Renfrew Jazz Festival to Feature Guitarist Paul Bollenback with Legendary Jazz Organist Joey Defrancesco

CUTLINE: Legendary jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco and guitarist Paul Bollenback are featured artists in Renfrew Institute's 18th annual free Jazz Festival, scheduled for Sunday, August 23 from 2 to 4pm at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro.



Renfrew Jazz Festival to Feature Guitarist Paul Bollenback with Legendary Jazz Organist Joey Defrancesco

Waynesboro: Renfrew Institute's 18th Annual Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday, August 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. [Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium]. The event features world-renowned musicians and is offered free to the public.
This year's concert will feature jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback with organ legend Joey DeFrancesco, drummer Byron Landham, and singer Chris McNulty.
Joey DeFrancesco is widely regarded as the greatest living jazz organist, having won the Down Beat magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2002. DeFrancesco was born and raised in Philadelphia in a musical family. His father, "Papa" John DeFrancesco was and remains a highly respected Hammond B3 organist, and so Joey started playing the instrument at the age of four. By the age of six, Joey was sitting in on his father's gigs, and by ten he was playing out on his own and also sitting in with organ legends like Jack McDuff and Richard "Groove" Holmes.
When Joey was only 17 years old, Miles Davis asked him to join his band, and he toured Europe and recorded with Davis. Over the years, as his talent, creativity, and virtuosic technique have grown, DeFrancesco has become a legend himself. To date, he has recorded over 20 albums as a leader as well as historic associations with John McLaughlin, Jimmy Smith, Elvin Jones, Pat Martino, and Bobby Hutcherson. His latest release, "Joey D", is available on the High Note label.
Paul Bollenback (guitar) will be appearing at Renfrew for the 16th time in 18 years. Each year that Bollenback returns, he is teamed with a totally different group, including a headliner and rhythm section. Although Bollenback is widely known for his 18-year association with organist Joey DeFrancesco, this will be their first appearance together at Renfrew.
Over the years, Bollenback has recorded seven albums as a leader including his latest, "Invocation," which features Randy Brecker and Chris McNulty and was honored in Downbeat magazine as one of the best CDs of 2008. In addition, Bollenback has been featured on countless other albums as a sideman, including 14 with Joey DeFrancesco, and has performed and/or recorded with Gary Bartz, Stanley Turrentine, Charlie Byrd, James Moody, Paul Bley, David "Fathead" Newman, Arturo Sandoval, Della Reese, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Locke, Dave Valentin, Steve Wilson, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and appeared at jazz festivals and clubs around the world.
In 1997, Bollenbeck was named Musician of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards. Paul continues to tour with his own groups, and recent performances include tours of Australia, Japan, Europe, and Russia, as well as frequent performances in New York and California. He is Artist in Residence at the Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School, and continues to teach at Queens College, New York, the New School, and at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
The event is underwritten by a grant from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.
Additional support provided by Renfrew Institute's Today's Horizon Fund contributors, PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.
Parking for the free concert is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Limited parking for those with special needs is available behind the visitors center. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. For more information call the Renfrew Institute at 717-762-0373, or visit www.renfrewinstitute.org.