The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) is happy to welcome The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project, direct from their engagement at Washington’s Kennedy Center, on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg & Towers in Harrisburg, PA.

They will perform hits from their latest release, “Work to Do” (Mack Avenue Records), which combines jazz, soul, pop and R&B.

Carl Allen performed for CPFJ in the 1990s with bass poll-winner Christian McBride and anchored a CPFJ Festival rhythm section for the Jon Faddis Quartet and the Kenny Drew, Jr. Trio. Rodney Whitaker made several CPFJ appearances in Harrisburg with the likes of Diana Krall and trumpet giant Roy Hargrove.

Carl Allen has over 150 recordings to his credit. The gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur and educator, whose profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

In 2006, Rodney Whitaker, who is also a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, was nominated for the Juno Award, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy, for his work on “Let Me Tell You About My Day,” produced by Alma Records. Whitaker collaborated with musicians Phil Dwyer and Alan Jones on the album, which was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.

The Project Band is comprised of pianist Xavier Davis, who visited recently as part of the hugely successful Tom Harrell Quintet. He too teaches at Juilliard.

From the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music comes guitarist Rodney Jones, perhaps best known for his time with Dizzy Gillespie; and up-and-coming altoist Tim Green makes his first appearance at CPFJ.

The Millersville University Jazz Band, headed by Keith Wiley, opens promptly at 5pm.

Ticket prices are as follows:

. General Adult Admission – $25;

. General Student Admission – $12;

. CPFJ Adult Member – $19;

. CPFJ Student Member – $10; and

. CPFJ School Member Student with School ID – $5

. Children under 12 are always FREE!

Tickets may be purchased at http://www.cpfj.org, by phoning 717.540.1010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              717.540.1010      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or at the door at 4:30 pm on the day of the concert.

Hope to see you there!

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The secret’s out. (And boy am I glad — I was about to BURST!)

It’s official: Grammy award-winning vocalist Patti Austin will be the headliner at CPFJ’s 30th Annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 12th at the Hilton Harrisburg!

Festivities will kick off at 5pm Thursday, June 10th with the Jazz Walk, which includes great jazz performances throughout various venues in the downtown and mid-town areas. This year’s festival is dedicated to Women in Jazz and will feature some of the finest female jazz vocalists from Harrisburg and surrounding areas during the Walk.

On Thursday, June 10th at 5pm, a hearty “Welcome” will officially begin the Jazz Festival at the Hilton Harrisburg after which time “nuttin’ but jazz” will permeate most downtown and mid-town arenas.

The show-stopping performance of the remarkable Patti Austin will highlight the festival on Saturday night in the ballroom of the Hilton.

In addition to Austin, the outstanding 15-member, all-female DIVA will perform on Friday evening! For certain, CPFJ provides the finest in jazz – and most notably during its jazz festivals; however, even WE have to admit: we pulled out all the stops for this baby, our 30th!

You’ll want to be there. Reserve your tickets now by calling (717) 540-1010 or by visiting us online at www.cpfj.org. Space is limited – and this is the festival everyone will be talking about for years to come.

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya’.