Pete Reichlin brings a quintet to the Pennsylvania Jazz Society “Fall Jam Session,” 2 - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.
The quintet is expected to open with a set of traditional jazz tunes and selections from the Great American Songbook before opening the floor to jazz musicians in attendance wanting to sit in with the band.
Laurence Hobgood brings his trio to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Hobgood has had a 30-year career as a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer. The Grammy recipient has performed at venues throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood and the White House.
The Peter & Will Anderson Trio presents “Artie Meets Benny,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The concert will feature contemporary takes on the music of Swing Band era bandleaders Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. There will be discussion of their music and place in history and vintage clips of Shaw and Goodman.
The Andersons will present a separate concert in the Rodale Room for area high school students.
“The Secret,” a new mixed-media play by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), the Bethlehem native and poet, has its world premiere, Oct. 5 - 8, Touchstone Theatre, as part of “Festival Unbound.”
“The Secret” is part of “Finding H.D., A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle,” a year-long series of events organized by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public Library, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown and Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.
Don Braden brings “Earth, Wind and Wonder” to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.
Braden, adept on saxophone and flute, is a prolific composer, arranger and educator. He has toured worldwide with such jazz greats Kenny Barron, Betty Carter, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Williams, as well as with the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.
The Midiri Brothers Orchestra brings its exciting brand of jazz to open the Pennsylvania Jazz Society’s fall 2019 season, 2 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.
Group members include Joe Midiri, clarinet, sax; Paul Midiri, vibraphone; Dan Tobias, trumpet; Pat Mercuri, guitar; Jack Hegyi, bass, and Jim Lawlor, drums.
“Our band is eclectic. We play a little bit of everything,” says Joe Midiri in a phone interview.
Chaise Lounge returns for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for a free buffet, included with the ticket price admission. A cash bar is available.
The Washington, D.C.-based group presents an upbeat blend of standards and originals with an early 1960s’ jazz vibe.
Charlie Barnett, piano, accordion and guitar, also writes and-or arranges most of the group’s tunes.
Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based brass band, performs at Musikfest, 5 p.m. Aug, 9, Guardian Insurance Company of America Zinzenplatz, Main and Lehigh streets, Bethlehem.
Big Boy Brass plays an eclectic genre-bending blend of high-energy rock, pop, funk and traditional jazz with a twist.
The ensemble includes Connor Devlin, sousaphone; Vincent Shickora, Ben Ewing, Nolan Wible, trumpets; Dominic Mascaro, trombone; Sam Yoder, trombone and guitar; Nick Franks and Paul Berry, saxophones, and Matt Woodson, drums.
If you have a taste for Big Band music, mark 7:30 p.m. June 21 on your calendar when the Rob Stoneback Big Band holds court in Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room for the “Jazz Upstairs Series.”
The 19-piece unit has performed with such notables as Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Manhattan Transfer and Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. to name a few. The Stoneback Big Band has four CDs to its credit, and has recorded with Simone, Nina Simone’s daughter.
Jerry Rife and his Rhythm Kings bring their take on hot jazz to the Pennsylvania Jazz Society, 2 p.m. June 2, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.
Rife’s lifelong love of jazz started with a “Dukes of Dixieland” vinyl album he received as a youth.
Says Rife: “It changed my life. I wanted to be those people. With some friends, I formed a Dixieland band in my junior high, high school days. We played the ‘Ted Mack Amateur Hour’ and we actually did gigs for money.