Central PA Friends of Jazz

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

STEVE NELSON GROUP - Rose Lehrman Arts Center
Steve Nelson Quartet - 3pm
Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg, PA
USA [map]
Price: $20 Adults - $16 CPFJ Members - $10 Students

        

World renowned vibraphonist Steve Nelson brings his New York quartet to Harrisburg's wonderful Rose Lehrman Arts Center for the final Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Spring Series Concert.. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students - children under 12 are FREE. Tickets available at www.friendsofjazz.org or call the CPFJ Office 717-540-1010.

Steve will bring Harrisburg native drummer Greg Bufford, pianist Michael Cochran and bassist Calvin Hill to perform in his quartet. 

Vibraphonist Steve Nelson began his career during the seventies, in his hometown of Pittsburgh, following the straight ahead path blazed by his first major influence, Milt Jackson. After a year with guitarist Grant Green he was playing and recording with his Rutgers professors James Spaulding and Kenny Barron, before landing a spot in David "Fathead Newman's quintet. Steve earned a Bachelor's and Master's of Music from Rutgers. Throughout the eighties Nelson was the vibists of choice among some of his generation's most talented up-and-comers, including Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Brown, Geoffrey Keezer and Lewis Nash, developing a harmonically open sound, influenced by the innovations of Bobby Hutcherson, that led him to a spot in Dave Holland's award winning band. In between he's recorded a half dozen dates as a leader that showcase his own personal voice on the vibes. 


GREG BUFFORD - DRUMS A Harrisburg native ( his relatives own Crawdaddy’s), Greg was inspired to play drums when he
heard Toot Hunter, a great local drummer in the mid ‘70’s. Buford moved to Philly in ‘75 was mentored by the great Philly Joe Jones and he gained experience playing with legends Johnny Coles and Sonny Stitt. He received a jazz performance degree from Rutgers University in 1979 and moved to New York City in 1981 where he was drummer for Little Jimmy Scott, Cecil Payne, Nat Adderly and a host of jazz masters.  He moved to New Jersey in 1998, where he founded his Kobe Recording Studio in West Orange.  We are thrilled to present Greg “back home” with this great band.

MICHAEL COCHRANE, pianist, composer, arranger and instructor has performed and/or recorded with: Sonny Forturne, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Paul Nash, John Clark, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, Ted Curson, Oliver Lake, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble and many more. Mr Cochrane has toured the world playing with the greatest jazz musicians. He has taught at Princeton and Rutgers Universities and counts among his teachers Jackie Byard, Ray Santisi and Madame Margaret Chaloff. He has over 10 CDs recorded for SteepleChase & Landmark labels and his books of piano music and instruction are published by Hal Leonard.

   

CALVIN HILL- bassist, composer, arranger & educator has had a stellar career in jazz, performing with everyone from Bing Crosby to McCoy Tyner. Born in Connecticut, he began playing the bass as a senior in high school and went on to receive a degree from Berklee School of Music and Masters Degree from Hunter College. His credits include performance and recording experience with jazz legends Pharaoh Sanders, Max Roach, George Coleman, Betty Carter, Jr. Mance, Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris, Chet Baker, Billy Eckstine, the Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Orch., Sonny Stitt, Gloria Lynn, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Marlena Shaw, & Larry Coryell. As one of the most in demand journeyman bassists in NYC, you probably have many examples of his playing in your own collections.  

This is the first CPFJ concert performance for the members of this rhythm section and the third appearance by Steve Nelson.

Enjoy this video with Steve Nelson performing Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady in Vienna, Austria.

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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

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

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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 14 piece ensemble.

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

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....

Past Dates

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]

 

  TWO SHOWS:  3pm               6:30pm 

Wyndridge Farms, 885 South Pleasant Avenue, Dallastown, PA 17313

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]

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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

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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

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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.

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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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