We thank the Shearer Family Fund, R. Scott Shearer of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities for underwriting this series.
This year's final event of the Spring Concert Series is on May 19th, at 6:30p.m., when we present the brilliant young pianist Anthony Wonsey and his “Spiritrio” ensemble. Wonsey is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee School of Music and has been performing and recording with a wide range of today’s jazz stars. Russell Malone, Pharaoh Sanders, Elvin Jones, Carmen Lundy, and Nicholas Payton have all used Wonsey on their recordings and tours. CPFJ is pleased to present this inspiring artist performing on the Steinway piano in one of Central PA’s finest listening facilities – the Rose Lehrman Auditorium at Harrisburg Area Community College. Opening the March 17th concert is the CPFJ Youth Band directed by veteran area jazz master Ron Waters. .Concert tickets are available on page 10 in this issue, from CPFJ’s website – www.friendsofjazz.org, or at the door the day of the concert. Call the CPFJ Office at 717-540-1010 to order by phone. Adults - $20, CPFJ Members - $16, Students - $10. There is no food or drink available at this event.. This Central PA Friends of Jazz event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Shearer Family Fund, R. Scott Shearer of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. CPFJ also receives funding from the PA Council on the Arts, Dauphin County Commissioners, Cultural Enrichment Fund, Lois Grass Foundation, and the Hall Foundation..
Anthony Wonsey - Piano: An adventurous yet flexible pianist with a potentially significant future, Anthony Wonsey started playing music when he was six. Wonsey studied first with his mother (a classical pianist) and then Zilner Randolph. After earning a full scholarship to Berklee and graduating in 1994, Wonsey moved to Boston and played locally with Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart. While still at Berklee, Wonsey toured with Christopher Hollyday, Nnenna Freelon, and Kenny Garrett. Since his debut CD as a leader, Anthonyology, was recorded for the Japanese Alfa Jazz label, Wonsey has released six CDs as a leader to great acclaim.
Dmitri Kolesnik – Bass: Dmitri Kolesnik, born in Leningrad (now St.Petersburg), left his first job in engineering to study music at the Mussorgsky College of Music and graduated in 1985. Two years before he had already been voted “Discovery of the Year” by the Soviet Jazz Federation. He moved first to Germany in 1989 and then on to New York City in 1991 to study with legendary bassist Ron Carter. From these studies he authored an invaluable teaching guide on Carter, featuring transcriptions of 19 bass solos, which was published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. Recently Kolesnik has become a busy bassist on the jazz scene, appearing at such NYC clubs as Birdland, Iridium, and Knitting Factory. As talented composer he combines singable melodies with the energy of Afro-American rhythms and describes his compositions as “dushevnaya musika” (Russian soul music). As a bass player, Kolesnik believes in providing the best support for musicians in the group so the band sounds good, rather than displaying virtuoso ability on the instrument as a goal. In that, he follows the tradition of his favorite bassist Ron Carter.
Brandon Lewis - Drums: Brandon “Blew” Lewis, a musician, drummer, and teacher, hails from the small town of Somerville, Texas near Austin. Brandon began his exploration of music under the guidance of mentor Carl Idlebird. Brandon began working professionally in Austin while still in high school. Brandon went on to attend the University of North Texas where he studied with the great drummer, Ed Soph. Lewis moved to New York City where he attended the New School University where he furthered his studies under jazz greats such as Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, and Lewis Nash.. With the lessons learned from these aforementioned master instructors, Brandon has gone on to play with many great artists such as Kenny Garrett, Harry Whitaker, Myron Walden, Alex Harding, Benito Gonzalez, and many more. He has recorded for several artists and ensembles spanning the styles of jazz, funk, and gospel. Along with these experiences Brandon has also played in the orchestra for the Broadway show, "The Color Purple" and is currently working in the off Broadway play "Memphis". Lewis is considered as one of the most innovative drummers on the New York Jazz scene.