Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker: Plenty of Heat for February

February 16, 2010


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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