BCPAC 2019-2020 Season


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BCPAC presents The Tomoko Ohno Trio

Postponed Saturday, March 14th, 2020 7:30 p.m.

The Bucks County Performing Arts center has cancelled
The Tomoko Ohno Trio
Concert, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020
7:30 pm at the Yardley Community Center due to current Heath concerns.
It has been rescheduled for
October 10, 2020.

Tomoko Ohno, born in Tokyo, began piano studies at the age of 4. As a teenager, she began playing professionally in the Tokyo area jazz scene. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, Miss Ohno moved to the United States and entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Rufus Reid. During this time she had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Jerome Richardson, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Joe Henderson. A recipient of the Student Award of Outstanding Performance and a member of the Dean’s List, Miss Ohno graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Studies.
She has performed at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital, Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Birdland , in addition to appearing on live radio broadcasts by WBGO and WNYC, and ABC TV's Good Morning America. She has performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, James Spaulding, Rufus Reid, The John Lee Quartet, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band and Sherry Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, as well as working as a side musician with such diverse musical ensembles as the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble and The Spirit of Life Ensemble.
Miss Ohno also leads her own group, and has released three CDs on the Japan-based Tokuma label. In 1997 her first album, “Powder Blue” was released, and in 1999 her second album, “Affirmation” was released, followed in 2000 by the album "Natural Woman." Her album "Shadows of Spring" (recorded in Argentina) was released by MDR Records in 2005. "Tomoko Ohno in Buenos Aires" was also released by MDR Records in 2007. The duet album with legendary Argentine guitarist Ricardo Lew " From Tokio to Buenos Aires " was released in 2011 spring. The duo added the cellist Nestor Tedesco from Teatro Colon and released Tango/Jazz album " Tres Sabores " in 2016. Miss Ohno and bassist Jay Leonhart released their duo album " Don't You Wish !" in 2018 and planning a California tour in 2018 summer. She also performed for Brazilian drummer Samuel Martinelle's debut album " Crossing Paths" with Claudio Roditi and Marcus McLaurine and it is scheduled to be released in spring 2018.

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BCPAC presents Edguardo Cintron Latin Band Santana Tribute

Saturday, April 18th, 2020 7:30 p.m.

Edgaurdo Cintron is the Philadelphia areas premier Latin percussionist. On Saturday April 18th 7:30pm he will bring in his high energy Santana Tribute Band for a rocking good night

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BCPAC ~ Past Events / 2019 - 2020

BCPAC Jazz - Sherrie Maricle "Swing's The Thing"

Past Performance October 19th, 2019 7:30 p.m.
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Sherrie Maricle "Swing's The Thing"
Sherrie Maricle - drums
Joe Plowman - bass
Silas Irvine - piano
Hailey Brinnel - trombone & vocals

From the drum set Sherrie leads The
DIVA Jazz Orchestra, her quintet FIVE PLAY, The DIVA Jazz Trio and co-leads the 3Divas. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and from celebrated stages everywhere, she is music director and drummer for Broadway star Maurice Hines. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.
With her bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues and festivals; from Lincoln Center to the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, to Jazz Festivals in Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Croatia, Japan, Vietnam and Israel and beyond. Additionally,
DIVA was featured at the 2017 NEA Jazz Master’s Awards Ceremony, the soundtrack for the NBC-Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular; on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, on TCM’s televised broadcast of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center and NHK Japan’s New York Jazz. The band also co-stars in the award-winning documentary film The Girls in the Band.
Sherrie has received several awards and honors which include a 2014 Ovation award for “
Best Music Direction” in Tappin Through Life; the 2009 Mary Lou Williams-Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 State Department grant for FIVE PLAY to tour Vietnam, a tour grant from Arts International, The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, a grant from Meet the Composer, a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University, the New York City Music Educator’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and was twice selected New York University “Music Teacher of the Year.”
As an educator, Sherrie runs a private drum set and percussion studio. She is also a clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. On a national level, she has served as guest conductor, soloist and adjudicator for many collegiate and high school jazz and All-State festivals. Sherrie also created and directs
Musical Magic, a hospital outreach program for The Ronald McDonald House – New York.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie moved to New York City and attended New York University, where she completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000.

BCPAC Black Friday Jazz

Past Performance Friday, November 29th, 2019 7:30 p.m.
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Lynn Randall presents Black Friday Jazz
Larry McKenna
Lynn Randall
Warren Vaché
Grant MacAvoy
Don Moyer
Bob Himmelberger

Yardley's own vocalist Lynn Randall has performed at clubs and casinos all over the world. She has assembled an all star group for this concert.

One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra.
Lynn Randall spent 25 years as a lounge act performing in the very best places in the PA-NJ-NY area. She lived on the Caribbean island of St Maarten for 4 years. Now, as a Cabaret and Jazz artist exclusively, Lynn has an act tailor-made for her skills. Class, depth, and quality-the Great American Songbook gets loving attention in her capable hands. Lynn's 3-octave alto voice deftly negotiates songs with a high 'difficulty' factor, and her phrasing shades and colors each song with a depth of feeling. Compared often to a modern-day Judy Garland, Lynn’s voice does remind one of a jazzy Judy.
Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few.
He can also be found in the company of such leading contemporaries as Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford, Howard Alden, Jessie Davis, Alvin Queen, Brian Lemon, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes, Richard Wyands, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, John Allred and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra...the list is a virtual “Who's who” in Jazz, spanning every style in the history of the music.
Warren Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the globe from club dates at Condon's and the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Perugia in Italy, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Coupling a beautiful tone with a chance-taking style, Warren utilizes the complete range of the jazz vocabulary. His influences include: Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, “Pee Wee” Erwin ( with whom he studied for many years ), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, and Billy Butterfield - from this group of extraordinary musicians, among others, Mr. Vaché has coalesced his own inimitable style that defies categorization. Pianist and composer Jim McNeely was heard to say: “Every chorus he plays is like a lesson in the history of the trumpet.”
Grant MacAvoy has recorded and performed with many Grammy-winning artists both nationally and internationally.  A few of the jazz performers he has accompanied include Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Arthur Prysock, Michel Legrand, Stanley Clark, Patti Austin, and George Benson.

Don Moyer began his career as an electric bassist in 1978. Philadelphia was a hotbed of activity for musicians at the time and he soon found full-time work in dance bands. This led to touring with show bands for the next six years.    In 1984 Don met vocalist, Lynn Randall. They soon married and he became her manager and musical director. For the next nine years, they worked continually in casinos, dance clubs and resort hotels all over. During 1993 they accepted the house band position at the Dawn Beach Resort in St Maarten where they remained for 4 years.    Upon returning to the U.S. Don focused his energy into opening Pro Line Music School. The school began with one teacher and developed a curriculum that within a few short years had 20 teachers and 250 students. He began hosting seminars featuring world-class musicians and developing additional rock and jazz performance programs to further motivate the students.  Around 2004 Don switched to the upright bass and pursued his love of jazz. Returning to club work he has been fortunate to play with some of the finest musicians in the area. 

At 18, Bob Himmelberger was already earning money as a pianist at local parties and clubs. He had played trumpet in high school and although he reached a level of accomplishment, excessive practice and a teaching conflict changed his embouchure and created a musical set back. During this difficulty, Bob turned to his first instrument, the piano. His early interest in jazz had already set him apart from his musical influences. In Edison NJ, hip jazz teachers were difficult to find. Bob's eclectic interest in jazz piano went untamed until, eventually, his early mentor, introduced him to William Patterson College. 
   Bob worked full time as a pianist playing everything from solo gigs, jazz combos, and big bands. He played at the Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as the Cancun Jazz Festival with tenor saxophonist Frank Vacari. In the spring and summer of 1987, he toured the US with Brian Torff, the former bassist with George Shearing. In 1989, he performed at Carnegie Hall with Michelle Hendricks. 
   Bob also had the opportunity to work with Charlie Rouse, Eric Kloss, Jimmy Ponder, Vic Juris, Joe Carroll, Ted Curson, Lyle Atkinson, Nelson Riddle, Steve Gilmore, Bob Moses, Bernard Perdie, Bill Goodwin, Victor Jones, Jeannie Bryson, Steve LaSpina, Eliot Zigmund, Mike Richman, Chip Jackson, and saxophonist Bill Evans. 

BCPAC presents the Germantown Flute Trio

Past Performance Saturday, January 25th, 2020 7:30 p.m.

On January 25th at 7:30 the Germantown Flute Trio will bring their unique brand of humor and classical music by 3 talented flutists.
The Germantown Flute Ensemble is made up of a core trio whose members include Katie Ambacher, Anne Levinson and Elivi Varga. Performing on Piccolo, C flute, Alto flute and Bass flute, concerts by the Germantown Flute Ensemble are varied as well as educational, and include repertoire of music from the 1700s to the present.

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Anne Levinson

Piccolo, C, Alto, Bass flutes
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Elivi Varga

Piccolo, C flute
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Katie Ambacher

Piccolo, C, Alto flutes

BCPAC presents The Rendition Big Band

Past Performance Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 7:30 p.m.

The Rendition Big Band members are professional musicians, music educators, and semi-professional musicians from the Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware county areas. What we all have in common is the music, and we enjoy playing it together. You don’t get to experience many 17-piece big bands these days. Please come out to see and hear us at the BCPAC February 22nd 7:30 pm, You’ll see why we love what we do.

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BCPAC has presented 40 years of concert series throughout the community and in schools.
We are also building arts education, with after school programs, summer programs, and 
assemblies ( including music, dance and theatre.). Your support helps us to continue
these programs.