Get your jazz on


WAYNE HEIGHTS–The Institute will host a fundraiser to help with educational programming for the nonprofit, formerly known as Renfrew Institute.

This year’s headliner is trumpet player and singer, Benny Benack III, rising star on the jazz scene. Plus, guitarist Paul Bollenback returns—Paul has missed only a handful of our 30 years of jazz! The band also includes Alexander Claffy (bass), and Byron Landham (drums). 

Conceived in 1992 and presented every year since, the Institute’s Jazz Festival was previously held at Renfrew Park and has featured a long list of jazz legends, including David “Fathead” Newman, Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, Houston Person, Gary Bartz, Karrin Allison, Lew Tabackin, Joey DeFranceso, Frank Morgan, Jeff “Tain”Watts, Rene Marie, Vincent Herring, Ingrid Jensen, Eric Alexander, Joe Locke, and Steve Wilson.

An Evening of Jazz at the Wharf will be held Sunday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. off Wharf Road in Washington Township. The event is BYOB and BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). For more information, visit

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