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CULTURE


All that Jazz


A fusion of styles, locales at annual Central PA Jazz Festival.


BY JESS HAYDEN Justin Faulkner


“We used to hold our entire festival centered around the Harrisburg Hilton and downtown sights in Harrisburg,” explained Steve Rudolph, CPFJ’s executive director. “But, because of some funding cuts, we’ve lost some of the affiliations that made that possible.” Instead, CPFJ has chosen to reinvent the event and spread it out over a


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broader geographic area. “For the past three years, the festival has been in sites all over the place, ” said


Rudolph. “It’s really helped us to draw in a wider audience.” CPFJ also recognizes that fans like to listen to their jazz in different type of settings. “For this festival, we are trying to appeal to a variety of tastes,” said Rudolph.


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ometimes, when life hands you lemons . . . well, you know the rest. It may be a cliché, but making the best of a bad situation is exactly what the folks at the annual Central PA Friends of Jazz did after funding was reduced for their annual jazz festival.


“Some people like the formal concert thing and some people prefer to enjoy music in a more intimate space.” He also noted that a lot of people like to bring their families out to events such


as their annual picnic. “We’ve had the picnic for about 30 years,” he said. “But only in the past two years have we included it as part of the festival schedule.” Another departure from the original festival model is that now the event


features fewer headliners, instead showcasing a cadre of excellent jazz musicians who live locally or in nearby cities. “Te one thing that we can still guarantee on a quality level is that, anytime


you come to a Friends of Jazz event, you’re going to hear some of the best jazz musicians alive today,” said Rudolph. “It may not be anyone who you have ever heard of, but, if you love jazz music, you’ll love what we are presenting.” With that, let’s take a look at what CPFJ has planned for the 34th annual festival.


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