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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.

Westmoreland Jazz Society Membership
Family - $25
Individual - $20
Senior - $15
Receive $5 off a WJS Membership with your paid Museum membership!

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 7 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
Erin Burkett & Virgil Walters
Thursday December 18, 2014 : 7:30PM
Cost: $10 members $15 nonmembers $3 students 21 & under

Erin Burkett & Virgil Walters Throughout the expansion & renovation of the Museum, all performances will take place at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center at 100 Harrison Avenue in Greensburg.

Be prepared for the joyful merge of the velvety, heart driven vocals of Erin Burkett, the legendary jazz and classical bassist Virgil Walters' captivating lines and intense solos, and the full-bodied guitar styling's of Brazilian and jazz guitarist Eric Susoeff during this Westmoreland Jazz Society performance. A few of Pittsburgh's jazz greats fuse their diverse influences here with originality and joy. Within imaginative musical arrangements, artful delivery, and an unexpected repertoire, together they honor jazz music, popular music, and all the brightness that is life with a musical breath of fresh air.

A Pittsburgh Native, Erin Burkett has soulfully pronounced powerful vocals to countless audiences throughout the North Eastern United States for over twenty years. Having performed since childhood, her first professional gig was at the age of 12. Ms. Burkett has written and produced two CDs of original music and continues to bring her tangible spirit to dedicated audiences, performing in clubs and festivals, and having made both television and radio appearances, in addition to adding her vocal presence to various others recordings. Erin has received radio play locally, on National Public Radio, and in Europe. Rooted in the tradition of spirituals and seasoned in a dozen year study of Blues, Erin's music has been energized by her journey these past eight years into more improvisational music.

Legendary Pittsburgh Jazz Bassist Virgil Walters began his music career during his college years at Carnegie Mellon University while playing Upright Bass for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, he played a year in The Virgin Islands before continuing his work touring the US, Italy, and England with Buddy Greco. He then toured for the next 5 years with internationally-known recording artist Maureen McGovern through the US, Japan, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and The Philippines.

Over his forty year musical journey, Virgil and his Upright Bass have laid the foundation on countless stages with the finest Jazz musicians and nationally known artists, including Rebecca Paris, Sonny Stitt, Dakota Staton, Peggy Lee, and Diane Shurr. Virgil's bass found a home in the high-energy of the Trio Grande, where together with John D'Amico and Rodger Ryan, their music became a formidable power on Pittsburgh's Jazz Scene.

Twice voted Pittsburgh's best bassist, Virgil unfailingly excites audiences with his driving lines and captivating solos. Virgil and Erin have shared their musical resources for the past eight years.
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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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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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