Central PA Friends of Jazz

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Upcoming Dates

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 will grace the stage at Leffler Chapel as we host our third Fall Series concert in association with Gretna Music.  Charenee was a student at Manhattan School of Music, a prize winner at the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition ,and is currently crafting a great career.   Tickets are available from Gretna’s website - www.gretnamusic.org or by calling (717) 361-1508

Past Dates

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Grant Stewart Quartet - 2pm
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA 17003
(717) 867-3545 [map]
Price: $20 Gen Admission $15 Members $10 Students

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Grant Stewart Quartet

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz present New York based jazz saxophonist Grant Stewart and his Quartet at the Allen Theatre, 36 E Main St., Annville PA 

A native of Toronto, Stewart moved to New York City at the age of 19 to get involved in that city’s jazz tradition. Since arriving in New York, he has performed with Harry Connick, John Hendricks, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Bill Charlap,Brad Mehldau, and was a member of the last Al Grey Sextet. Grant has thirteen recordings as a leader on various labels and has been touring worldwide in recent years.

JazzTimes Magazine states - “Grant Stewart plays as much tenor saxophone as anyone, anywhere.” His Quartet will feature well known NYC musicians - drummerPhil Stewart, bassist Peter Washington and guitarist Ilya Lushtak.

Tickets are available on our website, by calling 717-540-1010, or from the Box Office at the Allen Theatre. 
Adults - $20 Students $10 CPFJ Members - $15

ORDER TICKETS - CLICK HERE!

We're glad to be back at the Allen Theatre fro the second of our Fall Concert Series events. The performance is in the movie theater and food and drink are available from their MJ's Coffeehouse.  

The Band includes:

Philip Stewart is Grant’s younger brother and has been playing drums in New York City for several years. He has performed with Brad Mehldau, Clark Terry and Barry Harris among others. He performs at Smalls Jazz Club in the West Village every Tuesday and has also played with Steve Conte of the New York Dolls. He was also the drummer for singer/songwiriter Nelly Makay’s debut CD “Get Away From Me”.

Peter Washington (born in Los Angeles on August 28, 1964) initially played classical bass and played with the Westchester Community Symphony at the age of 14. Later he worked with electric bass and in rock bands. He went on to study English at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley he became interested in jazz and began freelancing in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1986 he joined the Jazz Messengers and moved to New York City. A favorite of jazz pianists, he has worked as bassist with Tommy Flanagan, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, & Benny Green, and was a founding member of the collective hard bop sextet One for All. He can be heard on Eastwood After Hours and on pianist Jon Weber's album Simple Complex. In 2008, Washington became part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

Jazz guitarist Ilya Lushtak has been an important part of New York jazz scene since the mid-nineties, performing and recording with jazz masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Rufus Reid, Mickey Roker, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Lovelace, Jimmy Heath and many others. Ilya was a working member of the Frank Wess quintet until Frank’s passing last year. He has also worked in the fields of gospel, soul and contemporary urban styles and since 1999 as a band leader and singer abroad, primarily in the country of his birth, Russia. Although born in Russia and seasoned in New York, Ilya actually grew up and spent his formative years in San Francisco playing and studying with Bay Area jazz figures Bruce Forman, Larry Vuckovich, Ed Kelly and Bishop Norman Williams.

Born in Toronto, Canada on June 4, 1971, Grant Stewart was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Coleman Hawkins by his father, a high school English teacher and semiprofessional guitarist. Father and son often played together for hours on end. It was through these early experiences and his father's encouragement that Stewart first developed a strong ear for melody, style, and improvisation. He began with the alto saxophone at age 10, and when he was 14 his first teacher, noted Toronto bandleader Pete Schofield, invited him to play professionally in Schofield's Big Band. At 17 he switched to the tenor saxophone and was soon playing with such master saxophonists as Pat Labarbara and Bob Mover. Stewart considers Mover to be one of his greatest teachers and among his strongest influences along with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Don Byas, and Lester Young.

Since moving to New York City at the age of 19, Grant Stewart has studied with such masters as Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Joe Lovano, and performed with Curtis Fuller, John Hendricks, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Bill Charlap, Frank Gant, Dan Barret, Bob Mover, Brad Mehldau, Russell Malone, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, Harry Connick, Mickey Roker, Arthur Harper, Jimmy Lovelace, Cecil Payne, Dick Hyman, Herb Geller and was a member of the last Al Grey Sextet.  Stewart can be found playing at such clubs in NY as Birdland, Smoke, The Ketano, The Jazz Standard, Fat Cat and can be heard every Tuesday night at Smalls Jazz Club. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil and Taiwan. He was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St. Petersberg, Russia.  In addition Grant was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museums’ Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb.

Stewart has twelve recordings as a leader on various labels, two as a co-leader with fellow Stewart Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on Sharp Nine Records (USA) has received worldwide critical acclaim. Keep an eye out for Stewart’s upcoming release in September of 2010 on Sharp Nine Records.

Visit Grant's Web Page HERE!

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

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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.  

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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. 

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