Central PA Friends of Jazz

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

36th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival
36th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival
Various Central PA Sites!
Harrisburg, Hummelstown, Mt. Gretna & More [map]


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AUGUST 11-15, 2016

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016   11:30am-1pm
Festival Kickoff Concert & JazzMobile
Strawberry Square Atrium, 2nd & Walnut, Harrisburg PA & various sites

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016   5-8:30pm
Riverboat Jazz Cruise
on the Pride of the Susquehanna
City Island Harrisburg $10

Friday, August 12, 2016 7pm - Midnight
Festival Jazz Party
at River City Blues Club, 819 South Cameron St., Harrisburg PA
Four Bands - Continual music on both floors!
Food and drink available - $15

Saturday, August 13, 2016 11am - 12:30pm
Jazz Workshop
Jonathan Ragonese - Harrisburg Art Association, Front St. Hbg.- FREE

Saturday, August 13, 2016 3-6pm
Jazz Jam Session
at the Hideaway, Mt Gretna PA
All aspiring jazz musicians welcome to sit in with Kirk Rese's Trio.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 7:30pm
Festival Concert
in Mt. Gretna Playhouse,
200 Pennsylvania Ave, Mt Gretna, PA,
featuring Houston Person Quartet & More!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016 1-7pm
Jazz Picnic
at Indian Echo Caverns
featuring five bands, food, and fun!

Monday, August 15   7-9:30

River City Big Band

River City Blues Club, 819 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg PA

Stay tuned for more information
as we finalize details for our
36th annual Central PA Jazz Festival

Support the Festival - buy an ad or list your name in the annual Festival/Fall Series program - see our ONLINE STORE to donate.



Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Central PA Jazz Festival - Riverboat Cruise - 5:30pm-8:30pm
City Island
Harrisburg, PA
U.S [map]
Price: $10

Philadelphia jazz violinist Diane Monroe will play with pianist Tom Lawton for this year's Riverboat cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna.  Tickets are $10 and are available only through the Harrisburg Riverboat societies website - CLiCK HERE to go to their site. 

Friday, August 12th, 2016

2016 Festival Jazz Party - 7PM - 12:30AM
River Sity Blues Club 819 South Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
(717) 525-8926 [map]
Price: All tickets $15 at the door: Advance tickets -$12 Adults; $10 CPFJ Members; $5 Students




Live jazz from 7:00PM - 12:30AM on both floors of the River City Blues Club

We will have four bands playing on with food and drink available. 

Come out and celebrate 36 years of GREAT JAZZ with us.


Vocalists Dred "Perky Scott & Diane Wilson Bedford and trombonist Jim McFalls are featured

More details to come....



Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Central PA Jazz Festival Concert - 7:30 PM
200 Pennsylvania Ave.
Mt Gretna, PA 17064
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: $12 to $30

The Central PA Friends of Jazz will return to Mt. Gretna's Playhouse again this year for the main 2016 Festival Concert!  Details coming soon - save the date!!

This year's Festival concert double billing features two great quartets lead by legendary saxophonist Houston Person and the popular guitarist Russell Malone.

 Gen. Adm. Premium: $30   (front area)

Gen. Adm. Standard: $25 (middle to back of theatre)

Member Premium: $26 

Member Standard: $20

Student: $12 (must have a current student ID)

Our 36th annual Festival Concert will be at the beautiful Mt.Gretna Playhouse again this year and feature two giants in the jazz world - saxophonist Houston Person and guitarist Russell Malone.  Both artists will perform with their own quartets with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m.  This concert is a joint production of the Central PA Friends of Jazz and Gretna Music. 

Houston Person has 75 recordings as a leader and has performed with Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Etta Jones, Horace Silver and countless other jazz masters inn his illustrious career.  Person is known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.

Russell Malone was initially inspired by guitarist George Benson and began playing with legendary organist Jimmy Smith in the late 1980's. He became a member of Harry Connick's Big Band in the 1990's and then joined Diana Krall's ensemble, appearing on several Grammy winning recordings..He has toured and recorded with both Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, Christian McBride and many others.


Sunday, August 14th, 2016

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 – 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 - with live music from 2-7 p.m.   Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 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


marshallyouth band


Picnic Performance Schedule:    Larry Marshall Quartet, Central PA Youth Band & more - complete details coming soon!!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

River City Blues Club
819 S Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104
United States [map]
Price: $12 Adults; $10 CPFJ Members

The River City Big Band will perform with special guests to close out this 36th edition of the Central PA Jazz Festival.