Thursday, May 22, 2014
This Saturday a free jazz and blues festival will take hold of Indiana, Pa., with talent ranging from veteran artists Poogie Bell, Sonny Landreth and Sean Jones to a dad jazz group and high school jazz bands.
The 2014 Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival will be held at IRMC Park in downtown Indiana, located at 7th and Philadelphia Street. The one-day festival will start ay 10:30 a.m. with a performance by Indiana's Dad Band, a quintet covering the likes of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Count Basie and conclude with jazz headliner Poogie Bell Band with special guest Sean Jones at 9 p.m.
Poogie Bell is a famous jazz drummer who has worked with Marcus Miller, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Victor Wooten and the list goes on. The Pittsburgh drummer is also a producer, composer and arranger. Joining Bell on stage will be Sean Jones, a highly respected trumpeter and former lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which was directed by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
Blues headliner Sonny Landreth will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The slide guitar playing Landreth was name Instrumentalist of the Year by The American Music Association. His last two albums. 2008's From The Reach and 2012's Elemnetal Journey, charted at Nos. 1 and 4, respectively, on the Billboard Blues Album Chart.