- Jazz, blues, and kids’ tunes, with a repertoire that includes Ellington, Basie, Miles Davis, the Elmo song, and more
- Stuart Chandler, drums; Dave Ferguson, bass; Corbin Krug, piano; Mike Powers, saxophone; Ken Sherwood trumpet
- From Indiana, PA. The dads met when all five had children at IndiKids daycare.
- Performances: IUP Homecoming Parade; Indiana Free Library Night in the Stacks, First Unitarian Universalist Concert Series, Family Fun Fest, New Growth Arts Festival, NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, and more
- Dad Band will perform at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival’s Jazz Crawl on June 19.
- Dad Band are the guys who started the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival.
Big congratulations to Warren Wolf on being named the 2015 Mallets Instrumentalist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association!
We’re honored to host Warren next Saturday, May 23, at the second annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival. He’ll take the stage as a special guest with Elevations at 5:30 pm for what promises to be a great show.
We thank our friends at the Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival for bringing this performance to Westsylvania 2015!
- Professor of music and chair, IUP string faculty.
- First violinist, Litton Quartet.
- Recordings: Three CDs–the latest, Double Take, featuring works by Bach and Telemann and original jazz compositions based on them.
- Clinics: A highly sought-after teacher and clinician, Stanley is known for his innovative approach to teaching improvisation to string players of all ages. He has given clinics at Michigan State University, Washington State University, Baldwin Wallace College, the University of Ohio, the University of Oregon, the Pittsburgh Music Academy, and many more institutions.
- Director, IUP Jazz Band; professor of music, IUP.
- Was principal saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band, performing on sax and piano with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring the world.
- Recordings: Solo CD: Saxophone Voices from Five Countries, sold on Amazon; two master class CDs with The Saxophone Journal on performance techniques.
Nathan Santos, bass
- Collaborations: Bernadette Peters, Joe Morello, Sherryl Milnes, Lou Christie, John Blake, Jr., George Young, Bruce Hornsby, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Carrie Tillis, Five By Design, and many others.
- Professor of bass studies at IUP, 2002-2012. Nathan formed the IUP Studio Bass Ensemble, enabling students to experience the bass in nontraditional roles. Repertoire placed the performers into duets, trios, and quartets on acoustic and electric instruments.
Laura Ferguson, vocals
- Professor of music, IUP
- Downbeat Magazine award-winning singer
- National leader in elementary jazz education
John Mullen, drums
- Music graduate student, IUP
Andrew Milliken, piano
- Graduated with a BFA in Music from IUP, 2015
Our boots are on the ground and moving fast now, handling the logistics to bring you a great, free festival: big jazz and blues, all day, Saturday, May 23, in the wonderful small-town atmosphere of Indiana, PA.
There’s no way the Delaney-Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival could be brought to you for free without incredible support from the following organizations.
They’re called in-kind donors because they contribute funds, services, and goods in line with their industry, but we think of them as kind donors. And we’re grateful for their generosity.
A big thank-you to this awesome group for support in many forms:
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Artists Hand Gallery
- Bet I Can Productions
- Dad Band
- Disobedient Spirits
- Downtown Indiana, Inc.
- Dynamic Real Estate
- Eagles Club
- Holiday Beverages
- Indiana Arts Council
- Indiana County Tourist Bureau
- IUP Jazz Combo
- IUP Lively Arts
- IUP College of Fine Arts
- Levity Brewing
- Michael B. Shoes
- Chuck Olson
- Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy
- Jimmy Roach
- Six Hand Bakery
- Trim Tree Nursery
- Tom Zoucha
We also thank our corporate sponsors and partners and individual patrons!
- Authentic deep-South blues.
- Eugene “Georgia Nightcrawler” Morgan, guitar and vocals; John “the Junkman” Burgh, piano.
- Pittsburgh based.
- Eugene was born in Ochlocknee, GA.
- Won top duo award, Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania 2014 Blues Challenge.
- Eugene’s albums include Count on Me and Enough Is Enough on Bonedog Records.
- Festivals/performances: Eugene has played around the Rust Belt for 30 years in festivals; with blues legends; and as opening act for Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other ’70s bands.
- “Morgan is a fine singer and guitar player, with gritty, soulful vocals” – Jim White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- John’s daytime job is running his family’s salvage business.
Trending international acts, rising stars in the region, and talented local student musicians take the stage starting at 10 am at the second annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, May 23 in Indiana, Pa.
The free outdoor festival brings jazz, blues, soul, and funk to IRMC Park, located at Philadelphia and 7th Streets, until 9 pm. Afterwards Downtown venues get in the swing with late-night shows.
“What’s great about Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania is you can hear major jazz and blues—including musicians who have the jazz world buzzing now—in a relaxed, small-town atmosphere,” said Rebecca Slak, executive director of the Indiana Arts Council, the festival’s presenting partner.
The New Mastersounds and Elevations, with special guest Warren Wolf, are the headliner acts. New Mastersounds, a jazz, blues, soul, and funk jam band from Leeds, England, has taken the U.S. festival and venue circuit by storm. “NMS are easily the best of the recent crop of bands for whom samplers are moribund but valve amps provide the meaning of life,” says the BBC’s Greg Boraman.
Wolf, vibraphonist, pianist, and drummer from Baltimore and acclaimed worldwide, is a member of NPR jazz host Christian McBride’s Inside Straight. Pittsburgh-based Elevations plays music firmly rooted in the jazz tradition with a blend of diverse influences, and is gaining a reputation as one of today’s most exciting and unique young jazz groups. This show is presented by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Pittsburgh-based Eugene and the Junkman won the top duo award in the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania 2014 Blues Challenge for their authentic blues/gospel voice and guitar style. The Terry Gordon Quintet, from upstate New York, brings an adventurous approach to original jazz music, with straight-ahead romps, deep-pocketed funk, and free-form excursions.
Food options abound, with over 30 restaurants in town including festival sponsor Caffé Amadeus and delivery services to the festival site from Donut Connection, Pita Pit, Romeo’s Pizza, and Thai Cafe. All festival performances are free; late night-venues may have a cover charge.
|10:00 am||Dad Band|
|10:45 am||Low Tide|
|11:30 am||Westsylvania All-Star High School Jazz Band|
|12:15 pm||IUP Faculty Jazz Combo|
|1:30 pm||Eugene and the Junk Man|
|2:45 pm||Black Cat Moan|
|4:00 pm||Terry Gordon Quintet|
|5:30 pm||Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf|
|7:30 pm||The New Mastersounds|
|9:00 pm||Late-night acts across town|
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; Downtown Indiana, Inc.; and the Indiana business community. It is supported by generous donations from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania, and from the EQT Foundation; by a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and by corporate sponsors and individual patrons.
- Original jazz, both traditional and innovative
- Terry Gordon, trumpet, fluegelhorn; Eric Walentowicz, tenor and soprano sax, flute; Michael Louis-Smith, guitar; Bill Lawrence, bass; Matthew Maguire, drums
- From upstate New York
- Albums: 4; most recently Tomorrow Calling
- Members’ performances/collaborations: Montreal and Rochester International Jazz Festivals, Empire Jazz Orchestra, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, Brass-o-Mania, George Merritt, Ray Anthony, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Jerry Valle, Eddie Fisher, Tim Olsen Big Band, Funkdawgs, Ray Alexander Trio, and many others
- “This group’s strengths are many, from the proven writing skills of Gordon and saxophonist Eric Walentowicz, to the always-fiery approach of guitarist Michael-Louis Smith. [Tomorrow Calling] is packed full of diverse sounds, from deep groove-based funk to near-free jazz and even a beautiful samba.” – Jeff Nania, Metroland
- “New vintage blues”—a new vibe blending country blues guitar style of early 1900s, jazz drumming of the ’20s-’50s, and rock ‘n soul vocal styling of the ’50s-’60s
- George Byich, guitar; Zach Bodoloski, drums; T.K. Mundok, harp and vocals
- From Johnstown and Pittsburgh
- Festivals/performances: Ameriserve Flood City Music Festival 2013, 2014; opening act for legend Billy Price; Venue of Merging Arts; and clubs around SWPA
- The new generation of jazz
- Michael Stephenson, tenor sax & vocals; Benny Benack III, trumpet; Brett Williams, piano & keyboards; Anton DeFade, upright & electric basses; George Heid III, drums & percussion
- From Pittsburgh
- Second album “To the Stars” released in May; Festivals: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and more
- “With these players, I know there is real hope for the future of jazz” — Roger Humphries Sr., drummer, formerly with Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, and Ray Charles
- Presented by Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival
- Benny Benack III led student clinics and performed with student musicians as Jazz Artist in Residence, Indiana Area School District, 2014
- Multi-instrumentalist: vibraphone, marimba, drums, piano
- From Baltimore
- Albums: Recording as a leader since 2005. Recording with Mack Avenue Records since 2011, releasing Warren Wolf (produced by Christian McBride) and Wolfgang.
- Tours/performances/collaborations with: Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Christian McBride and Inside Straight; SFJazz Collective; alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with Beyonce Knowles; Donal Fox Group; Bobby Watson’s Live and Learn Sextet; Karriem Riggins’s Virtuoso Experience; and many others
- “He has a sense of swing and a percussive style. He has great dynamics, excellent compositions and is very exciting.” — Bruce Lundvall, former head, Blue Note Records
- “The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he’s made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets.” — Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR