Out & About: Westmoreland Jazz Society celebrates the holiday on a high note
A little cold snap wasn’t enough to keep people away from Westmoreland Jazz Society‘s annual December concert showing off the four-and-a-half octave range of vocalist Lisa Ferraro.
Held Dec. 15 in The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, the concert featured jazzed-up renditions of traditional Christmas favorites like “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
Audience members were invited to join in on some selections and showed their holiday cheer with swinging, swaying and hand-clapping.
Ferraro, a Pittsburgh native who has performed nationwide, released 10 albums and composed for television, stage and screen, was backed by Mike Tomaro on sax, Kevin Moore on keyboard, Kurt Lorence on bass and Tom Wendt on drums.
Seasonal snacks like pumpkin spice pretzels and peppermint popcorn were served at intermission. Behind the bar, Joe Erdelsky and Keith Kelly offered another kind of holiday cheer.
Organizers Pat Erdelsky and Linda Kubas noted that the upcoming January concert with pianist Eric Barchiesi will mark their 20-year anniversary with the jazz society.
Seen: Glenn andJackie Cavanaugh, Jack and Joy Bellicini, Barry andMarian DeBone, Shirleah Kelly, Fran Lynch, Helen Arndt, Hilde Aspden, Bill andShelley Thompson, Bob Kasnevich, Bob Kellinger, Bob Kassouf, Jan Nigrelli, Pam Kennedy, Joe andDorothea Cremonese andBobbie Hineline.
Kim Stephinsky is a Tribune-Review contributing writer and photographer.