Live Music Friday: Paul Bollenback & Pat Bianchi


WAYNESBORO- On Friday, Sept. 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. join Music Makers as they host Paul Bollenback and Pat Bianchi at Main Street Park, 25 East Main Street, Waynesboro.

Paul Bollenback (guitar) and Pat Bianchi (Hammond B3 organ) are both jazz musicians who have recorded and performed around the world with a wide variety of jazz greats and as leaders of their own bands.

Paul Bollenback started his career in music in 1981, and has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name a few. He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20 year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Bollenback performs on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released 8 CD’s as a leader. A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90’s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer, who’s pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD. His most recent recording, “Portraits in Space and Time” (Mayimba Music), with his trio, was released in 2014.

Grammy nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. Along with leading his current group, he performs regularly with jazz guitar icon Pat Martino and also was a long time member of NEA Jazz Master and saxophone legend, Lou Donaldson’s quartet. While having the honor to perform with such greats as Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joey DeFrancesco, Dakota Staton, Ralph Peterson, Tim Warfield, Chuck Loeb, Mark Whitfield and many others. Bianchi has released six CD’s as a leader and is also a featured artist on over 30 recordings.

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