Hot jazz in a cool setting

August 22, 2002

Imagine a 19th century German farm in a bucolic Pennsylvania setting - house and barn, field and old trees. Now hear the sounds of cool jazz notes floating out into the late summer air. It's a jazzy sort of juxtaposition, cool enough to put together for the 11th year.

But this isn't just any jazz festival. The players' resumes read like a who's who of jazz.

Jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback will return to Renfrew Park in Waynesboro for the 10th time on Sunday, Aug. 25.

He will play with four others - trumpeter Shunzo Ohno; Ed Howard on bass; drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; and vocalist Chris McNulty.

Ohno, born in Gifu, Japan, joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in New York in 1973. He has played and recorded with a variety of players, including Roy Haynes, Norman Connors, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Larry Coryell.

Howard's credits include performing and/or recording with Clifford Jordan, Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Dizzy Gillespie.


Watts was drummer with the early Wynton Marsalis band and has played and recorded with McCoy Tyner, George Benson, Harry Connick Jr., Robin Eubanks, Betty Carter, and Branford Marsalis.

McNulty counts Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson among her influences. The Australian native formed her first jazz ensemble in 1978 and moved to New York in 1988, along the way recording three albums.

As he has for the previous nine years, Bollenback will perform with a totally different group of musicians.

"This is a very unique tradition which can only work with a musician of Paul's talent and versatility," says event organizer Andrew Sussman.

Bollenback has recorded three albums as leader and many others as sideman. He's played with organist Joey DeFrancesco, saxophonist Gary Bartz, with Stanley Turrentine, Charlie Byrd, David "Fathead" Newman, Della Reese and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Sussman calls it a special treat to hear Bollenback perform in Renfrew's beautiful relaxed setting.

"It epitomizes the spirit of jazz."

If you go . . .

Eleventh Annual Renfrew Jazz Festival

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.

Renfrew Park

Renfrew Institute for Cultural

and Environmental Studies

1010 E. Main St.

Waynesboro, Pa.


Parking is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. If it rains, the concert will be at Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium, 702 E. Second St.

For information, call 1-717-762-0373.

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