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
Passion Between the Sheets of Life, An Open Heart by Irene Brautigam. A trilogy, Book One.

" Many people do not know how to embrace all of the human emotions given to them, and instead they run from them, hide from them, deny them or just fear them altogether. Allowing ourselves the freedom to completely experience all forms of these emotions, and from the depths of one's being, can give us such power and energy. This overwhelming passion for life could ultimately relinquish us from all fear, including that of death. "

This is the true story about two passionate people whose lives collide, as if by fate. Watch as they reconnect in life and discover a love that is intense, addicting and tumultuous. Are they each other's divine destiny or are they on a path of leading to heart break.
This story is not only about the passion between these two people, but about having an almost overwhelming passion for all things in life.
It is bound to arouse the great passion that exists in all of us, and will release it from the depth of our hearts and souls.
In this, we will be able to not only achieve greater success in our relationships, but in all aspects of our lives.

About the Author

Irene Brautigam has lived in the heart of the Canadian Rockies her entire life. Born and raised by German immigrants, in the shadows of Heart Mountain, she grew up believing that the rest of the world lay just over its peak. When she reached adulthood, she planned to climb that mountain and find the countries she had only dreamed of. From her mid teens to her late twenties, she travelled extensively and discovered the riches that exist in the many unique and fascinating cultures of the world. Wherever she went, she felt at home and found an instant bond and love, for its people. It is through these travels that she developed a sometimes overwhelming passion for all things in life.

In 1980, at the age of 26, the author settled down to business and opened the first furniture store in Canmore, Alberta. Irene was married in 1988, on the peak of Heart Mountain and has two children. After seventeen years in the furniture business, she sold the company and retired to open a Bed and Breakfast and to raise her two children. In 2006 Irene became a Realtor. This was also to be the year she would discover the love of her life, who had been waiting for her for three years.

Watch for the second book in this trilogy Soul Mate coming soon.

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