Central PA Friends of Jazz

Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Dauphin Co. Jazz & Wine Festival - 6 - 10pm
Ft. Hunter Park, 5300 N Front St
Harrisburg, PA 17110
USA
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!

Ticket for this concert and the two following days of the Festival are included in CPFJ Sponsor & Corporate Membership benefits - JOIN NOW!!

To purchase tickets click on the Buy Now icon:  

More details to come....enjoy the live video

 

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

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.

 

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner.

Stafford picked up his first trumpet at thirteen, and even though he was drawn to jazz, initially studied classical music. While pursuing a music education degree at the University of Maryland, Stafford played with the school’s jazz band. It was during this time that he began to immerse himself in jazz, listening to everything that he could get his hands on. He cites as one of his most profound musical influences Clifford Brown’s rendition of Cherokee.

In 1988, Stafford met Wynton Marsalis who suggested he study with Dr. William Fielder at Rutgers University. During his time at Rutgers, Stafford was invited to join Bobby Watson’s group, Horizon. Over the next five years, Stafford was able to balance his offstage education with the knowledge and experience he gained from performing alongside Watson, co-leader Victor Lewis, and Shirley Scott. Stafford credits this time with teaching him to be an effective arranger, a composer, and a bandleader. Stafford’s time with Horizon led to his joining McCoy Tyner’s Latin All-Star Band which featured some of the best Latin jazz players, including trombonist Steve Turre, flutist Dave Valentin and percussionist Jerry Gonzalez.

Since the mid-1990’s Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, the Kenny Barron Sextet, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Jon Faddis Orchestra. Currently he is a member of the GRAMMY award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (GRAMMY 2009, Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard), as well as a member of the GRAMMY nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet (for Best Instrumental Composition), and the Frank Wess Quintet. Stafford played an integral part on several albums including Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On(2006) for which Stafford joined with the Hamilton-Clayton Jazz Orchestra. In celebration of Jimmy Heath’s 80th birthday, Stafford recorded with the Jimmy Heath Big Band for the album Turn Up the Heath(2006). A regular member of drummer Matt Wilson’s group“Arts and Crafts,” Stafford is featured on the albumScenic Route (2007). As a member of drummer Alvin Queen’s band,“Alvin Queen and the Organics,” Stafford is heard on the album I Ain’t Lookin’ at You (2006).

Stafford has also been an integral part of bands led by such venerable artists as Cedar Walton, Sadao Watanabe, Herbie Mann, and Matt Wilson. He has appeared on television (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby) and can be heard on the soundtrack for the feature film, A Bronx Tale. He has also performed as a guest artist with the Billy Taylor Trio on National Public Radio’sBilly Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Stafford has recorded six albums as a leader with his debut album in 1995 entitled Time to Let Go (Candid). In 1997, he followed this album with the critically acclaimed Centripedal Force (Candid). His third album as a leader was the popular Fields of Gold (Nagel-Heyer) featuring the talents of Bill Cunliffe, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Antonio Hart, and Rodney Green. His fourth release was the enthusiastically received New Beginnings (MAXJAZZ 2003) and features Mulgrew Miller, Derrick Hodge, Dana Hall, Steve Wilson, Dick Oatts, Harry Allen, and Jesse Davis. He followed this album with the critically acclaimed Taking Chances(MAXJAZZ 2007). Stafford's newest release, This Side of Strayhorn(MAXJAZZ 2011) features Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington, and Dana Hall, and has been called “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius”. As a sideman Stafford has been heard on over 90 albums.

Stafford played solo trumpet with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra for the premiere performance of“fourth stream...La Banda”, a university-commissioned piece for orchestra, jazz combo and solo trumpet written by GRAMMY winning composer Bill Cunliffe, a former Boyer College faculty member. Recorded on the college's music label, BCM&D, “fourth stream...La Banda” was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Instrumental Composition.

Stafford is a recipient of Temple's “Creative Achievement Award.” He is also a clinician for the prestigious Vail Foundation in Colorado and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Program. Formerly, Stafford served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies and serves on the board of the Jazz Education Network.

On April 25, 2013, Stafford was named Artistic Director of the newly formed Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. 

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
USA
717-540-1010 [map]
Price: Adults $18, Members $15, Students $5

               

 

CPFJ proudly presents Stride & Ragtime with pianist Farid Barron.  Barron has begun a great career, playing for Wynton Marsalis, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Ralph Peterson, and Johnny Coles.  He will perform a program of great American piano masterpieces like Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," Meade Lux Lewis's "Honky Tonk Train Blues," and James P. Johnson's "Carolina Shout."  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.

Past Dates

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 - Wyndridge Farm
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
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

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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

Salvant      

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
U.S
(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``
U.S
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
U.S
(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
Uni
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

TRIBUTE TO BRUBECK CONCERT SAT., JUNE 22ND - MESSIAH COLLEGE
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

KENTON ALUMNI BAND @ The FORUM
Stan Kenton Alumni Orchestra directed by Mike Vax - 3pm
5th & Walnut Sts.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
Uni
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``
U.S
(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
RUFUS REID's OUTFRONT TRIO - 3 p.m.
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA
U.S
(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
JERRY WELDON - 5p.m.
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
U.S
(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. 

 WELDON