The Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival is pleased to announce the lineup for its third annual festival on May 28, 2016. 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.
“This is really our most eclectic lineup yet,” said Corbin Krug, chair of the Music Selection and Programming Committee. “Big band music is returning to the festival in a big way. We’re hosting our first jazz clinic, and we’re topping it off with our first woman headliner.”
The festival kicks off at 10:15 am with a brief marching performance from festival founders Dad Band. The rest of the day moves from the Next Gen Jazz educational program, through afternoon jazz and blues performances, to evening headline performances, and then into the wee hours at locations around town.
7:30 pm: Trudy Lynn, Blues Headliner
Blues singer Trudy Lynn, known as Houston, TX’s “First Lady of the Blues,” has recorded 11 studio albums. She got her start singing with Albert Collins and Clarence Green and opening for acts like Ike and Tina Turner. Her live performances are legenday. As music critic Alex Henderson writes, “Lynn isn’t one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way.”
5:30 pm: Jevon Rushton, Jazz Headliner
Pittsburgh native Jevon Rushton is a drummer with explosive power, blinding speed, gritty street grooves, and elegant swing. Rushton has played with Kirk Franklin, Dwayne Dolphin, Sean Jones, and Roy Hargrove. Rushton will present a jazz-funk set.
4:15 pm: Richie Cole
A jazz and bebop legend, Richie Cole has performed or recorded with Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson. He’s appeared on over 50 albums, more than 20 under his own name, and performed around the world (including a command performance for the Queen of England).
3:15 pm: Nevin Saylor Big Band
The festival hosts the inaugural performance of Nevin Saylor’s new big band, featuring some of the region’s best jazz players. Featuring guest artist Jeff Bush.
1:15 pm: Jukehouse Bombers
The Jukehouse Bombers, an explosive four-piece from Indiana, Pa., make their second festival appearance. Classic blues, soul, and southern rock served up with a contemporary flavor.
12:00 pm: Grist for the Mill
Back-porch swing and blues from the heart of Ambrose, Pa. (What’s “back porch swing”? According to the band, it’s “the Great American Songbook performed by a string band.”
NEXT GEN JAZZ
Educating the next generation of jazz and blues musicians has always been a goal of the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival.
This year we present our best educational programs to date, with our special guest artist, trombonist Jeff Bush. A former member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s band, Bush has performed with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut, Kevin Mahogany, Marlena Shaw, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Ahmad Jamal, Vanessa Rubin, Jimmy Heath, and Anthony Braxton. He has also been a featured soloist and substitute conductor for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He’ll be conducting a jazz improvisation workshop for student (and grownup) musicians, as well as performing with the Westsylvania All-Star High School Big Band and the Nevin Saylor Big Band.
2:30 pm: Westsylvania All-Star High School Big Band w/ Jeff Bush
The best high school players in the county, with special guest trombonist Jeff Bush.
10:30 am: High School Big Band Showcase
The festival will continue into the wee hours with performances and jam sessions at locations around town. (Locations and performers will be announced closer to the festival date.)
The third annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival takes place May 28, 2016 in Indiana, Pennsylvania’s IRMC Park. The one-day, free jazz and blues festival has featured nationally and internationally known musicians, regional acts, and student musicians playing in a classic American small town. This year’s lineup will be announced on March 16, 2016.
The inaugural 2014 festival was attended by over 1,200 people. Headliners were blues guitarist Sonny Landreth and the Poogie Bell Band featuring trumpeter Sean Jones. In 2015, the second festival featured headliners The New Mastersounds and Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf.
The festival is presented in partnership with the Indiana Arts Council. The steering committee includes representation from jazz quintet the Dad Band, founders of the festival and the local arts community. It is supported by a generous donation from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania; a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; the Indiana Arts Council; 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, the official media sponsors for the 2016 festival and by corporate sponsors and individual patrons.