Thursday, June 10, 2010
The popular Jazzwalk returns featuring live music at multiple locations. Jazz fans can easily and inexpensively hit a number of spots to sample a wide variety of offerings.
Friday, June 11, 2010
We start with a Jazz Welcome Party on the patio. It is always a fun way to renew old friendships.
The Helen Sung Quartet starts the Main Ballroom music. Helen is a past winner of the prestigious Kennedy Center/Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition. She has been called one of the brightest emerging stars in jazz today."
She has been featured on NPR's Piano Jazz" show and X/M Radio's In the Swing Seat." Her release Helenistique was praised as one of the year's most exciting listens" (Jazztimes) and Sungbird After Albeniz was hailed as a real winner" (All About Jazz).
DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Next up is the return of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, an all woman ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians, headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle. DIVA has performed worldwide with the excitement and force found in historic big bands but with an eye to today's originality and verve.
DIVA: Big time charts, big time playing and big time solos" (The Hollywood Reporter). The band navigated through music that transcended boundaries of time and style" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Films, clinics, jam sessions and a concert by the Central Pennsylvania High School All- Star band led by Ronnie Waters all precede perhaps our proudest evening ever. Music capitals over the globe will focus on Harrisburg.
Anat Cohen / Hot Club Of Detroit
Anat Cohen and the Hot Club of Detroit will use the 100th birthday of legendary Django Reinhart as their departure point. Anat is unique, conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango and Afro-Cuban music. The native-born Israeli is one of the primary voices on saxophone and clarinet today. She has won several jazz polls. The Hot Club of Detroit is a quintet comprised of guitarist Evan Perri, accordionist Julien Labro, saxophonist Carl Cafagna, rhythm guitarist Paul Brady and bassist Shannon Wade. We use the gypsy jazz thing as a spring board" says Perri.
The Hot Club is a tour de force full of hard-swinging, toe tapping arrangements of gypsy jazz standards and original compositions" (All About Jazz).
Saxophonist Tia Fuller tours regularly with Beyonce on five continents. Some of her mates may join us. Tia's releases have elicited comments like a leader who strives for perfection" (All About Jazz). She says The Beyonce gig has helped me to recognize the artistry and freedom that we have in jazz."
An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded three CDs with her own quintet.
Her recent release on Mack Avenue Records, Decisive Steps illustrates her artistic fearlessness buoyed by agile and elegant sax lines.
We have pulled out all the stops by bringing our closer, Grammy-Award winner Patti Austin to Harrisburg.
A professional since the age of 5. Goddaughter of famed producer Quincy Jones. A protege of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dinah Washington. Sang with Michael Jackson on his landmark Off the Wall album. Featured singing Razzmatazz" on Quincy Jones' The Dude LP. Perhaps best known for her duets with James Ingram on chartbusters Baby, Come to Me" and How Do You Keep the Music Playing." Her Grammy Award came for the 2008 recording Avant Gershwin.
The combination of a classic song and a gorgeous voice is one of the great pleasures of popular music, no matter the era" (William Pearl).
She has already toured extensively this year in Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. Quite a career, indeed!