FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Pianist Fred Hughes Homecoming Concert

Lancaster native and Hempfield High School alumni Fred Hughes returns to perform in concert as part of the Fulton Theater’s Jazz Upstairs series on Friday May 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

While stationed in Korea as a member of the Eighth Army Band, Fred formed the jazz group Just Friends which recorded 6 albums and performed to sold out houses as well as live radio and television broadcasts.

Fred returned to Lancaster in 1985 and formed the jazz trio Alternative with whom he performed locally as well as throughout the eastern U.S. He later went on to join the United States Army’s premier touring jazz ensemble, the Jazz Ambassadors performing at prestigious jazz festival venues such as Newport, Montreux, Nice and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Fred has performed with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, Al Cohn, Roy Hargrove, Bill Waltrous and Toots Thielemans. As a conductor he has directed the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta, Dayton and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

An extremely accomplished jazz pianist, as well as composer, Fred is an energetic performer exhibiting a strong, hard swinging style. Fred will be joined by bassist Keith Mohler and drummer Dan Monaghan performing jazz standards as well as original compositions.

Tickets are $10.00 advance $12.00 door, call 717.397.7425 or visit http://www.thefulton.org

For more information visit http://www.fredhughes.com

Interview contact: 410.703.0755 or email fhughes@comcast.net

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Etienne Charles

CPFJ will feature the Etienne Charles Trio on Sunday, March 20th at 5pm at the Hilton Harrisburg.

As a precursor, BlogTalkRadio’s “Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown” will interview Charles for this upcoming concert. The show’s host, Judith Brown, is also the publicist for CPFJ and says, “It’s a natural solution to getting the word out there. Of course, we (CPFJ) also use traditional means – such as press releases, ads and social media – to publicize our events. But adding my show to the mix is definitely an added benefit.”

Other CPFJ-associated artists interviewed on “Livin’ the Dream!” include Aaron Goldberg (who performed at CPFJ’s February Sunday concert) and Amy Banks (a friend and former board member of CPFJ).

To hear Etienne Charles’ interview LIVE, click here on Friday, Mar 18th at 2pm, where you’ll also be able to participate in the chat session during the interview.

You can also listen on your phone by dialing 347-539-5805.


Ahhh, the joys of LIVE MUSIC! Nothing beats it.

If you were privy to attend this past Sunday concert featuring The Aaron Goldberg Trio, you know that what I’m about to say is absolutely true; if you weren’t: too bad, too sad…because the Goldberg Trio lit up that Hilton Harrisburg like fireworks on Independence Day! They were truly awesome!!!

But that’s not the whole story. Let me give you the Reader’s Digest version:

Goldberg, who performed in Haiti Saturday night (yes, the real Haiti, not…like “little Haiti” that might refer to a small Haitian community in the states…THE HAITIAN ISLAND!). Anyway, in order to make it to CPFJs gig, Goldberg did everything short of bribery to get here. Seriously. And if you were there on Sunday, you would know that this also is true: apparently Goldberg’s second career is stand-up comedy. His deadpan delivery is simply classic. Perfect timing (which comes in handy in music too) and straight face (which could be attributed to jet lag) were spot-on, regardless of the inspiration.

To add to the night’s “are you kidding me?” theme: When renowned bassist Omer (pronounced o-MARE) Avital picked up his instrument to begin the set a string popped. Just like that – POP! But Omer is so gifted that no one could tell the difference. Add to his flair Goldberg’s skills and the rock-solid performance by drummer Eric Harland – and you had yourself one of the best concerts to hit this circuit. Hands down!

So there you have it: the recap from this past Sunday’s concert. It was an “out-of-this-world, Lord-have-mercy!, give-me-some-more” classic jazz performance.

Up next: CPFJ presents The Etienne Charles Quartet LIVE at the Hilton Harrisburg on March 20th at 6pm (with a local jazz ensemble starting us off at 5pm). And on April 17th, CPFJ brings back by popular demand the great Mulgrew Miller – this time LIVE at Hollywood Casino.

Yeah, folks…we’re just gettin’ started…


Catch us in The Burg

Be sure to catch the great article in the October 2010 issue of The Burg, which should be released to the public within the next two weeks.

The article discusses CPFJ’s featured Oct Sunday concert for the 17th – Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Band. A special thanks to The Burg for their support of CPFJ and its efforts. You are the best!

See you at the concert on Oct 17th at 6pm at the Hilton Harrisburg!

Final days of summer…

September 3, 2010


Yes, the kids are in school and the summer’s coming to its end…but that doesn’t mean the music ends here. In fact, we’re just getting started, so you simply MUST mark your calendars for the upcoming CPFJ Sunday concert series – now in its 31st season!

As is always the case, CPFJ continues to bring only the finest jazz artists on the scene today – as is evident by our 2010 fall lineup.

Tierney Sutton 9/12

This year we bring the lovely Tierney Sutton and her band (Sept 12th)…

Poncho Sanchez 10/17

…the internationally-renowned Poncho Sanchez (Oct 17th)…

Tim Warfield 11/14

…and one of our hometown favorites, Tim Warfield (Nov 14th CD release party) to the Harrisburg stage at the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg.

December will bring CPFJs Holiday Gala with the Military Big Band on the 5th.

Tickets range from $5 to $25 and can be purchased online and even at the door on the day of the concert.

So…just because summer’s on the way out doesn’t mean the heat isn’t still on. See you soon.