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 NOON -1pm (concert)
Festival Kickoff Concert & JazzMobile
Strawberry Square Atrium, 2nd & Walnut, Harrisburg PA & various Hbg City sites - FREE

Kickoff Concert at Strawberry Square and JazzMobile in various Harrisburg City sites from noon to 5:30p.m. featuring our own CPFJ Youth Band - after playing the opening concert  they will be making stops on the JazzMobile at the Broad St. Market and other venues in Hbg.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 5-8:30pm
Riverboat Jazz Cruise - Jazzin’ on the Pride
Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, City Island Harrisburg $10

Philadelphia duo - (violinist) Diane Monroe and (pianist) Tom Lawton 
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 8pm
Live Recording Session
Jonathan Ragonese & Tim Warfield
Susquehanna Art Museum (main gallery) 1401 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA $30


Friday, August 12, 2016     12:30pm - 5:30pm

Our JazzMobile with the Youth Band onboard will be in action again visiting East & West Shore sites from 1:30 to 6:30p.m.


Friday, August 12, 2016     7pm-12:30am
Festival Jazz Party
River City Blues Club, 819 South Cameron St., Harrisburg PA
Four Bands - Continual music from 7pm - 12:30am
 Get your tickets early for this popular event. 

Food and drink available - $15
Saturday, August 13, 2016 11am-12:30pm
Jazz Workshop
Jonathan Ragonese - Harrisburg Art Association, 21 N. Front St. Hbg.- $5
Saturday, August 13, 2016 3-6pm
Jazz Jam Session
Mt Gretna Hideaway, 40 Boulevard Street, Mount Gretna, PA
All aspiring jazz musicians welcome to sit in with Kirk Reese's Trio - FREE
Saturday, August 13, 2016 7:30pm
Festival Concert
Mt. Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave, Mt Gretna, PA,
Houston Person Quartet & Russell Malone Quartet
Produced by the Central PA Friends of Jazz & Gretna Music
Sunday, August 14, 2016 1-7pm
Jazz Picnic
Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA
featuring five bands, food, and fun!

Monday, August 15 7-9:30pm
River City Big Band
River City Blues Club, 819 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg PA $12
16 piece big band playing music from Kenton, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich and original arrangements and compositions from the members.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Rob Middleton & Cathy Chemi

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

Live Recording with Tim Warfield, Jr. & Jonathan Ragonese - 8pm
Susquehanna Art Museum’s Main Gallery at 1401 N 3rd St
Harrisburg, PA
(717) 233-8668 [map]
Price: $30 - (includes CD)

Saxophonists Tim Warfield and Jonathan Ragonese will be performing & recorrding LIVE - just two saxophones - there will be some serious sparks flying!  Tim was one of Jonathan’s main influences and we expect this event will not be for the faint of heart.  The ticket price also includes a copy of the recording.  Call  (717) 233-8668 for tickets $30 - only available through the Susquehanna Art Museum - seating is limited.  (No discount for CPFJ Members)

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 renowned 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 City 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

FRIDAY, AUG. 12TH - FESTIVAL JAZZ PARTY   7 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

River City Blues Club

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.



UPSTAIRS: Ryan Kauffman Quartet w/ Peter Paulsen (b) & Larry Marshall (dr) & Jonathan Ragonese Trio featuring NYC saxophonist Alex LoRe

DOWNSTAIRS: Dred “Perky” Scott & Diane Wilson-Bedford w/ Steve Rudolph, Joshua Davis & Todd Harrison   +    Jim McFalls & Kevin Myers Quintet (trombone tribute to JJ Johnson & Kai Winding) with the Paul Bratcher Trio 



Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Festival Jam Session - 3-6pm
Gretna Hideaway, 40 Boulevard Ave, 17545
Mt Gretna, PA 17545 [map]
Price: FREE

Pianist Kirk Reese leads the Festival Jam Session at the Gretna Hideaway from 3-6pm - all aspiring jazz musicians are welcome to sit in.  Food and drink available - no cover charge.

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Jazz Workshop w/ Jonathan Ragonese - 11am -!2:15pm
Art Assoc. of Hbg. 21 N Front St.
Harrisburg, P 17101
USA [map]
Price: $5

Jazz Saxophonist/Composer/Educator Jonathan Ragonese discusses the elements of improvisation.

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:    

1:15 Jay Umble Quartet (Andy Roberts, Steve Meashey, Theo Umble)
2:30 Central PA Friends of Jazz Youth Band directed by Ron Waters
3:45 Nancy Reed with Jim Ridl (p) Steve Varner (b) & Larry Marshall 
5:00 Peter Lazorcik Quartet (feat. Tom Strohman, Kevin MacConnell)
6:00 No Last Call - “Harrisburg’s most dangerous street band”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Central PA Jazz Fest - River City Big Band
River City Blues Club, 819 S Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104
United States [map]
Price: $12 (adults) $10 (CPFJ Members & students)

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


Featured performers include: Tom Strohman, Bill Perbetsky,Dale Orris, Rick Hirsch, Steve Meashey, Kevin Lowe, Tim Thompson, Michael Druck, Ryan Kauffman, Greg Strohman, Mike Yinger, Skip Stine, Steve Rudolph
SPECIAL GUESTS: Rob Middleton & Cathy Chemi