We are pleased to announce the lineup for the second annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival. The free, outdoor, one-day festival will once again present a full afternoon and evening of jazz and blues performances in IRMC Park, in downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania. It takes place on May 23, 2015.
The year the lineup has gone international while keeping its local focus, with bands hailing from overseas, New York, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and right here in Indiana.
There’s more to come! As we did last year, we’ll include several regional high school bands in the lineup. And the festival will be followed by late-night sessions across town until the wee hours.
Finally, if you want to help us promote this festival and make it the best it can be, please considering coming to the Westsylvania Blues Happy Hour this Friday, March 27.
The New Mastersounds have absorbed a half-century of jazz, R&B, soul, blues, and funk and created a sound that is entirely their own. For over 15 years they have been playing high-energy sold-out shows all over Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Westsylvania stage.
Elevations is a Pittsburgh-native group that is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most exciting and unique groups in the young generation of today. Their music is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition with a blend of diverse influences.
They will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf. Performing on vibraphone, marimba, drums, and piano, Wolf has played and recorded with dozens of artists, from Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Tia Fuller, and Mulgrew Miller to Ron Carter, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spaulding. He tours and performs with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Bobby Watson’s Live and Learn Sextet, and Karriem Riggins’s Virtuoso Experience. He records as a leader for Mack Avenue Records.
Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf are presented by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Black Cat Moan has coined the phrase “New Vintage Blues” to describe their music: a modern blues sound that looks to the source of early recorded blues, like Robert Johnson, for inspiration.
Born in the deep south of the Georgia cotton fields but raised in the north, Eugene Morgan has an authentic blues/gospel voice and guitar style to match.
The festival draws on Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s world-class music school for a jazz combo performance by music faculty. Performers will include Stanley Chepaitis, electric violin; Keith Young, saxophone; and Nathan Santos, bass.
The Terry Gordon Quintet comes to Westsylvania from upstate New York and brings a creative, adventurous approach to original jazz music.
The second annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival takes place May 23, 2015 in Indiana, Pennsylvania’s IRMC Park. The one-day, free jazz and blues festival features a lineup that includes nationally and internationally known musicians, regional acts, and student musicians playing in a classic American small town.