Opening this Endless Mountain Music Festival jazz event will be Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants. Stillman on guitar and vocals, Joel Vincent on drums and Colin Beatty on bass will perform the blues on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street. They will play a mix of their own original tunes and blues standards including classics like "Rock Me Baby" by Muddy Waters, "I Get Evil" by Albert King and "King Bee" by Slim Harpo. The band will also play an extensive medley of B.B. King songs. Audience members will be seated at tables and are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks. Concert tickets are $15.
The second EMMF Jazz Fest concert will be Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Deane Center at 104 Main Street. Featured will be the Klinefelter Trio performing jazz selections from the Great American Songbook plus some originals and contemporary jazz. The trio includes Terry and Paul Klinefelter and their son, Christian, an up-and-coming young bass guitarist. Terry is a pianist and singer. A Steinway artist, she performs in both the classical and jazz fields. The principal keyboardist with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Terry is an assistant professor of piano and jazz studies at West Chester University. Paul plays double bass and, since 1989, has performed in the bass section of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Audience members will be seated at tables and are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks. Concert tickets are $25.
Bram Wijnands & Friends will play Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street. Wijnands is a master of jazz, swing and stride piano. He will be at the piano with David Grossman on upright bass and Joe Turner on percussion. They will perform jazz tunes from the 1940s and 1950s, stride piano music Erroll Garner style and Wijnands’ originals. The pre-show dinner will be from 5-7:15 p.m. followed by the show and dancing. Tickets for the show are $25 and for the pre-show dinner are $25. The doors will open at 7:15 p.m. for those who are just coming to see the show.
The 2017 EMMF Jazz Fest will end on Sunday, Feb. 19 with the Family Jazz Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street. An EMMF jazz musician will perform from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during brunch. The music is free. Brunch is $16.95 plus tax.
For ticket information and to reserve a table for the Thursday and Friday concerts, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com. For ticket information about the Saturday concert, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at 570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net. For reservations for the Saturday night pre-show dinner and/or Sunday brunch, call the Penn Wells Hotel at 570-724-2111.
|For the EMMF Jazz Fest, Bram Wijnands & Friends will perform Feb. 18 at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. Wijnands is shown playing both a piano and his celeste, a percussion instrument that makes "a little bell noise" similar to a glockenspiel.|
|Gabe Stillman (shown), a blues prodigy, formed the Billtown Giants in 2015.|