30th Annual JazzFest

30th Annual JazzFest

The Institute’s 30th anniversary Jazz Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Wharf, a rural, park-like property at 10141 Wharf Road in Waynesboro, Pa.

The concert is offered free to the public. In case of rain, the concert will take place at an indoor area at the same location. 

This year’s concert features one of the jazz world’s hottest rising stars, Benny Benack III (vocals and trumpet), with Paul Bollenback (guitar), Alexander Claffy (bass), and Byron Landham (drums).  

Conceived in 1992 and presented every year since, the Institute’s Jazz Festival was previously held at Renfrew Park and has featured a long list of jazz legends, including David “Fathead” Newman, Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, Houston Person, Gary Bartz, Karrin Allison, Lew Tabackin, Joey DeFranceso, Frank Morgan, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Rene Marie, Vincent Herring, Ingrid Jensen, Eric Alexander, Joe Locke, and Steve Wilson. 

In 2020, when audience capacity needed to be limited, the Jazz Fest concert was live-streamed around the world.

“After last year, we really wanted to do something special to mark the auspicious milestone of our 30th anniversary, while also looking to the future with great anticipation and excitement,” noted event founder Andrew Sussman. 

“Thus, we are moving to a NEW location, a NEW time, and featuring some of the hottest young musicians in jazz,” Sussman said. “I believe Benny Benack and Alexander Claffy are both major talents and are going to be big stars in the jazz world. And we are thrilled to have jazz masters Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham back to round out this incredible quartet!” 

To add to the celebration this year, the Pretzel Spot Café food truck will be on site and BYOB will be permitted.

Benny Benack III has proven to be a rare talent: not only a fiery trumpet player with a stirring command of the postbop trumpet vernacular, but also a singer with a sly, mature, naturally expressive delivery in the post-Sinatra mold, performing standards and his own astute songs with a thrilling sense of showmanship. His superb intonation and bracing virtuosity enable him to handle astounding feats of vocalese (complex solos with written lyrics). And he’s a highly capable pianist as well. 

Benack has performed widely as a front man for Postmodern Jukebox and played and recorded with Christian McBride, Josh Groban, Diplo/Major Lazer, Emmet Cohen, Ben Folds, Ann Hampton Callaway, Melissa Errico, and many more. He’s been featured at jazz festivals and clubs around the world, won or was a finalist in several prestigious competitions (including the Thelonious Monk and Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competitions) and is highly sought after as a clinician and educator, leading workshops and panels for jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program and the New York Youth Symphony’s Education department. 

Third in a generational line of Pittsburgh jazz notables, Benack follows in the footsteps of his trumpeter/bandleader grandfather, Benny Benack, Sr., and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist/clarinetist who gave the young Benny his first professional experience. (Benny, Sr. recorded the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 theme song, “Beat ’Em Bucs” and toured with Tommy Dorsey and Raymond Scott, among others.) 

Benack’s latest album, “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” was released in 2020 and features bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride, drummer/producer Ulysses Owens, Jr., and Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano and Rhodes.

Paul Bollenback started his music career in 1981, and has performed with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name just a few. He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20-year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Bollenback performed on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released eight CDs as a leader. A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer, whose pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD. His most recent recording is “Portraits in Space and Time.”

Alexander Claffy is currently one of the most in-demand bass players in New York. Since moving there from Philadelphia in 2011, he has worked with a long list of musicians including Wallace Roney, Christian Scott, Louis Hayes, Harold Mabern, Russell Malone, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Joey Alexander, and Johnny O’Neal. He’s recorded three albums as a leader including his most recent, “Claffy II.” His father, Joseph Claffy is a notable society bandleader in the Philadelphia area. Claffy also appeared on the first three seasons of the Nickelodeon show, “Blue’s Clues.”

Drummer Byron Landham is best known for his 18-year association with organist Joey DeFrancesco, with whom he recorded 16 albums and toured the world. In addition, he leads his own highly regarded band, The Landham Brothers, and has performed with a wide range of jazz greats including David Sanborn, Betty Carter, Benny Golson, James Moody, Grover Washington, Jr., David “Fathead” Newman, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Smith, Etta James, Stanley Turrentine, Illinois Jacquet, George Benson, Gary Bartz, Pat Martino, and Tom Harrell.

Support for this event was provided by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further sponsors include The Hamilton Family Foundation on behalf of Hamilton Nissan and Hamilton Hyundai, Andrew and Sally Sussman, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Stephen D. Fisher, and The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; the John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support provided courtesy of Jeff and Nancy Mace.

Parking is available on the property. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. As in the past, cold water will be available free to all attendees.

For more information call The Institute at 717-762-0373, or visit www.natureandcultureinstitute.org.

 

30th Anniversary Jazz Festival, The Institute

30th Anniversary Jazz Festival, The Institute

Sunday August 29th, 2021 * 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
30th Anniversary Institute Jazz Festival features a NEW location, NEW time, and a band featuring some of the hottest young talent in jazz!
With a fabulous new location, the jazz festival continues to spotlight top professional artists each year that light up the outdoor stage with hot summer jazz.
This year’s headliner is trumpet player and singer, Benny Benack III, rising star on the jazz scene. Plus, guitarist Paul Bollenback returns—Paul has missed only a handful of our 30 years of jazz! The band also includes Alexander Claffy (bass), and Byron Landham (drums). See the full lineup with musician bios here.
The Jazz Festival will be at The Wharf, a beautiful, park-like property at 10141 Wharf Road, just 2.5 miles from downtown Waynesboro, Pa.
As always, the concert is offered free to the public. In case of rain, the concert will take place at an indoor area at the same location.
We are moving to a NEW location, a NEW time, and featuring some of the hottest young musicians in jazz. Benny Benack and Alexander Claffy are both major talents and are going to be big stars in the jazz world. We are thrilled to have jazz masters Paul Bollenback and Byron Landham back to round out this incredible quartet!”
To add to the celebration this year, the Pretzel Spot Café food truck will be on site and BYOB will be permitted.
Parking is available on the property. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. As in the past, cold water will be available free to all attendees.
Q&A after the concert
Food Truck Fridays at Main Street Park, Downtown Waynesboro

Food Truck Fridays at Main Street Park, Downtown Waynesboro

Friday June 4th, 2021 * 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Free Music & Great Food
Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. is happy to announce that our Food Truck Fridays are back again this year!
Come down to Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St. the first Friday from May until September for great food and music!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pretzel Spot Cafe Food Truck  – Stop by and hang for lunch!
Kerensa Gray will perform 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Jazz
No Pets * Safety measures in place
Live Music Friday! Tresa Day

Live Music Friday! Tresa Day

Free!  Live at Music Makers * Hosted by Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro/Destination ARTS
Tresa Day’s versatile three-octave vocal range and diverse repertoire includes “anything from Aretha to Zeppelin.” Over the course of her music career, she has sung in classic rock, blues, soul, and R&B bands, covered jazz standards, and offered compelling originals. She has also worked as a studio backing vocalist, performed with an Andrews Sisters tribute group and as a supporting singer with an Elvis Presley tribute show.
With the health and safety of our community in mind, we have implemented the following policies:
• Face masks are required.
• All guests must practice social distancing.
• If you are not feeling well or are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please remain at home.
• Upon entry, guests must sign in and provide contact information.
• Guests will be limited to 30 people max in the combined Music Makers/Gallery 50 space.
• While in Gallery 50, shop with your eyes and only touch what you plan to purchase.
• Friday nights, you must enter through Gallery 50. The Music Makers door will be exit only.
• BYOB: Please drink only when seated in Music Makers.
• No food will be allowed, and we will not be serving snacks and refreshments.
In Music Makers, chairs have been spaced to provide safe social distancing for both our performers and audience members. Musicians are also required to wear masks when they are not performing.
For more details, please go to our website: ArtsAllianceGW.org
Destination ARTS! Feb 5-18

Destination ARTS! Feb 5-18

Destination ARTS! and the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro announce events and activities for Feb. 5–13, 2020. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Wed., Feb. 5 & 12: Demonstration—Creating Gourd Art: 12:30–2:30 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Artist and sculptor Denny Bingaman demonstrates designing, burning, and dyeing gourd art.

Wed., Feb. 5: Writers Forum: 4:30–7 p.m. Alexander Hamilton Library (second floor meeting room), 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Area writers in all genres are invited to discuss their writing. The prompts for February include stories about Valentine’s Day or a love story or poem. Participants may also discuss any subject they’re writing about. Call Jerry Kowallis at 717-352-8059 or email gk6684@netscape.net for more information.

Wed., Feb. 5: Open Mic Night: 7–9 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Local musicians, poets, actors, and comedians are invited to participate in a session facilitated by Brad Munn. All performers welcome, and spectators are invited to enjoy the free entertainment. A sound system, microphone, and electric stage piano are provided.

Fri., Feb. 7: Wind Down Friday: 5:30–8 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Patric Schlee and friends play flute, hand drums, didgeridoo, and more in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks and refreshments every Friday.

 

Fri., Feb. 7: Live Music Friday—Andrew Sussman & Company JAZZ: 5:30–8 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Andrew Sussman & Company JAZZ featuring Sussman (keyboard), Ken Jankura (double bass and vocals), and Sam Hepfer (drums) performing jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Sussman is the founder of AAGW and Destination ARTS! and former executive director of the Cumberland Valley School of Music. Refreshments served.

Fri., Feb. 8: Children’s Garden Stakes Class: 1–3 p.m. Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA. Children will create three garden ornaments using a sun, butterfly, or festive flower template. Each stake is made out of stoneware clay and will be painted with colorful glazes, guided by Mary Ashe-Mahr. Recommended for ages 5–12. Fee applies. Visit www.ceramics-nccs.org to register.

Sat., Feb. 8: Demonstration—Spinning Wool into Yarn: 1–3 p.m. 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Pat Beard will demonstrate spinning yarn on an old-fashioned loom. A member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Cumberland Valley Craft Guild, Beard does all her own weaving and sewing.

Sat., Feb. 8: Live Music: 2–4 p.m. 1884 Market House, 15 Schier’s Way, Waynesboro, PA. Free musical entertainment from Joel Newman, who plays everything from blues and jazz to funk and classical. He has performed with musical giants such as T.M. Stevens, Dr. John, Miroslav Vitous, Dick Wagner and David Sanborn.

Sun., Feb. 9: Second Sunday Praise Band Performance: 2–3 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Members of the Faith United Methodist Church praise team will perform a special free concert of contemporary praise and worship music. Open to the public.

Mon., Feb. 10: Artisans Connection: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Music Makers, 46 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Monthly gathering welcoming artists from all disciplines: artisans, authors, musicians, potters, photographers, poets—and those who love art. This month’s theme is Valentine’s Day. Bring poems, art, chocolate, music, and your love of the arts! For more information contact: marjorietressler@comcast.net or 717-762-6791.

Thurs., Feb. 13: Wall Planter Class: 6–8 p.m. Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA. Create a hand-built wall planter decorated with plant pouches, vines, and leaves under the instruction of Mary Ashe-Mahr. Fee applies. Visit www.ceramics-nccs.org to register.

Ongoing Exhibits: 

“From Winter to Spring” Gallery 50, 50 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Our ten featured artists are: Eric Carter, Anne Finucane, Jean Frey, Andrea Horner, Janette Koons, Susan McGinley, Glen Sabetto, Marjorie Tressler, Nicole Troup, and Carol Wilks. Through mid-April.

Visiting Artist: Joe Nadzady: Gallery 35 East, 35 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Gallery 35 East welcomes featured artist Joe Nadzady. The artist’s subjects range from still life to a variety of landscapes and more—a beautiful display of soft pastels, oil and acrylic paintings. Through February.

Featured Guest Artist, Jane Moltrup: 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PAArtist and professional photographer Jane Moltrup’s work includes a wide range of photography subjects, as well as watercolor paintings. She has also written and illustrated a children’s book, “Pitter, Patter Goes the Rain,” and illustrated other children’s books. Through February.

“Contrast” 42 West ARTS Co-Op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PANew all-member show includes theme-related art in various forms including Donna Bingaman oil painting, Denny Bingaman photography and cold cast bronze, Jennifer Caldwell jewelry, Rod and Karri Benedict pottery, Hollis Mentzer art, Gwen Hendrickson photography, fabric art and wood carving, Ed Beard wood burning, Andy Smetzer photography, and Pat Beard fiber art. Through March.

Musical performances at Destination ARTS! are supported in part by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Cultural Alliance of York County.

For more information, call 717-655-2500, visit www.artsalliancegw.org, or email to:  contact@artsalliancegw.org