Back by popular demand, York-based tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, along with his sextet, will spread goodwill and holiday cheer at the renowned jazz establishment Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC, on Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18.

Featuring the sultry Philadelphia vocalist Joanna Pascale and the adroit young trumpet sensation Philip Dizack, the sextet is rounded out by pianist Neil Podgurski, bassist Madison Rast and drummer Chris Beck.

This year’s Christmas event is Warfield’s second consecutive holiday gala for the established jazz venue. Immediately following the success of last year’s performance, the band was again booked for this holiday season.

Warfield, who serves as music committee chair for Central PA Friends of Jazz, also serves as artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham , PA, a position he has held for several years. He has traveled the world sharing his innovative approach to music, and has recently appeared in Europe.

Showtimes for the upcoming event are 8:30pm and 10:30pm on both evenings.

The Bohemian Caverns is located at 2001 Eleventh St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001. For more information, log onto


The joint was jumpin’

November 15, 2010


If you missed Tim Warfield and his Organ Band on November 14th – I don’t know what to tell ya’ – except that you missed the performance of a lifetime.

Those guys were sensational! They rocked from the very start at 6pm until the very last tune, which ended close to 9pm. And you’ve NEVER heard “The Beat Goes On” like this before in your life.

But the true testament of the night was the success of Warfield’s recently released “A Sentimental Journey,” which sold in droves! Folks were lining up to get a glimpse of our own Warfield, who recently returned from a trip abroad to give this concert.

The Organ Band is comprised of Warfield (sax), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Pat Bianchi (organ), Daniel Sadownick (percussion) and Chris Beck (drums). Rumor has it they’ll be playing again in the area real soon. Check out Warfield’s schedule here.

A Sentimental Journey

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) is delighted to present Tim Warfield and his all-star band in celebration of the release of “A Sentimental Journey” on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 5-9 pm at the Hilton Harrisburg.

What more can be said about “our own” Tim Warfield? He is now established as a major star with a string of fine Criss Cross label releases. This concert will highlight one of them, Warfield’s latest “A Sentimental Journey.”

With countless jazz releases to pick from, no less than the New York Times picked it as the jazz album of the month, saying “Mr. Warfield presides with a pretty sound, close to singing and full of organized devices to get his solos rolling … Mr. Warfield and Mr. Stafford have been playing together for more than 20 years, and their combined sound as they harmonize on themes, as well as the way they build solos off of each others’ scattered ideas is where the soul of the record lies. The music feels plush at heat-wave tempos; it takes its time and assumes you’re not going anywhere.”

This basic group really took off with “One for Shirley,” a tribute to the late organist Shirley Scott. Tim has re-united the musicians on that album with the exception of Byron Landham replacing Dana Hall on drums.

Tim returns home now from a highly successful tour of Italy, England and Ireland for this appearance.

Terell Stafford (trumpet) has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by the legendary McCoy Tyner. It is no exaggeration. Our good fortune is his regular visits to Harrisburg like last year’s starring performance at the International Trumpet Guild’s Convention.

Stafford has 5 well-received releases as leader and over 80 sideman recordings. He has appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby.”

Pat Bianchi (organ) previously appeared for us with his mentor Joey DeFrancesco. His latest release is “Back Home.” He attended The Eastman School of Music and got his degree at The Berklee College of
Music. He of course played a key role on “One for Shirley” as well as “A Sentimental Journey.”

Daniel Sadownick (percussion) has recorded and toured with The Roots, Steely Dan, Al Green, Billy Idol, Christian McBride, Michael Brecker and Nicholas Payton. His newest release is “There Will Be A Day” on In Time Records. He was nominated for a 2010 Jazz Journalist Award as Percussionist of the Year. For the past 4 years he was voted a “Rising Star” in DownBeat’s International Critics Poll.

Byron Landham (drums) “graduated” from being the drummer of choice in the 1990’s in Philadelphia to international recognition playing with vocalist Betty Carter, saxophonist Houston Person and guitarist Lee Ritenour to name a few. He is so in demand that he spends an average of 4-5 months on the road each year. Shortly after our concert, he leaves to play in Barcelona, Spain.


Ticket prices for the November 14, 2010 concert are:
* General Adult Admission – $25
* General Student Admission – $12
* CPFJ Adult Member – $19
* CPFJ Student Member – $10
* CPFJ School Member Student with School ID – $5
* Children under 12 are always free!

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door after 4.30 pm on the day of the concert.

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.