The first performance will be Tuesday, March 2 at 9pm and feature special guest sax player Paul Kendall, accompanied by the Steve Adams Trio. Paul Kendall is a versatile saxophonist from eastern Pennsylvania who has been described as, “a thoughtful, deliberate player with bebop roots and hints of Shorter and Coltrane in his approach”. He is a member of The Skip Wilkins Quintet, The Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band, and The Great Swamp Blues Band. While living in New York, Kendall released four CDs as a leader, all which received excellent reviews and heavy radio play nationwide. He was a member of The Charlie Persip Superband and Ken McIntyre’s Big Band. Critics say Kendall, “sounds like a natural jazz musician – his music has the stamp of authenticity – a little of the cool of Stan Getz, the bravado of Joe Lovano, and the bluesiness of an early period Sonny Rollins.” Joining Kendall will be Steve Adams on piano, Bill Stetz on bass, and Angelo Stokes on drums.
The Hammond Brothers, with Phil Haynes on drums and Steve Adams on Hammond B3 organ, will perform at “Jazz at the Genetti” on Tuesday, March 9. Phil Haynes was based in New York for 20 years and is featured on more than 50 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. The international media have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions have been compared to Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Charles Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Now living in central Pennsylvania, Haynes performs regularly throughout the state. He has played with numerous artists including: Ralph Alessi, Don Byron, Jack Dejohnette, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, and Andrea Wolper. Haynes is Bucknell University’s Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence. Steve Adams is well-known in the area as a pianist and composer. In addition to performing with his trio, he performs regularly with a number of local jazz bands, including Jazzin’ and B.D. Bop. Adams has performed with musicians including David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew, Jim Pugh, Tony Marino and George Rabbai.
“Jazz at the Genetti” will again host Zeropoint Big Band on Tuesday, March 16 at 8pm. Members of the band are some of the top musicians in central Pennsylvania, and hail from as far as Harrisburg and as close as downtown Williamsport. Zeropoint Big Band will perform at 8pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month.
On Tuesday, March 23, “Jazz at the Genetti” presents The Captain’s Jazz, a duo with Tim Breon on guitar and Dick Adams on sax. Bassist and guitarist Breon has backed dozens of great performers including: Clay Aiken, Olivia Newton-John, Davy Jones, and Jazz Great David Liebman. He teaches guitar and bass at Lycoming College. Dick Adams has played with a wide range of music acts from pop to Motown. He also performs with the Bobby McCreary Big Band, Williamsport Symphony, and other symphonies.
“Jazz at the Genetti” features British trumpeter Eddie Severn with the Steve Rudolph Trio on Tuesday, March 30. Severn’s career spans over 25 years and covers virtually every musical style, including jazz, classical, pop and country. He has performed with many well-known musicians including Phil Woods, Dave Leibman, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the English Symphony Orchestra. For six years he was lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded music for U.K. television, radio and theater as well as on numerous pop sessions and shows. In 2008 Severn became Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University. Pianist Steve Rudolph studied trumpet and composition at Butler University, and at age 22 performed with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 40 years of professional music making. The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. He has 11 acclaimed CDs as a leader, and has served as producer, arranger and performer on many.
To accompany the music, Montoursville artist and jazz enthusiast Ken Barnes displays his exhibit of vivid portraits of jazz legends in the 4th St. Grille. Barnes’s work, “captures the essence of jazz, with rich brush strokes, muted hues and a soulful style.” He favors oil paintings to create his pieces, which include portraits of legends such as Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, and John Coltrane. Barnes’s artwork continues to be on display through March and is available for purchase.
Most “Jazz at the Genetti” performances begin at 9pm and admission will vary from $4-$5 (students are always $3). The groups will perform in the Hotel’s 4th Street Grille & Ale House. Reservations are optional but it is best to arrive early if you plan to enjoy dinner before the show. Phone 326-6600 for reservations. Please visit the www.billtownjazz.com website for more details on musicians performing at “Jazz at the Genetti”. “Jazz at the Genetti” is sponsored by For Men Only and Lipstick salons.
Submitted by Vivian Severn.