Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz night at
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
Pat Bianchi Quartet
Friday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Club ECP at the Double Tree (Reading, PA)
Friends of Jazz members receive $5 off tickets with code "CPFJ"
Pat Bianchi Quartet
feat. Joe Locke (vibes), Paul Bollenback (guitar), and Byron Landham (drums)
Grammy nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. When Pat is not leading his own trio, he performs regularly with jazz guitar icon, Pat Martino and also continues to perform with NEA Jazz Master and saxophone legend, Lou Donaldson.
Born in Rochester, New York, Bianchi comes from a musically gifted family. He began playing organ at the age of 7 and was playing his first professional gigs by the age of 11. While in grade school, he enrolled in The Eastman School of Music’s preparatory program for piano and music theory. Bianchi continued his studies at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. While at Berklee, Bianchi had the honor to perform with such greats as: Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Dakota Staton, Ralph Peterson, Tim Warfield, George Benson and many others.
Bianchi has released six CD's as a leader and is also a featured artist on over 30 recordings. His newest release, "In The Moment” (Which was #1 on Jazzweek Radio Charts and #2 for over 7 weeks) features an array of guests including Pat Martino, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, Paul Bollenback, Byron Landham, Carmen Intorre, Jr.
Teen Town is a 2019 DownBeat award-winning, powerhouse jazz fusion trio led by award-winning bassist Gabriel Severn (15), with Logan Bedard (17) on drums and Connor Rohrer (19) on keys. These teen phenoms are taking audiences by storm with their energy, their undeniable chemistry, and their exceptional talent. Named after one of the great jazz fusion tunes of the '70s, their sets span several decades and genres, and might include tunes by the Average White Band, Weather Report, and Chick Corea, as well as their originals. Close your eyes and you'd think they've been playing for decades, but despite their ages, they've each made hundreds of live appearances.
"Teen Town unassumingly walked onstage, then proceeded to floor the place with 30 minutes of jazz fusion covers from such luminaries as Weather Report and David Sanborn." -The Reading Eagle
Teen Town hit the ground running after their debut in May 2017. They received a 2019 DownBeat Student Music award for Outstanding Performance and were recently nominated as Best Jazz Band by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame. The band has taken the stage at the 2018 and 2019 Boscov's Berks Jazz Festivals, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, the Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival, TEDx Harrisburg, the Harrisburg ArtsFest, the Dauphin County Cultural Fest, Mt. Gretna Heritage Festival, the Central PA Jazz Fest, the People's Choice Festival, the 2018 Millennium Music Conference, the River City Blues Club, the Central PA Jazz Camp, and the Lock Haven Jazz and Arts festival. They've opened for Sheila E., the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, the Ben Wolfe Trio, the Dwayne Dolphin 4tet, and the Original Drifters. TV and radio appearances include ABC TV's Good Day PA, Pennsylvania Pipeline TV, WVIA's Homegrown Music, and WVIA's live studio Homegrown Concert. The band has held music education clinics at the Berks Jazz Fest's Get JazzED Day and at the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp.