Renfrew Institute Jazz Festival to feature jazz trio in free concert

Renfrew Institute Jazz Festival to feature jazz trio in free concert

Waynesboro: The 19th Annual Renfrew Institute Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday, August 29, from 2pm to 4pm on the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. [Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium]. The event features top jazz musicians and is offered free to the public.
This year's concert will feature a "Saxophone Summit" with internationally renowned musicians Jim Snidero (alto sax) and Ronnie Cuber (baritone and tenor sax), along with guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer McClenty Hunter.
Hailed as an "alto sax virtuoso" and "master musician" by Downbeat Magazine, Jim Snidero has recorded 14 albums as a leader since 1984. He gained recognition early in his career, working and recording with legendary organist Brother Jack McDuff soon after moving to New York in 1981. Since then he has recorded and/or performed with some of the most important names in jazz, including the Mingus Big Band, Frank Wess, Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maria Schneider, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting, drum masters Steve Smith and Billy Higgins. Snidero was also awarded a grant from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts to make a recording with Jack Dejohnette and Dave Holland. As a touring bandleader and recording artist, Snidero's sidemen read as a who's who on the current jazz scene: Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Benny Green, Louis Hayes, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Peter Washington, Eric Alexander, Kevin Hayes, Tim Hagans, Kenny Washington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Paul Bollenback, to name a few.
Baritone saxophonist/flutist, Ronnie Cuber is one of the most highly lauded masters of his instrument and has performed with countless jazz, Latin, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues recordings over the past 50 years. Born in 1941 in New York City, his first notable work was with Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band in 1959. During the 1960s, he was featured with the groups of Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and Lonnie Smith. In the 1970s, Cuber performed with Eddie Palmieri (playing both flute and baritone sax), worked with Lee Konitz, and recorded several albums as a leader. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band for five years during the 1980s. Since the '80s, he has released a succession of traditional jazz recordings such as Live at the Blue Note, Passion Fruit, Airplay, Love For Sale, The Scene Is Clean, Cubism and Pinpoint. Other musicians who have recruited Cuber for sessions include Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, and David Byrne.
Paul Bollenback (guitar) will be appearing at Renfrew for the 17th time in 19 years. Each year that Bollenback returns, he is teamed with a totally different group, including a headliner and rhythm section. Over the years, Bollenback has recorded seven albums as a leader including, "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.
Ugonna Okegwo is one of the most distinctive and sought after bassists in the world. The long list of musicians he has worked with includes Kenny Barron, JoAnne Brackeen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Junior Cook, Lou Donaldson, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Mingus Big Band, Joshua Redman, Dizzy Reece, Wallace Roney, David Sanchez, Pharoah Sanders, Marlena Shaw, Carrie Smith, James Spaulding, Grady Tate, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Carter, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, and Frank Wess. Now a leader in his own right, he has toured with his quartet to Europe and documented the group with a recording entitled "UOniverse." The material, which consists of his compositions and brilliantly arranged standards, draws from a wide range of influences, including jazz, African, funk, and classical music.
McClenty Douglas Hunter Jr. is a recent graduate of Howard University and The Juilliard School. His musical roots were planted in church, which led to three live recording sessions with Gospel Grammy Award Winning Artists, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin and Darin Atwater's Soulful Symphony of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently residing in New York City, McClenty has performed with Lou Donaldson, Les McCann, Wycliffe Gordon, Javon Jackson, Aaron Goldberg, Jim Snidero, Eric Reed, and Paul Bollenback. He is the Music Director of KIPP Academy String and Rhythm Orchestra, located in the Bronx, NY.
The event is underwritten by 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 is provided by Cinetic Landis, and by Renfrew Institute's Today's Horizon Fund contributors, PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation, and an anonymous donor, and by donations to the Institute in memory of Pete Robson. 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.