Central PA Friends of Jazz

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Program Ads and Donor Listings Due Today

Be sure to order your advertising or listing for the Festival/Fall Concert Series Program by August 17th!   

Our annual Festival/Fall Concert Series Program is distributed from August 27th to November 29th at all Central PA Jazz Festival events and Fall Concerts including the Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival at Ft. Hunter.  (This year we will be displaying the Program online as well.)

We invite you to help support our Festival and Fall Series by purchasing an ad in the CPFJ Program - or list your name as a CPFJ Donor.  Please donate or purchase an ad by August 17th to be included in the 2015 Program.

Advertise - take an ad in the Program Book - you can advertise your business, your new CD, leave a message of support for CPFJ, or honor the memory of a friend.  All ads are black and white (grayscale) - if you need help, we can design one for you.  To purchase an ad - please call the CPFJ Office to discuss size - 717-540-1010 or send us an email - cpfjoffice@gmail.com 

List your name as a supporter in the program - there are many categories from Band Member to Festival Underwriter and all of the funds go to this and future Central PA Jazz Festivals and concerts - help us maintain our high standards of music and keep the tradition alive - any amount is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

To order by mail - print out THIS FORM!


Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Festival Riverboat Cruise - 5:30-8:30pm
City Osland
Harrisburg, PA
U.S [map]
Price: $10 for the cruise

The Dave Stahl Quintet featuring Tom Strohman (reeds) Tim James (keys) Kevin MacConnell (bass) & Lew Leabman (rums) will perform for our Festival Riverboat Cruise.  


Tickets are only available from the Riverboat Society's website or by calling 717-234-6500.  The boat will be anchored at the City Island dock from 5:30-7:30 and the cruise is from 7:30-8:30pm - the band will play from 5:30-8:30.  Food and drink is available.

Dave Stahl is originally from the Reading area and has had a stellar career as a trumpet player.  He has performed with Buddy Rich, Lisa Minelli, Count Basie and many other major stars.  

Don't forget to support the "Jazzin' on The Pride" series of live music events every Thursday through the summer months from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  See the schedule on their website or in our CPFJ newsletter - The ViBE!  (available on this website)

Friday, August 28th, 2015

2015 Central PA Jazz Festival Pass
Purchase your 2015 Festival Pass here.

      8/28  Four Bands in one venue

  8/29  Freddy Cole Quartet & Eddie Henderson Quintet

  8/30  Six Bands at Indian Echo Caverns

 2015 Central PA Jazz Festival Pass includes entrance to the 8/28/15 Jazz Party at River City Blues Club, 8/29/15 Jazz concert @ Gretna Theatre, and the 8/30/15 Jazz Picnic at Indian Echo Caverns.   Tickets for the Riverboat Cruise on 8/27/15 must be purchased from the Pride of the Susquehanna's website -  http://harrisburgriverboat.com/ 

The 8/29 Jam Session at the Mt. Gretna Hideaway is FREE!


Gen. Adm. Premium = $52     Gen. Adm. Standard = $46     Gen. Adm. Value = $42

Member Admission Premium = $48     Member Admission Standard = $43     Member Admission Value = $40

Student = $21

Tickets are General Admission by section at the 8/29 concert.


Friday, August 28th, 2015

2015 Festival Jazz Party - 7PM - 12:30AM
River City Blues Club - 819 S Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA
(717) 525-8926 [map]
Price: All tickets $15 at the door: Advance tickets -$12 Adults; $10 CPFJ Members; $5 Students

FRIDAY, AUG. 28TH - 35th Anniversary JAZZ PARTY   7pm - Midnight



Live jazz from 7:00PM - 12:30AM in the beautiful new River City Blues Club, 819 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg PA. 

We will have four bands playing on both floors of the building with food and drink available. 

Come out and celebrate 35 years of GREAT JAZZ with us.

alita    ken paulbilleddie  

Introducing vocalist Alita Moses - winner of the Montreaux Jazz Fest vocal Competition - with Steve Rudolph (keys), Kevin MacConnell (bass) & Conner Saltzer (dr)

Rue de la Pompe - gypsy swing ensemble - Ken Gehret (guit) 

Paul Bratcher Organ Trio

Trumpet Summit with Eddie Severn, Bill Perbetsky, Tim Thompson, Kirk Reese Trio and more!

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Mt. Gretna Hideaway - JAM SESSION
Central PA Festival Jam Session - 3-6pm
40 Boulevard Avenue
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064
USA [map]
Price: FREE!

Join us for an open Jazz Jam Session on the deck of the Mt. Gretna Hideaway on Saturday, August 29th from 3-6pm - part of the 35th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival.  All aspiring jazz musicians are welcome to sit in with Kirk Reese's Triofeaturing Fred Griggs (dr) and Steve Meashey (bass).  (Bass players please bring your instrument - piano & drums supplied) 

The Hideaway is only a few blocks from our concert site, the Gretna Theatre, where Freddy Cole and Eddie Henderson will be featured at 7:30 that evening.  Make it a full day of jazz and come by and listen before going to the big show.  While you're there, don't forget to sample some of the Hideaway's cuisine.  Reservations are available only in the dining room - 717.675.7987.


Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Central PA Jazz Festival - CONCERT
Central PA Jazz Festival Concert - 7:30PM
Mt Gretna Playhouse - 200 Pennsylvania Ave
Mt Gretna, PA 17064 [map]
Price: $30/$24/$20

Two great bands are featured at this year's Festival

at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse on August 29th!!



 Freddy Cole Quartet featuring Bootsie Barnes, Elias Bailey & Quentin Baxter

& the Eddie Henderson Quintet

featuring George Cables, Billy Hart, Eric Alexander & Doug Weiss

Produced by the Central PA Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) and Gretna Music


Tickets also available from Gretna Music  - online  or call them at 717-361-1508

This concert is in tribute to Leesa Crnogorac - a faithful supporter of CPFJ and Gretna Music

We thank Tom and Donna Weik for underwriting this event in her memory.


The 35th Annual Festival concert will be held in the fabulous Mt. Gretna Playhouseand is co-produced by Gretna Music.
The program is underwritten by Tom & Donna Weik and dedicated to the memory of Leesa Crnogorac, one of the longtime supporters of CPFJ and Gretna Music.

The evenings “Legends” include vocalist /pianist Freddy Cole and his quartet. Freddy is the brother of Nat “King” Cole and has been thrilling audiences with his interpretations of the American Songbook through more than 20 recordings and thousands of performances. People Magazine states: “Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.”  Freddy will feature the Philadelphia based saxophonist Bootsie Barnes.


The second band is the Eddie Henderson’s Quintet with special guests Billy Hart (dr), George Cables (piano),
Eric Alexander (sax), and Doug Weiss (bass). Eddie Henderson got his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong and went on to join Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Band in the early ‘70’s. He has since built a reputation as one of the leading jazz musicians in the world. His group is an all-star ensemble and promises to bring great energy and excitement to the Festival. This is quite a lineup of jazz luminaries - don’t miss a great evening of jazz in this beautiful venue.


CPFJ thanks to Gretna Music and Tom & Donna Weik for making this event possible.
Mt. Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave, Mt Gretna, PA 1706


Tickets are General Admission by section, so get there early for best seating.  

Adults/premium = $30

Adults/standard = $24

CPFJ Members / Premium - $26

CPFJ Members / Standard - $20

Students = $12


Sunday, August 30th, 2015

35th Central PA Jazz Festival - PICNIC
Central PA Jazz Festival - PICNIC - 1:30-7:30 PM
Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Rd. PA 17036
Hummelstown, PA 17036
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: $15 Adults - $10 Members - $5 Students - Children under 12 FREE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH - 1pm - 7pm

CPFJ returns to Indian Echo Caverns again this year for our annual Picnic and are pleased to
present some of the best musicians from Central PA and beyond at this event.
Featured performers include:

1PM  -  Andy Roberts Quartet - pianist Andy Roberts has a new CD and is bringing the recording ensemble to the picnic. 

Tom Strohman (sax), John Riley (drums), and Steve Meashey ( bass) will perform with Andy.

2PM  -  CPFJ Youth Band directed by Ron Waters - our own ensemble of talented young jazz musicians - always inspirin

3PM - The Hammond Brothers - Drummer Phil Haynes trio that features Paul Bratcher (organ) & Jim Yanda (guitar)

The Lower Paxton Township Variety Band - an 18 piece ensemble playing big band favorites and more.

4PM  -  The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet - all the way from Scranton PA, this band features Marko (drums),
Tom Hamilton (sax), Paul Rostock (bass), Bob Velez (perc.) & Bill Washer (guitar)

5PM  -  The Lower Paxton Township Variety Band - an 18 piece ensemble playing big band favorites and more.

6PM  -  No Last Call - Harrisburg’s legendary hit & run street band makes it’s second dynamic appearance at the Picnic.

We will be under the pavilion (rain or shine) at Indian Echo - they also has several picnic areas, a petting zoo, mini golf, a prospecting mill, gift shop, tours of the Caverns, and much more. Bring the kids and make a day of it!

Ticket prices include beverages and there will be food available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket.

Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036, 717.566.8131