Okay, it’s not that we’re obsessed, but let’s just say “we’re ecstatic” to bring Cyrus back to the Central PA stage.

For those of you who don’t know why (and we can’t imagine who that might be!), Chestnut is one of the leading jazz pianists on the planet, receiving countless awards for his expertise.

His trio will perform at the Ware Center at 6pm on the Millersville University grounds in Millersville, PA. Preceding the trio will be the Hempfield H.S. Jazz Ensemble at 5pm.

Tickets can be obtained online via CPFJ’s website or by dialing 717.540.1010.

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We’re counting down the days until we open our mid-season with the incomparable CYRUS CHESTNUT! As noted, Chestnut will perform on March 18th at the Ware Center at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.

Chestnut has performed with some of the legendary and leading musicians in music, not simply jazz, such as Isaac Hayes and Kathleen Battle, to name a few. His talent is undeniable! Critics agree: Cyrus Chestnut is AMAZING – and this is one concert you won’t want to miss.

To get your tickets, log onto http://www.cpfj.org or call 717.540.1010. Tickets MIGHT be available at the door (if we’re not sold out)!

Tickets can be purchased online via CPFJ’s website or by dialing 717.540.1010.


Back by popular demand, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio will open CPFJ’s new season on Sunday, March 18th at the Ware Center/Millersville University in Millersville, PA. The show starts promptly at 5pm with the Hempfield H.S. Jazz Ensemble. The Trio will appear at 6pm.

Chestnut is one of the leading jazz pianists in the world. Born in Baltimore, MD, Chestnut earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging Berklee and was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie awards for exceptional performance standards at the college.

He has performed with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business, including Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online via CPFJ’s website or by dialing 717.540.1010.


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!