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JazzPA Festival Brings Top Talent to State College and Centre Region

by and on July 24, 2014 3:10 PM

On the heels of the massive cultural explosion that is Arts Festival, the annual music celebration JazzPA is set to bring another weekend of endless fun and stellar artistic talent to the Centre Region.

From July 24-26, our area will become a bustling hub of jazz enthusiasts, talented local musicians and popular icons of the jazz genre.

Some of the most well-known faces expected to make an appearance include bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Eliot Zigmund, and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Phil Woods, all of whom will perform two evening sets at the Match Factory in Bellefonte on Saturday.

Woods will also present an hour-long master class Saturday afternoon, where he will share some of his knowledge about the music industry and his own personal journey as a jazz musician. The class will be held at the Tallyrand Park Gazebo and is free of charge.

Over the course of the weekend, concerts will be held at a number of local venues, including the Governor’s Pub, Zola Bistro, High Street’s Main Stage, and Bellefonte’s Hofbrau.

A special kick-off concert, Jazz at the Palmer, will be held at Penn State’s Palmer Museum on campus, hosted by WPSU’s Greg Peterson and featuring a guest performance by the Pittsburgh Trombone Project.

JazzPA has come a long way from its humble beginnings as the one-venue, one-day State College Jazz Festival in 2005. Due to its burgeoning popularity and the ever-increasing number of out-of-town visitors, the celebration expanded to two days in 2006 and then again to three days the year after.

Year after year the festival continues to grow, attracting larger crowds and larger names alike. Past guests have ranged from Sheila Jordan and Warren Vache to Byron Stripling and Tom Malone.

All of this year’s outdoor events are free and will commence rain or shine. However, Saturday’s Match Factory performance will require tickets — available for purchase at the door for $20, or for $15 at both the Cool Beans in Bellefonte and Webster’s Bookstore Café in State College.

You can find more information about the festival by visiting

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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