Congratulations on a job very, very well done Princess!
At 5:28am on September 7, 2010, Brotherman said…
Hey you!
You were amazing at last nights Blues Reunion as were all of the great artists that were there. I was so touched when you asked Bobby Hebbs family to stand for recognition. God was smiling on your performance last night. I have never heard you do a stronger show or seen you looking more radiant. As always, you left me and the audience astounded and wanting more.
I love you girl!
At 6:58pm on September 5, 2010, Brotherman said…
Hi Sweetie,
I just wanted to thank you so much for doing your typical fantastic job last night at the Pig Gig. You were amazing as always and I am sending you a big hug! Today should be a lot of fun doing the Blues Reunion together. I look forward to gracing the stage with Our Little Princess today.
Love you Sweetie,

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