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Westmoreland Jazz Society

Westmorland Jazz Society In January 1997, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art established the Westmoreland Jazz Society to provide a venue for America's classical music art form -- jazz. Since the Museum's collection is comprised of American art, the connection has made a great combo!

Today, the WJS membership organization has over 200 members and is a vital organization run by volunteers. The Society's mission is to reach out to regional artists by providing a venue for performing.

The WJS meets at the Museum on the third Thursday of the month from September through June for a jazz performance. During its season, the WJS presents many of the finest and most respected jazz musicians of the region.

To keep the music playing, we need your support -- consider taking a membership or join us on the third Thursday of the month.

Throughout the expansion & renovation of the Museum building, all performances will take place at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center at 100 Harrison Avenue in Greensburg at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for WJS members, $15 non-members, $3 students (age 21 and under). Call 724/837-1500 ext. 127 for membership information or gleiner@wmuseumaa.org.

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Featured Event
Jazz in July in St. Clair Park - The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Friday July 25, 2014 : 7:00PM
Cost: FREE

Jazz in July in St. Clair Park - The Glenn Miller Orchestra Please note: This is a FREE Friday night concert that will take place in St. Clair Park in Greensburg as part of the SummerSounds concert series.

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.

Originally formed in 1938 by Glenn Miller, the band was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. The band became very popular and recorded a number of chart successes  among these were the ever-popular "Moonlight Serenade", "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", and "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo."

After the disappearance (and presumed death) of Miller in 1944, the band was reconstituted under the direction of Tex Beneke, its lead tenor saxophonist, singer, and one of Miller's longtime close friends. A few years later, the Miller estate, having parted ways with Beneke, hired Ray McKinley, principal drummer in Miller's Army Air Force band, to organize a new "ghost band" in 1956.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra continued to record and perform under various leaders. Singer Nick Hilscher became the director of the touring band in 2012, replacing previous director Gary Tole.
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Other Westmoreland Jazz Society Events
09/18/14 : 7:30PM
Firm Roots featuring James Moore, Jeff Bush, Eric Defade, Alton Merrell, Paul Thompson, and Thomas Wendt
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10/16/14 : 7:30PM
RML Jazz
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11/20/14 : 7:30PM
Donna Bailey
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12/18/14 : 7:30PM
Erin Burkett & Virgil Walters
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01/15/15 : 7:30PM
Eric Barchiesi
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02/19/15 : 7:30PM
Eric DeFadeĀ 
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03/19/15 : 7:30PM
Harold Betters Quartet
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04/16/15 : 7:30PM
Kevin McManus and The Bone Forum
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05/21/15 : 7:30PM
Craig Davis Consortium
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06/19/15 : 7:00PM
Jazz in June in St. Clair Park - TBD
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