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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       In Her Own Words

Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas's Comments

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At 6:27am on March 10, 2014, Byron G. Curtis said…

Jazzy Lady

to Elizabeth (Betty) Asche Douglas

fourth draft, March 9, 2014


Her face—engrained in walnut hues.

Her tones—the strains of jazz and blues.

Her tune she scats to the sax-man’s cues.

She lilts, she shouts, she growls, she coos.


She slings a note; it swings askew.

It stings—and then she sings it true.

And true’s the Tale, though black and bruised,

for bluesin’ pays its Gospel dues.


Her rhythms rise and writhe and rhyme;

She syncopates in dotted time;

and justice, grace, and peace entwine:

her vining themes ply line by line.


It’s hard, when young, to sing the blues.

She’s wrung the years in prayer and pew,

and placed her bets, and lost a few,

and dug the ashes for the clues.


So mix the sorrow with the song,

and hope tomorrow shall belong

to flights of sparrows waxing strong,                     

when God sets right a world so wrong.

At 2:14pm on August 21, 2012, buce turek said…

ebad......... who's your accompanist?

At 12:44am on November 22, 2011, Jere B said…

Hello Sister Betty, I had a great time meeting and talking with you this past Saturday at Kevin Amos' "Each One Reach One" - I am enjoying your DVD and looking forward to speaking with you again soon - Remember SounDoctrine @ CJs this Saturday at 8PM!!

At 12:12am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 12:12am on January 15, 2011, orban julia said…
At 11:50pm on October 8, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
I am so sorry I missed your performance on the 2nd however I was in Washington Dc for the NAACP march on Washington on the 2nd
At 12:03am on April 16, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
It is great to see you!! I will officially be back the first week of June. I have new music, new direction, and so much to share with not just Pgh but the world! And all coming out of Pittsburgh!!!! Anyway, look forward to seeing you soon! Stay tuned to the page as I bring it to life.
Peace Be With you,
At 1:31am on September 3, 2009, Brother Black said…
Thanks for being my Jazz Buddy !
You sound great !!
At 11:42pm on August 8, 2009, patricia Joyce Zimmerman said…
Thanks so much for the invite, I got terribly lost and was so frustrated I just went back home. So sorry I missed it, I will make a point to know exactly where I'm going the next time. You had a fantastic evening.
I'm sure you were more than usual!

At 3:27pm on April 21, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It was nice to meet you at the Jazz Marathon. Your show was great.

Best Wishes,

At 9:20am on October 23, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Ms Douglas,
I am honored and pleased to be your friend here on the network! I sincerely hope I will get to meet, play and talk about art and music with you someday soon.
Have a blessed day!
At 2:40am on September 12, 2008, Elli Fordyce said…
Hi Betty:

How was LA for you? Sorry to not get back sooner, I forget to check them all -- so many great sites now.

Elli (new site, in progress)
At 2:44am on September 1, 2008, Debi Sciranka said…
I hope that we get a chance to meet there! Debi
At 5:44pm on August 31, 2008, Debi Sciranka said…
Here is the exact link for the Thad Mosley event -
At 5:34pm on August 31, 2008, Debi Sciranka said…
Thanks! Will you be able to make it to the Oliver Lake concert? Would you be interested in volunteering? Check out more on our website

Beautiful sculpture -- do you know about the MCAI event this Friday at the New Hazlett Theater honoring Thaddeus Mosley? You might be interested -- see the info on

At 8:03am on August 25, 2008, Phat Man Dee said…
Thank you for your kind words, you are so beautiful, I really hope I can see you somewhere around before too long, I am so happy Nelson put this forum together so I can have the honor of meeting musicians of such high caliber.
At 7:32pm on August 6, 2008, Keith Haskins said…
The pleasure was ALL MINE! I enjoyed vibing with you as well. Hope we can wing it again......soon!
At 1:42pm on August 4, 2008, Elli Fordyce said…
Hi All:

I'm making my re-debut in Cleveland (after 30+ years since playing there several times, in the dark ages) on Aug. 20, 7pm, at Nighttown in Cleveland Hts. Anyone who feels like hopping over there or who knows folks in that area, please feel free to pass this on.

Thanks, I don't have the hometown advantage so hope to get a little help w/ spreading the word, eh?


Elli Fordyce
At 9:35pm on July 29, 2008, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…
Thank you and thanks for the information!
At 7:21pm on July 29, 2008, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…
I enjoy your music.

Bobby Fulton

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