Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Thursday Afternoon

A Free Musical Experience at Whitaker Center

November 7 - December 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Swing by Whitaker Center two Thursday's each month for Thursday Afternoon! This new program offers free entertainment for everyone.

Stop by Whitaker Center's AMP Lobby or Kunkel Gallery from 12:00-1:30. Come and go as you please! Enjoy live music from exceptionally talented artists during your lunch hour. 


The Paul Jost Quartet
Jazz interpretations with vocalist Paul Jost
Thursday, November 7, Kunkel Gallery
Music Sample

When describing the unique vocalist and arranger Paul Jost, two words come to mind “passionate storyteller”. To Paul, each lyric offers a message, a story, and he conveys his own interpretation of those stories through his arrangements and the honesty in his performance. Paul is a multiinstrumentalist, composer and arranger whose vocal style makes him a standout. Both critics and contemporaries alike say he is one of the best male jazz vocalists since Mark Murphy. Paul has been performing worldwide with recent tours in South Korea, Ireland and at JazzAhead, the international jazz expo and conference, in Bremen, Germany.


Emmanuel Nsingani
Music of Africa melds with Jazz and More 
Thursday, November 14, AMP Lobby 
Music Sample

 African musician and Congolese refugee Emmanuel Nsingani is known for his singing, songwriting and distinctive guitar and bass playing. He was sent to an orphanage after his parents, Congolese Christian ministers, were murdered by the state. He later escaped to the U.S. and is seeking political asylum. Nsingani’s songs are fueled by social and humanitarian concerns that are serious issues in central Africa, by a strong love of his homeland, and by his honest convictions about human rights. His optimistic lyrics include messages of faith, hope, and love—a celebration of the resiliency of the human heart. His work was recently featured in a special segment on WITF-FM.


Bobby Gentilo
Hill Country Mississippi Blues
Thursday, December 5, AMP Lobby 
Music Sample

Bobby Gentilo is an award-winning international record producer who has worked and performed with some of Mississippi’s most acclaimed blues artists over the last 15 years. He also performs as a solo artist, or as a member of The Cornlickers, the backing band for the late Big Jack Johnson. All his music is rooted clearly in the Hill Country of Mississippi. He has performed with and learned from Delta icons like Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, T-Model Ford, “Cadillac” John Nolden, Robert Bilbo Walker, R.L. Boyce, and countless others. Bobby has also toured extensively with Carlos Elliot, the legendary blues artist from Columbia, South America.


Jonathan Ragonese with Steve Rudolph
Improved Duos
Thursday, December 26, Kunkel Gallery
Music Sample

Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he has lived and worked there since. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by The New York Film Festival, saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. two men, singing, a duo album with saxophonist Tim Warfield was released the summer of 2018.

Steve Rudolph has had an inspiring career in his 50 years of professional music making. The winner of the Jazziz Magazine Piano Competition at the Seven Springs Jazz Festival in 2000, he was also awarded two Jazz Composition Fellowships from the PA Council on the Arts. With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, Matt Wilson and Vinny Valentino. His vast experience encompasses concert performances with many jazz masters including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins. He has toured throughout the U.S., India, Europe, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean. Steve is currently a Yamaha Keyboard Artist and is in demand as a clinician and performer. His devotion to the art of jazz inspired him to found the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 36th successful year of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and annual Central PA Jazz Festival. Steve was the recipient of the 2002 Harrisburg Arts Award for dedication to the arts and community service


Thank you to our presenting sponsor
Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation

Contact: Jeff Lynch - Series Curator

717-233-1826 - jeff@jefflynch.net



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