Central PA Friends of Jazz


Upcoming Dates

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

34th Annual Cent. PA Jazz Festival - Riverboat Cruise

Jazz Cruise - 5:30-8:30pm

Pride of the Susquehanna - City Island
Harrisburg, PA [map]
Price: $10

Join us for a jazz cruise on the Susquehanna - food and drink available.  You may get tickets ($10) at the Pride of the Susquehanna website. (limited seating so order early!!)  


Back by popular demand is "The Dave Stahl Quintet with Tom Strohman" - music begins at 5:30 and ends at 8:30 .

Dave Stahl, Trumpet - Tom Strohman, Sax/Flute -  Lew Leabman, Drums - Rob Cochran, Bass - Tim James, Piano


Friday, August 8th, 2014

Central PA Jazz Festival - JAZZ PARTY

JAZZ PARTY - 5:00 - 11:30pm

1500 6th St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102
United States [map]


The new event in this year's Festival is Friday's Jazz Party.  We will have live music in three venues at one address, the 1500 Building on N. 6th St., Harrisburg.  The Party starts wiith Ben Mauger's New Orleans Five playing on the Patio of the 1500 Bldg from 5-7pm.  Restaurants Café 1500 & Crawdaddy's will have live jazz and CPFJ will host Jazz Under the Stars with popular vocalist Diane Wilson Bedford and Jimmy Wood's Trio on the beautiful roof patio from 8-11:30pm.   A limited number of tickets (150) are available ($12/$10) for the roof event and there will be a bar and light fare available on the roof.  Tickets available here or you may call the CPFJ Office (717-540-1010) to reserve yours today.

Jazz Under the Stars Tickets: 

  Crawdaddy's is honoring legendary area drummer Sammy Banks that evening with music by Danny Stuber's Trio from 6:30-9:30pm and Café 1500 features the Jonathan Ragonese Trio from 7-10pm.. The music in Crawdaddy's and Cafe 1500 does not have a cover charge....dining is suggested.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Central PA Jazz Festival - PICNIC

JAZZ PICNIC - 2-7 p.m.

Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Rd,
Hummelstown, PA 17036
7175668131 [map]
Price: $15 Adults - $10 Members - $5 Students - Children under 12 FREE

The Saturday Jazz Picnic has a found a great new home this year – Indian Echo Caverns.  Located just off the Hummelstown exit of Hwy. 322 between Hershey and Harrisburg, they have many activities for families including a petting zoo, gift shop and more.  There are also tours of the caverns available as well .  Food may be purchased or you can bring your own basket of goodies.  Our CPFJ Youth Band directed by Ron Waters, will perform as well as several great area bands - including the Larry Marshall Trio & Greg & Tom Strohman - with live music from 2-7 p.m.   Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for CPFJ members and $5 for students (children under 12 are free)

Complimentary beverages are included in the ticket price. Tickets are available in this issue of The ViBE, from www.friendsofjazz.org or you may call the CPFJ Office at 717-540-1010



Picnic Performance Schedule:

2pm     Larry Marshall Quartet featuring Willie Morales, Jim Wood & Bob Meashey

3pm     Central PA Youth Band directed by Ron Waters

4pm     tgDivergence - Greg & Tom Strohman

5pm     Sonia Vrooman Group

6pm     No Last Call Band

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Central PA Jazz Festival - CONCERT

Central PA Jazz Festival Concert - 7:30-10pm

Mt Gretna Playhouse - 200 Pennsylvania Ave
Mt Gretna, PA 17064 [map]

Two great bands close out this year's Festival

at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse!!

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

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


Lee Smith Sextet - "Sittin' on a Secret"  (9pm)

Legendary Philadelphia bassist Lee Smith recently released a new CD, ” Sittin' on a Secret”, and he brings the strong voices from his recording ensemble to the Gretna Playhouse – Marc Adler (flute), Tim Thompson (trumpet), Tim Warfield (sax), Joshua Richmond (piano), and Justin Faulkner (drums - you may remember Justin as our guest at last year’s Festival jam session).  Early in his career, Lee was bassist for R&B artists Billy Paul and the Delphonics.  He then toured for five years with Mongo Santamaria and since that time he has performed with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Roberta Flack as well as his own ensembles.  Lee is also known as a great teacher, having schooled his son - jazz star bass player Christian McBride.


Hendrik Meurkens' Samba Jazz Quartet    (7:30pm)

New York based Hendrik Meurkens, a harmonica and vibraphone virtuoso, will appear with his New York Samba Jazz Quartet that features Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov and Brazilian musicians Gustavo Amarante – bass & Adriano Santos  -  drums.   Hendrik has been a frequent visitor to Central PA in the last 15 years and is known world wide as a true master of his instruments.  He lived in Brazil for several years, absorbing the music and culture of that unique civilization.  After moving back to Germany and establishing himself as the “new jazz harmonica voice”, he made the move to New York, thanks to an exclusive contract with the prestigious label, Concord Records. He has since recorded fifteen albums, and continues to perform as both a guest artist, and with his own groups, in festivals and clubs globally.  We are thrilled to have all of these wonderful artists performing at the closing concert of our 34th annual Central PA Jazz Festival. 

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Central PA Jazz Festival - JAM SESSION

Central PA Jazz Festival - JAM SESSION - 3:30-6:30 p.m.

The Timbers Restaurant, 350 Timber Rd
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064
(717) 964-3601 [map]
Price: $5

We are happy to have our Festival Jam Session at the Timbers Restaurant in Mt Gretna this year.  Our evening concert is in the Gretna Playhouse, so we suggest you come to the Timbers before the concert and enjoy the jam session while you dine on their wonderful cuisine. ( There is no food at the Playhouse.)  


Jonathan Ragonese will be coming home from NYC to lead the jam session - all aspiring jazz musicians are welcome to sit in - musicians who play get in FREE!

Admission is $5 for adults, all students, children, and musicians who sit in are free.  

Tickets for the August 10th Jam Session:  Please make reservations with The Timbers Restaurant, (717) 964-3601 - cash or check only!
You will be charged at the door - limited seating!