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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
Craig Davis Consortium
Thursday May 21, 2015 : 7:30PM
Cost: $10 members $15 nonmembers $3 students 21 & under

Craig Davis Consortium 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.

Professional jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator, Craig Davis began playing the piano at age 5 while taking lessons with the organist at his family's Church in Glenshaw, PA. At age 10, Davis moved with his family to Fox Chapel and started weekly classical and jazz piano lessons with Bobby Cardillo, a highly respected pianist and piano teacher from Stanton Heights. Davis attended Shady Side Academy for 12 years and graduated in 1990, where he played piano in the SSA jazz band and received the Creativity Award and Jazz Award.

Upon graduation, Davis attended a five-week jazz program at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee as a full-time student. After completing one year, Davis transferred to Indiana University-Bloomington School of Music, heralded as the top music conservatory west of New York City, where he was given access to top-notch training in music theory and harmony. After receiving his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies at I.U. under the direction of renowned jazz educator David Baker, he returned to Pittsburgh and was quickly recruited by local jazz legend and drummer Roger Humphries. Davis played piano with Roger's quintet R.H. Factor for several years thereafter, most notably being featured on the debut CD of Manchester Craftman's Guild: "A New Home." He also performed with Roger's jazz group at numerous music festivals throughout the tri-state area, such as Tri-C Jazz Fest in Cleveland, Mellon Jazz Festival, and Nemacolin Jazz Fest, and also performed regularly at local jazz clubs in Pittsburgh such as James Street Tavern and The Balcony.

In 2006, Davis released his first recording as a leader named Out of the Gate, which features gifted trumpeter Sean Jones (formerly with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) and talented bassist Jeff Grubbs (member of the Pittsburgh Symphony). His debut CD was repeatedly played on Pittsburgh's former jazz radio station WDUQ, and was nationally syndicated and heard on over 100 jazz radio stations throughout the country.

In 2010, Davis received his Masters in Jazz Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and later that year he was performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center when legendary singer Tony Bennett, who was in attendance that evening, borrowed the microphone and told the audience "this is the best jazz pianist I've ever heard." Davis' debut performance in New York with his jazz trio also took place in 2010 at Kitano Jazz Club on Park Avenue, where he performed many compositions by piano bebop virtuoso and Pittsburgh native Dodo Marmarosa. Soon after the Kitano show, he was invited to join the Artie Shaw Orchestra, a touring national big band.

Davis returned to Pittsburgh in 2013 to be near his family, and currently teaches piano lessons from his apartment in Squirrel Hill between local jazz performances. Two notable shows that he performed recently are a jazz ballet entitled "Left Leg, Right Brain," which debuted at the Byham Theater in Spring of 2014, and an exciting opening performance for the former lead singer of Journey on the main stage during the EQT Regatta in July 2014.
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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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07/17/15 : 7:00PM
Jazz in July in St. Clair Park - Joe Caro & The Met Band
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