Tag: jazz

WTJU to celebrate 100 years of jazz with 100 hours of jazz radio

On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording.

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January River City Radio Hour moved to Fourth Friday

Because the fellowship hall at the Main Street United Methodist Church is unavailable on the third Friday of the January, the River City Radio Hour will move to Friday, January 23.

geSHENKe. A fine art and music experience

Artist Carmen Shenk, formerly chef and co-owner at Jimmy Anderson’s Casual Gourmet has started a new venture in Staunton, Virginia, called geSHENKe, a fine art and live music experience.


TOUCH the Band to perform at Carver Recreation Center

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will present a concert by TOUCH the Band on Friday, September 12 from 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm at Carver Recreation Center.

Wayne Theatre project update: Cabaret to open, fundraising in critical stage

Thanks to the generous support of Jeane Custin and the General Electric Foundation, the restored Wayne Theatre will have its own small performance space.

Comedy with a Taste of Jazz at Piedmont Virginia Community College

What do you get when you place some of the funniest national comedians and some of the most talented jazz musicians into a blender, turn the blender on then pour the contents into a glass?

Grand Gala Finale at WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway will celebrate the end of its three years with an extravagant evening of performances by some of the Gateway patrons’ favorites.

Custin Jazz Series presents Stephanie Nakasian and Hod O’Brien

The final performance in the 2014 Custin Jazz Series brings two outstanding jazz musicians to WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, June 14.

Liz Barnes and Barbara Martin Return to WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway, labeled “the best intimate musical venue in the Valley,” has scheduled an engagement with Barbara Martin and Liz Barnes. The Friday, June 13 performance will begin at 8:00 pm at 329 W. Main St., downtown Waynesboro.

Comedy with a Taste of Jazz

The second installment of the Comedy with a Taste of Jazz Series is scheduled to touch the stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Bert Carlson and TJ Johnson close out May at the Gateway

Two of the Valley’s outstanding musicians will close out May at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, May 30 at 8 pm. Bert Carlson last performed at the Gateway in November as part of the theatre’s jazz series. This time he is joined by T. J. Johnson.

Bert Carlson and TJ Johnson close out May at the Gateway

Two of the Valley’s outstanding musicians will close out May at WTA’s Gateway on Friday, May 30 at 8 pm. Bert Carlson last performed at the Gateway in November as part of the theatre’s jazz series. This time he is joined by T. J. Johnson.

Live By Request with Kathy Kosins at WTA’s Gateway

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award winning songwriter, record producer and recognized modern abstractionist painter. Her evening is called “Live by Request” with the audience’s favorites as the line-up. This once in a lifetime performance will be on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.

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Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra in concert April 26-27

The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Dr. Peter Wilson, continues its 2013-2014 season on Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th.

Ash Breeze Band at WTA’s Gateway

Formerly known as the Smith Family Band, the Ash Breeze Band is led by father Allen and consists of daughter and powerhouse singer Nellie, 15, and three sons, Corey, 17, Luke, 13, and Eli, 11.

Too Human returns to WTA’s Gateway stage

Boenel Records recording artists, Too Human with Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, will return to WTA’s Gateway onSaturday, March 15 at 8:00pm. The trio plays extensively across the United States and will share their jazz repertory at the Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway.

Gaye Adegbalola and Roddy Barnes: Neo-classic blues at WTA’s Gateway

Gaye Adegbalola embraces and redefines the classic style of the great blues divas of the 1920s and 30s – those often fiercely independent “wild women” who were unashamed to lay their souls bare and unafraid to give advice. Adegbalola invokes the spirit and addresses the lyrics & improvisational techniques of these classic blues women and brings history to life.


Shenandoah University professor to run 100 miles for scholarships

For many, running 100 miles is an impossibility. For Shenandoah University professor Joe Lovinsky, it’s just another way to prove he doesn’t quit. Or perhaps he’s just plain stubborn.

1920s vintage jazz combo entertains at WTA’s Gateway in Waynesboro

Join Zuzu’s Hot 5 at WTA’s Gateway in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 pm. The Gateway, located at 329 West Main Street in Waynesboro, is an intimate night club environment, with excellent acoustics and a welcoming atmosphere and will make the evening an experience to remember.

Swinging time at WTA’s Gateway

The ACME Swing Mfg. Co, an ecstatically fun band, will return to WTA’s Gateway with its unique version of hot swing on Saturday, Jan. 18. Noted for their “jazz music that you can dance to!”

Custin Jazz Series to present the John D’earth Band at Gateway in Waynesboro

WTA’s Gateway will present its first performance of the Custin Jazz Series on Saturday, Jan 11. Featured will be trumpeter John D’earth and his band. The performance is at 8 pm at what was voted “the best intimate music venue in the Valley”. WTA’s Gateway is at 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.

Bert Carlson ‘Still Kickin’ and Still Pickin’ at the Gateway in Waynesboro

Bert Carlson was ready to return to Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway after his February 2012 performance, but his career was interrupted by a medical emergency. Now he is back and raring to go with a concert at WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

Gypsy Hill Place hosting Just Jazzin’ fundraiser for Valley Mission

Valley Mission in Staunton will benefit from a fundraiser at Gypsy Hill Place on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Mill Street Ramblers bring Dixieland jazz to Gateway Theatre

WTA’s Gateway has become known for its Custin Jazz Series. National jazz artists have brought everything from the great American songbook to Cool Jazz sounds to the Gateway’s audience. Now the series brings the fountainhead of American jazz. On Saturday, the Mill Street Ramblers Dixieland Band will perform the music that made New Orleans famous.

Melvin Taylor: Blues and jazz touch the soul like no other

No other genre of music touches the soul like the music, rhythm, sound and beat of jazz and blues which got its start in the early 20th century in the United States. Jazz music has structure, discipline and organization. The music has fundamentals and a foundation that cannot be made up. To play jazz, most […]

Sophisticated jazz performer Emme St. James has Staunton roots

When Emme St. James takes the stage in the Shenandoah Ballroom of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center on Friday, May 11 from 8-11 p.m., she will be extremely pleased to be bringing her romantic and exciting show to her “home away from home.” Her grandfather, Dr. John Guss, was an internist at King’s […]

Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion – Jazz Edition

Heading down a quiet yet active street that passes aging, solidly built middle class homes, the youngest member of the clan, dressed in his football practice uniform, asked, “Dad, what’s jazz?” He had seen the display on the XM Radio of a channel that had the word JAZZ on it and asked a simple question […]

Focus | All about the jazz

Barnes CD reflects personal journey in music Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The old saying about the difference between blues and jazz has it down. Blues is three chords for a thousand people, and jazz is a thousand chords for three people. “There’s some truth to that,” said Liz Barnes, who as a blues musician […]

All that jazz: Rich scene for local jazz fans

Story by Chris Graham That the jazz industry is struggling is a perverse paradox for local jazz fans. “If you draw a 50-mile circle around Staunton, within that 50-mile circle there are some tremendous jazz guys that are way underemployed, and so I can get really good players for not a whole lot of money,” […]