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

Verna's Caribbean Vibes Steelband a 21-Year Celebration

Event Details

Verna's Caribbean Vibes Steelband a 21-Year Celebration

Time: August 29, 2009 from 5pm to 11pm
Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Street: 6300 Fifth Ave. (at Shady Ave.) Shadyside
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: (412) 241-4812
Event Type: 21-year, celebration
Organized By: Verna Crichlow
Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2009

Export to Outlook or iCal (.ics)

Event Description

Verna’s Caribbean Vibes Steelband

Join us in Transforming the corner of Fifth and Shady into a Caribbean Island Paradise. As we applaud former WYEP DJ Verna Crichlow and a 21-year celebration of her Caribbean Vibes Steel band. No need to travel to the Caribbean, We Bring the Islands to You!

Live performance by the Legendary Vibes Steelband, African Dance Performance, Limbo contest, Learn to Line Dance Caribbean Style, Live DJ playing World Beat.

Authentic Caribbean Cuisine, including: Roti and other Curried and Island foods, chicken, beef, goat, seafood, beans & rice and real meat pies. Enjoy plantain, tropical fruits, and a vegetarian menu with the same mouth watering flavors. Island Desserts including the famous: Verna Steel Vibe Rum Cake.

Guest band U.A.G. from Ohio will be in the house. Caribbean art will be on display, and some Haitian art and artifacts will also be on sale.

Cash Bar!

Mistress of Celebration: Verna Crichlow, Founder of Caribbean Vibes Steelband

R.S.V.P. Telephone 412) 241-4812( or

We Bring The Caribbean To You!

Donations benefit Holy Cross and Haiti Projects

Comment Wall


RSVP for Verna's Caribbean Vibes Steelband a 21-Year Celebration to add comments!

Join Pittsburgh Jazz Network

Attending (1)

Might attend (3)

Not Attending (2)

© 2023   Created by Dr. Nelson Harrison.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service