Upcoming Dates

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Parmer Hall - High Center - Messiah College
Jonathan Ragonese - Jazz for Children of All Ages! - 3pm
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
USA [map]
Price: $22 (adults) $18 (CPFJ Members) $10 (students)

Jonathan Ragonese presents a Chamber Jazz Children's Program featuring his original composition Mother Goose and Other Tales with narrator, wind octet & harp - for children of all ages.


In a partnership with Messiah College's Orchestral Woodwind Department, Jonathan Ragonese presents Mother Goose and Other Tales a concert featuring improvising jazz quintet with eight woodwinds, harp, and narrator. Jim Colonna will conduct the afternoon of music featuring the world premiere of Uncle Wiggly & Mr. Pop-Goes.

Narrator Michael Greenwald, well known WITF Public Radio/TV personality, takes us on a journey through a wild tale of balloons, foxes, and a weasel who's up to no good. Ending the evening is a set of six tales comprising the Mother Goose Suite


The concert includes a cast of New York's finest young musicians including Grammy-nominated artist Patrick Bartley on alto saxophone, Sunnyside recording artist Glenn Zaleski on piano, bassist Martin Nevin and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. 

The Messiah College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. William Stowman, will open the program at 3pm and other Messiah College music students will perform as part of the wind ensemble for the orchestrated works. The event will be held in the magnificent Parmer Hall in the High Center at Messiah College - one of the most spectacular music performance facilities in our region.

Please encourage your young friends to attend this concert - children under 12 can attend for free and the student price is $10.

Jonathan Ragonese is a native of New Cumberland, PA. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music and has lived and worked there since. He has performed and recorded with Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Tim Warfield. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Harrisburg Symphony, The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of "Music Before Words", a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases and many premieres.   

The Composer's notes on the new compositions:

In the time leading up to the year 2011, I had experienced a great affair with dramatic music. I had, since I began a life in music, been focused deeply on improvisation and the history of Jazz music in America. My exposure to ballet and opera opened an entirely new vista that, at the age of 22 I was particularly enthralled by. My newfound love of composition had begun to crystallize in the two years prior, and that spring I decided that I should write a new work that might allow me to investigate this world of dramatic story-telling. I wrote Mother Goose Suite to find new areas of exploration for the improvisers that I knew and loved, to bring aboard the chamber and orchestral musicians that had shown me what it meant to 'be a composer' into the world of improvisation that was so close to my heart, and to give a platform to the whitty, effortless, and never-ending humor of my closest mentor Dr. David Noon. Featuring six nursery rhymes from Mother Goose, it is a through-composed work that allows the improviser to bring to life the many facets of each rhyme. 

After many years of discussion, many more pieces, and a large period of growth, thanks to the help and support of Tim Warfield and Steve Rudolph, Mother Goose is heard again. When contemplating what it meant to bring the work back to life, I realized that a concert would not be complete without one other piece to pair with Mother Goose. So as a way of connecting the dots, and diving back in to the wonderful world of narration, I set out to find a new story to bring to life. After much searching (skimming nearly thousands of stories and poems) I came across an interesting American author from the early 20th century, Howard Garis. From what I could tell, Howard was the type of author that woke up everyday and wrote from dawn till night, having in his career over seventeen series each with tomes of episodes and editions. A particularly interesting creative knack was that of creating the character 'Uncle Wiggly Longears'. Whether for pure joy, or insurance for never-ending creative material (he wrote 15,000 stories for the rabbit), Garis has Uncle Wiggly travel into other well-loved and famous children's tales, with each chapter resulting in a new scenario with a character from that tale. Uncle Wiggly finally encounters Mother Hubbard, and this is where Mr. Pop-Goes comes in. I took the original story and adapted it for my purposes of a musically narrative work; and also, as I did with Mother Goose, to bring it 'up to speed'. 

My life as a teacher - with children as small as two months, to seventy years of age- has inspired and solidified in me a never-ending relationship with wonder. And my life as a musician has brought me ever closer to how positive and overwhelming the principle of participation can be for a group of people. A creative life is a wide-open journey, and it is with these pieces that I hope a few seemingly disparate things, may collide. 

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Mary Stallings - CPFJ Spring Concert - 3pm
42 N Prince St.
Lancaster, PA``
(717) 872 – 3811 [map]

CPFJ will be hosting two concerts annually with Millersville University's Ware Center - save the date - we hope to see you there!


A legendary staple in the fabric of jazz, San Francisco native and Highnote recording artist Mary Stallings will grace the stage with her Trio.

Her bio reads like a who's who of jazz greats and prestigious festivals worldwide - the New York Times says, "perhaps the best jazz singer singing today..."

Past Dates

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

CPFJ Fall Concert - Jeremy Davenport - 3pm
42 N Prince St.
Lancaster, PA``
(717) 872 – 3811 [map]
Price: $25

CPFJ will be hosting two concerts annually with Millersville University's Ware Center in downtown Lancaster PA - the first event features the renowned trumpeter/vocalist Jeremy Davenport and his band live from New Orleans!

Save the date - we hope to see you there!

Tickets are only available through the Ware Center Box Office - To order tickets over the phone, please call the Ticket Office at 717-871-7600.   To order TICKETS ONLINE go to this site - ArtsMU.com 

Jeremy Davenport is a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. With his original lyrics and music, Jeremy infuses his unique style and mood of storytelling creating not only a modern edge, but also the distinct feeling of a lifestyle reminiscent of a time when Jazz was at its peak of popularity. He is known for his vocal and trumpet playing skills, as well as being a born entertainer. Jeremy Davenport was born in St. Louis, Missouri into a family of musicians. From a young age Jeremy studied and played with members and guests of the St. Louis Symphony, which included an early introduction to jazz great, Wynton Marsalis. Upon finishing high school, Jeremy was accepted to the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music. He continued to develop a friendship with Marsalis and it was at this time that Wynton introduced Davenport to Harry Connick, Jr. Together they persuaded Jeremy to move to New Orleans.  He enrolled at the University of New Orleans and began training under the patriarch of the Marsalis family, Ellis Marsalis – music educator and jazz pianist. Jeremy went on to play with Harry Connick, Jr.’s Big Band for 6 years, touring around the world. In 1996, Jeremy released his first album, self-titled “Jeremy Davenport” (Telarc), followed by “Maybe In a Dream” (Telarc) in 1998 and “Live at the Bistro” (AAM) in 2005. In 2009 Jeremy released the solo album “We’ll Dance ‘Til Dawn” (Basin Street Records) to much critical acclaim. He has been featured in GQ Magazine, People Magazine, Cosmo; and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the David Letterman Show.

Jeremy Davenport can be found every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. If you’e wondering, you really have to be an incredible entertainer to get a room named after you in New Orleans! Jeremy will be bringing his Ritz-Carlton band direct from New Orleans for this one performance - don’t miss them!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Friends of Jazz Night - 6:30-10pm
Ft. Hunter Park, 5000 N Front St
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 599-5188 [map]
Price: $50 in advance - $60 at the door - includes all three days of the Festival

We thank the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Dauphin County Commissioners for allowing us to host another evening of real jazz at their annual Jazz & Wine Festival in the beautiful Ft. Hunter Park.

This year we will present two great bands with roots in the jazz scene of Philadelphia - world renowned jazz organist JOEY DeFRANCESCO + the PEOPLE (8:30pm) and jazz vocalist Paul Jost & the JOST PROJECT.(6:30pm) on the Main Stage.  Talented young area musicians TEENTOWN will be featured on the Corncrib Stage from 5:30-6:15 and from 8-8:30pm.

Doors open at 5:30 pm 

Appearing at the Corn Crib Stage from 5:30 - 6:30 and 8-8:30pm - TEEN TOWN

Gabriel Severn - bass, Connor Rohrer - piano, Logan Bedard - drums

6:30pm - the Jost Project - featuring Paul Jost (voc) Kevin MacConnell (bass) and Toni Miceli (vibes) 

8:30pm - Joey DeFrancesco + the People

Sponsor, Corporate & Life Members have received tickets by mail as they do for all regular Spring and Fall Concerts. These tickets are good for the full three day event.

Dauphin County does not sell single day Fest tickets - only tickets for the full three day Festival. Many of our supporters have expressed concern that the new $50 fee ($60 at the gate) for tickets is too much to pay if you are only interested in the Friday night event. If you are a member in good standing in CPFJ and are interested only in the Friday night event, we have been approved to sell single day tickets for $30 to our members only.

Regular Members & Student Members may purchase only one ticket at the $30 price, Patrons and Donors may purchase two tickets at the $30 price. These tickets must be purchased in advance!

You must call the office (717-540-1010) or order online (www.friendsofjazz.org) in order to get this opportunity - this ticket includes all music and wine tastings for the day. The Festival is held at Ft. Hunter Park just north of Harrisburg and is a rain or shine event - they have a circus-sized tent that will provide cover in case of inclement weather.

There is free parking at the park. Remember to bring a chair or blanket as there are none available on site. There are several food vendors as well as twelve area vintners offering free tastings to ticket holders. No outside alcohol is allowed in the park, but you may bring your own picnic basket.

Please contact us if you have questions - this is a good time to renew your membership in order to take advantage of this very special offer!

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Parmer Hall - High Center - Messiah College
Ben Wolfe trio - Tribute to Thelonious Monk - 7:30pm
1 College Ave.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
U.S.A. [map]
Price: $22 (adults) $18 (CPFJ Members) $10 (students)

The Ben Wolfe Trio

Ben Wolfe - Bass             Victor Gould - Piano              Donald Edwards - Drums

Bassist Ben Wolfe will be teaching at our 16th annual Jazz Camp and brings his Monk Tribute Trio to the beautiful High Center for our third Spring Concert. This Concert occurs during the annual CPFJ Jazz Camp at Messiah College and all students at the Camp will be able to experience a professional jazz event performed by the highest quality musicians.  

This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
Central PA Friends of Jazz Spring Concert Series - 3pm
1110 N 3rd St
Harrisburg, PA 17104
USA [map]




Noon - 3PM Jazz Brunch in HMAC's Kitchen and Gallery Bar with the Paul Bratcher Trio.

3PM - Mechanicsburg H.S. Jazz Ensemble directed by Ben Goldsborough

3:45PM  The JOHNNY O'NEAL TRIO featuring Ben Reubens (bass) and Itay Morchi (dr)

 This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on the behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Buster Williams Quartet - 3PM
340 North 21st St.
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-901-2400, Ext. 2456 [map]


Legendary bassist BUSTER WILLIAMS brings his All-Star Quartet to the Pollock Center - saxophonist STEVE WILSON, pianist GEORGE COLLIGAN, and drummer LENNY WHITE are featured in the group. Free parking at the Pollock Center

This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on the behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

885 S Pleasant Ave
Dallastown, PA 17313
United States
717-244-9900 [map]
Price: $25 - Adults; $20 CPFJ Members; $10 Students


Legendary guitarist Pat Martino will perform for our final Fall Concert Series event of 2016 - don't miss this musical giant!!  We return to the beautiful brewery and distillery, Wyndridge Farm, just outside of York, PA, for this performance with Pat’s exciting Trio.    Pat's Website


Sunday, October 9th, 2016

CPFJ Fall Concert Series - 3pm
1110 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
United States
:(717) 412-4342 [map]
Price: Adults - $20 Members - $17 Students - $10

   Our second Fall Concert on October 9th features Harry Allen with vocalist Hilary Gardner. Joining Harry & Hilary are three great musicians from the NYC jazz scene - Rossano Sporteillo: piano; Joel Forbes: bass & Kevin Kanner: drums.

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Dauphin Co. Jazz & Wine Fest - 6-10PM
Ft. Hunter Park, 5300 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
USA [map]
Price: $30 - (includes three day pass - no single day tickets available)


Our third year of hosting an evening at the Dauphin Co. Jazz & Wine Fest will feature the legendary jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and a new rising star steel drum player - Leon Foster Thomas.  


Friday, June 17th, 2016

3rd Spring Concert - Steve Wilson & Stefon Harris Group - 7:30pm
High Center - Parmer Hall
Mechanicsburg, PA 17027 [map]
Price: $24 (adults) $20 (CPFJ Members) $10 (students)

The 3rd Spring Concert of 2016 will be held during our annual Jazz Camp at Messiah College. This year's Camp is 4 days long and will feature the Friday night concert as a bonus to the attending students while being open to the public.  


Steve Wilson & Stefon Harris will be teaching at our annual Jazz Camp this summer (June 15-18) and their group will be featured in the beautiful High Center at Messiah College for our third Spring Series concert.

This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on the behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

2nd Spring Concert - STEVE TURRE QUARTET - 3pm
Rose Lehrman Arts Center
Harrisburg, PA 17101 [map]



Trombonist and Conch Shell Artist

3PM Cedar Cliff H. S. Jazz Band

4PM Special showing of the new Central PA Friends of Jazz video

4:30PM  Live from NYC - The Steve Turre Quartet

Steve is a veteran of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and a 30 year member of TV's "Saturday Night LIVE" band.  He will be accompanied by Rick Germanson (piano) Gerald Cannon (bass) and Orion Turre (drums)

This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on the behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

1st Spring Concert - Peter Bernstein Trio - 3pm
340 North 21st St.
Camp Hill, PA 17011
USA [map]
Price: $22 (adults) $18 (CPFJ Members) $10 (students)

Peter Bernstein Trio 


3PM       Mechanicsburg H.S. Jazz Band directed by Ben Goldsborough

4PM       Bernstein Trio featuring Mike LeDonne (Hammond B3 organ) and Byron Landham (drums)

This concert is underwritten by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC on the behalf of R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

WITF Public Media Center
Fall Concert Series: Stride and Ragtime Piano with Farid Barron - 3pm
4801 Lindle Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: Adults $18, Members $15, Students $5


Join the Central PA Friends of Jazz as we continue our 35th year of great jazz with a performance featuring the gifted pianist Farid Barron.  He will play a solo concert featuring Stride and Ragtime piano from Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, as well as tunes from Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and many more.  Join us and hear the dynamic jazz piano stylings from this immensely talented artist.  WITF has a beautiful nine foot Steinway grand and will be a wonderful venue for this performance. Tickets available from InstantSeats (click Buy Now link above) call 717-540-1010 or at the door.


Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Terell Stafford Quintet - Pollock Center
Tereel Stafford Quintet plays the music of Lee Morgan - 3pm
340 North 21st Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
USA [map]
Price: Adults $22

Terell's Quintet will feature music from his new CD - BrotherLee Love on Capri Records and feature the recording ensemble -  Tim Warfield (sax) Bruce Barth (piano) Kenny Washington (drums) and Peter Washington (bass).  

The opening act for the concert will be the Temple University Jazz Ensemble at 3pm.


Friday, September 11th, 2015

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Dauphin Co. Jazz & Wine Festival - 6 - 10pm
Ft. Hunter Park, 5300 N Front St
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: $30 - ticket price includes three day pass

We are happy to announce the headliner for the Friends of Jazz Night at the Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - live from New York City - the SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA.  This group features Latin Jazz, Salsa and Afro Cuban music and will truly get you on your feet!!   Oscar Hernandez leads the two time Grammy winning 13 piece ensemble.

The front band for this event is Dred "Perky" Scott and the Steve Rudolph Trio featuring Pittsburgh jazz legends Dwayne Dolphin (bass) and Roger Humphries (drums) - to hear their recording click HERE!

CPFJ thanks the Dauphin County Commissioners and the Parks and Recreation Department for including CPFJ in this event and for providing major support....

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

STEVE NELSON GROUP - Rose Lehrman Arts Center
Steve Nelson Quartet - 3pm
Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg, PA
USA [map]


Drummer Greg Bufford, pianist Michael Cochran and bassist Calvin Hill to perform in his quartet. 
This Spring Concert Series is underwritten in part by a generous grant from the Shearer Family Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, R. Scott Shearer

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Chris Bacas & Voyage West - 2 shows: 3pm & 6:30pm
885 South Pleasant Avenue
Dallastown, PA 17313 [map]


CPFJ presents jazz saxophonist CHRIS BACAS and VOYAGE WEST!  

The stellar band features international artists: German vibraphonist/composer Stefan Bauer, bassist Dean Johnson, Brazilian drummer Rogerio Boccato, and Israeli vocalist Tammy Scheffer.


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Christian McBride Trio - 5pm - YOUTH BAND 6pm-two sets by McBride Trio
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, 4650 Lindle Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
United States
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: $25 adults, $20 CPFJ Members, $10 students

Join us as we kick off the 35th year of CPFJ with one of the most influential musicians in jazz today - bassist Christian McBride. He will bring his working Trio that features two formidable young musicians - pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Finger Supersax Ensemble from the Inspire School for the Arts was the front band.

mcbride This event is underwritten in part by a grant from Scott Shearer from the Shearer Family Fund of TFEC

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

CPFJ Fall Concert Series - Leffler Chapel
Charenee Wade Quartet - 3pm
Elizabethtown College, Baugher Ave
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
USA [map]
Price: $20 - Adults; $16 CPFJ Members; $10 Students


The brilliant young vocalist Charenee Wade graced the stage at Leffler Chapel as we hosted our third Fall Series concert in association with Gretna Music. Alvester Garnett (dr) Oscar Perez (p and Matt Rybiki (b) accompanied.  The Kirk Reese Trio w/ Steve Meashey & Jeff Stabley opened the performance.  CPFJ thanks Gretna Music for their support if this event!!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Grant Stewart Quartet - 2pm
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA 17003
(717) 867-3545 [map]

G Stewart                 

Grant Stewart Quartet

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz presented New York based jazz saxophonist Grant Stewart and his Quartet at the Allen Theatre, 36 E Main St., Annville PA    The Band included  Philip Stewart drums, Peter Washington bass & guitarist Ilya Lushtak

Friday, September 5th, 2014

2014 Fall Concert Series - Dauphin Co Jazz & Wine Festival - Ft Hunter Park - Rene Marie & Tim Warfield, Jr.
Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival
Harrisburg, PA [map]

Rene Marie headlines our Friday Friends of Jazz Night at the Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival


6:30 - Tim Warfield Organ Band featuring Pat Bianchi (O), Byron Landham(dr), Antoine Drye (trpt) & Daniel Sadownick (perc)

8:30 pm - Rene Marie and her trio - “I Wanna Be Evil“ with Love to Eartha Kitt Tour


Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Ehud Asherie & Ken Peplowski - WITF Pubilc Media Center
Ehud Asherie & Ken Peplowski - 3 pm
4801 Lindle Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
USA [map]
Price: $20 Adults - $16 Members - $10 Students

peplowski  asherie



Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Cecile McLorin Salvant - Pollock Center
CPFJ Spring Concert Series - Cecile McLorin Salvant - 7 p.m.
305 N 21st St
Camp Hill, PA 17011
USA [map]
Price: Adults $25, Students $10, CPFJ Members $20


Tim Wolfe Trio featuring Ryan Kauffman and Justin Morell

Camp Hill Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Cecile McLorin Salvant & the Aaron Diehl Trio

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Joey DeFrancesco - Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
Joey DeFrancesco Trio - 2014 Spring Concert Series - 5pm Youth Band 6pm Joey DeFrancesco
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 564-5511 [map]
Price: $25 Adults, $10 Students, $20 CPFJ Members


5 p.m.   Mechanicsburg H. S. Jazz Ensemble – Ben Goldsborough, conducting

6 p.m – 8:30 p.m.   Joey DeFrancesco Trio featuring Paul Bollenback (guit) and George Fludas (drums)

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Freddy Cole - The Ware Center
Freddy Cole Quartet - 3pm
42 N Prince St.
Lancaster, PA``
for tickets - 717-872-3811 [map]
Price: Adults $28 Members $24 Students $10

 Legendary vocalist/pianist Freddy Cole will grace the Ware Center stage as part of the 2013 CPFJ Fall Concert Series.  

Freddy Cole 

On Sunday, November 10 at 3:00PM at The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, CPFJ is proud to welcome The Freddy Cole Quartet, featuring Freddy Cole piano/vocals, Elias Bailey bass, Curtis Boyd drums, Randy Napoleon guitar. 

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Christian Howes - "Southern Exposure" - Allen Thatre
Fall Concert Series - 3pm
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA
(717) 867-4766 [map]
Price: $20 - Adults; $16 CPFJ Members; $10 Students

CPFJ returns to the Allen Theater for our second Fall Concert!

 Read all about it here - CentPAFriendsOfJazz-10-13-2013Concert_News.pdf

CHRISTIAN HOWES - Southern Exposure


Jazz violin sensation Christina Howes will grace the stage at the Allen Theater on October 13th.   Following the concert CPJ will host a Jam Session in MJ's Coffehouse @ the Allen Theatre (6-9pm)

3PM - Time Out (youth band from the Inspire Studio for the Arts)

4PM - Christian Howes - (plays two sets - concert over @ 6:30)


CHRISTIAN HOWES Southern Exposure
On Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 pm at The Allen Theater in Annville, CPFJ proudly presents Christian Howes and his group -              Southern Exposure.  Jazz violinist Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied classically from the age of                         five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16 and later receiving his bachelor's degree in                       Philosophy from the Ohio State University.  At age twenty, a “cultural intervention” occurred when Christian had the opportunity                           to perform at regular gospel church services and it became his mission to become a violinist with a strong voice in jazz.  Since his shift 21 years ago, he has gained great notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world's most respected jazz violinists. Christian was a                                  favorite of the late guitar legend Les Paul, with whom he worked for 11 years.  An in-demand violinist on the New York scene, He collaborates with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Greg Osby, Frank Vignola, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Bill Evans' “Soulgrass” band.   In 2013, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes' 2012 Expanded Critics Poll.  In August 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll and was a nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association's “Violinist Of The Year”  in 2011. In 2012, he received the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America for his work in outreach with orchestral education programs. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Says All About Jazz, ”as a jazz violinist he has no peer.” The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian “ arguably the most intriguing young violinist in j

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Tribute to Dave Brubeck w/ Cyrus Chestnut Quartet - 7:30PM
340 North 21st St.
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: Adults $20 (Concert & VIP Reception $40) Members $18 (with reception $33) Students $10 (with reception $20)

We are happy to be able to present the brilliant pianist Cyrus Chestnut in a tribute to jazz icon - Dave Brubeck.  The concert will be the first event in our 2013 Fall Concert Series and is underwritten by a generous grant from Tom & Donna Weik.

 Cyrus            Cassity

CPFJ proudly announces a special concert in tribute to the memory of one of America's jazz icons - Dave Brubeck. 
The pianist and composer who helped make jazz popular again in the 1950s and ’60s with recordings like “Time Out,” the first jazz album to sell a million copies, and “Take Five,” the still instantly recognizable hit single that was that album’s centerpiece, died in December, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. In his long career he became best known for his famous Quartet that featured drummer Joe Morello, bassist Eugene Wright, and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. 
We are thrilled to have our featured performer Cyrus Chestnut arranging a full evening of Brubeck's music that will feature the Jazz Camp's Faculty Ensemble - Jonathan Ragonese - sax,   Jeff Stabley - drums, and Steve Meashey - bass.  Video segments of the original Brubeck Quartet will also be shown.
The performance will be held in Parmer Hall in the High Center at Messiah College - a new facility that you really have to see to believe.  It is a beautiful new building and one of the best acoustical spaces for music on the East Coast.
Tom Weik, a long time CPFJ Corporate Member, suggested having this event and is underwriting the concert in memory of his father, Wilbur Z. Weik, who introduced Tom to jazz when he was a boy.
We will host a V.I.P. Meet the Artist reception following the concert - tickets are availabe in this issue of The ViBE.  Please join us in celebrating the life and career of this American original. 

 TRIBUTE TO BRUBECK CONCERT SAT., September 28, 2013 - Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center - 340 North 21st Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity  Bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman round out this stellar group. Video segments of the original Brubeck Quartet from rare European performances will also be shown. 

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Anthony Wonsey Group - 6:30pm
Rose Lehrman Arts Center
Harrisburg, PA 17101 [map]
Price: $20 - Adults; $16 CPFJ Members; $10 Students

CPFJ returns to the Harrisburg Community college's Rose Lehrman Auditorium for the third Spring Concert with rising star pianist Anthony Wonsey's "Spiritrio". 

Anthony Wonsey

We thank the Shearer Family Fund, R. Scott Shearer of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities for underwriting this series.

Dmitri Kolesnik – Bass:   .
Brandon Lewis - Drums:  

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Stan Kenton Alumni Orchestra directed by Mike Vax - 3pm
5th & Walnut Sts.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
7175401010 [map]
Price: Adults $27 - CPFJ Members $22 - Students $10

Trumpeter Mike Vax leads a 19 piece band of Kenton Alumni as we relive the Big Band Era with these talented musicians and the original orchestrations from the Creative World of Stan Kenton

The Mechanicsburg H.S. Jazz Band opens the program at 3pm followed by two sets from the Kenton Band.

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

JACKIE RYAN - 3 p.m.
42 N Prince St.
Lancaster, PA``
(717) 872 – 3811 [map]
Price: Aduts $22 Members $18 Students $10

"Extraordinary is the word!" said jazz critic Don Heckman from the Los Angeles Times.

Jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan 

3PM  META4 - Lancaster area youth jazz quartet

4PM  Jackie Ryan & her Trio  -  Tom Lawton (piano) Lee Smith (bass)  Dan Monaghan (drums)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The Allen Theater
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA
(717) 867-4766 [map]
Price: Adults $22 Members $18 Students $10


The second concert in the CPFJ Fall Series features award winning bassist Rufus Reid's OutFront Trio - Steve Allee (piano) and Duduka du Fonseca (drums)







Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 564-5511 [map]

First on the Series is the highly acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon's Trio with special guest vocalist Denise King to our Fall Series.