Westmoreland 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 email@example.com.
Eric DeFade |
Thursday February 19, 2015 : 7:30PM
Cost: $10 members $15 nonmembers $3 students 21 & under
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.
With over thirty years of professional experience, Eric DeFade is in demand as a performing artist and studio musician. Few musicians enjoy a schedule as demanding or varied.
Eric has played with music greats Rosemary Clooney, Josh Groban, the New York Voices, Gary Burton, John Scofield, Dave Liebman, Ahmad Jamal, and Benny Golson. He has toured internationally with The Artie Shaw Band and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Eric has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show accompanying legendary jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson and has been a featured performer for the My Music series on PBS.
Eric received a scholarship to study jazz performance at the University of North Texas and was the lead tenor saxophonist with the Dallas jazz orchestra. After working extensively in the Dallas club and studio scene, Eric relocated to Tokyo to lead his own jazz combo. Upon returning to the U.S., Eric began a busy schedule including performances with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Civic Light Opera, The Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, the Manchester Craftman's Guild all star big band, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Bill Price and Benny Benack. He has toured North America with international singing sensation Patrizio Buanne.
Eric has played on two Grammy award winning projects and won an Emmy for his work on the music special, Live from Studio A. In the fall of 2012, he was inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame. In addition to a year round performance schedule, Eric is an artist/lecturer in saxophone and director of jazz ensembles at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting artist at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, adjunct professor of saxophone at Seton Hill University, director of jazz studies at CMU pre college, music chair of the Henry Mancini Arts Academy, and clinician for the Pennsylvania Arts on Tour program.