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

Christopher Dean Sullivan
pianist/vocalist Mala Waldron
vibraphonist Jay Hoggard
drummer Bobby Sanabria

“Christopher Dean Sullivan makes a strong case for his essential presence in the ensemble with, yes,
some ostinatos but also with an openly free interactive melodic sense that goes perfectly well with the wide-ranging ideas expressed by his bandmates.”
~ Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review
Bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan
Recipient of various New York State Congress, Senate Proclamation,
Assembly and Municipality Arts awards, as well as the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts Champion for the Arts Award.
He has shared the stage in performance, and/or recorded, with Archie Schepp, Sheila Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Odean Pope,
Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Jordan, just to name a few.

....”Sophisticated Lady receives a swinging treatment, calling forth a sweet bass solo from Sullivan”
~ Philip van Vleck, BILLBOARD critics’ choice

Chris has been working and touring his own ensemble projects over the past few years.
In this project he brings with him some of his music friends and colleagues:
Mala Waldron:
“Her voice and delivery have an earnestness and sincerity,
while her touch on piano is confident ... Impressive.” - George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly,

Jay Hoggard:
“Jay Hoggard has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators.
Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy.
He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone.” – ALL About Jazz

multi-Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria:
“Bobby Sanabria is equally adept at the swinging big band sounds of drummers Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson
along with another boyhood hero, fusion pioneer Billy Cobham and timbale titan Tito Puente.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
“An extra twist is that this new music is largely acoustic rather than electro-acoustic and the richness of the textures,
especially Sullivan’s swooning double bass, is such that the music doesn’t feel at all flimsy.”
~ Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise (UK)
The Passion of the Performance is The Joy that Lies Within the Inner Sight of that Which Initiates the Feeling of the Surrounding Vibration,
Derived From the Silence of Those that Listen…ya digg

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