BCPAC 2013-2014 Season


Past Performance
Bassist Matthew Parrish's Jazz Showcase
Featuring Houston Person (Tenor Sax), George Rabbai (Trumpet), Joanna Pascale (vocalist) and Matthew's Trio,
with Josh Richmond on Piano and Dan Monaghan on Drums.
Saturday April 26th, 20147:30 pm

Houston Person - Tenor Saxophone
In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond's group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with the late singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Houston Person's playing has been done in blues-oriented organ groups. He recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006's You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007's Thinking of You, and 2008's Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter. Released in 2012, Naturally, recorded at the famed Van Gelder Recording Studio, teamed Person with Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.

George Rabbai - Trumpet
Mr. George Rabbai (Jazz Trumpet) is Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation at Rowan University. National recognition came quickly for Professor Rabbai when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist and recording on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels. His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and rerecord the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940's "Lemon Drop" as a vocal and trumpet feature. "Lemon Drop" is also the title of Mr. Rabbai's own CD, released on DBK Records. His second CD with DBK is titles "In Good Company". George's lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of "Baseball," a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS. He can also be heard in Burns' epic documentary "The West." George has worked as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney, and with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein's double CD, "Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film." George has also been featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, "Tony Bennett With Love".

Joanna Pascale - Vocalist
Since emerging onto Philadelphia’s jazz scene, Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. “Joanna is a highly sophisticated singer,” claims Philadelphia Metro. She has a working repertoire of over four hundred songs and has appeared and recorded with jazz giants such as trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University, Terell Stafford; sax pyrotechnic and critic’s rave, Tim Warfield; legendary drummer, Mickey Roker, piano virtuoso, Cyrus Chestnut and others. She performs three nights a week with her quintet at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. In August 2006, she was selected for the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster. On top of a busy performing and recording schedule, the Temple alum is also a member of the vocal faculty at Temple University. She teaches private voice and ensemble lessons, as well as conducts performance practices and workshops.
According to All Music Guide, “She not only has solid vocal chops; she has soul.” Her first recording, When Lights are Low, was met with much critical acclaim.
This and other accolades helped nudge Pascale back to the studio for her 2008 release of Through My Eyes. Selecting relatively obscure works from the 1920s-1960s, Pascale’s group includes her working band that includes, Tim Warfield, saxophones;  Andrew Adair, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and drummer Dan Monaghan.
Pascale began her musical education as a listener. “I gravitated to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Scott albums,” recalls Pascale. “I memorized these songs as if they were a part of my generation’s popular music.” “When I started going to jam sessions, singers would always perform the same couple of songs,” stated Pascale.“It would amaze me that gems like Serenade in Blue or Once In a While, for example, would fall through the cracks.
I made it my mission to learn these under performed standards, and to search for other songs that I felt should be remembered.”  What really sets Pascale apart from other vocalists, though, is not just her repertoire, but also her musicianship. She has gained the admiration of some prominent musicians.

Bassist Matthew Parrish
has performed and recorded with many of the top names in jazz. Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D'Rivera, Houston Person, Clark terry, Etta Jones, Miri Ben-Ari, James Williams, Sweets Edison, James Newton, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans just to name a few. His beautiful, warm and complex sound has earned him an impressive reputation in the music community. You can find Matthew at venues all over the world.

Pianist Josh Richmond

Pianist and composer, Joshua Richman received his BA from William Paterson University in 2008. In 2010, he completed his master’s degree studying jazz piano performance at The Juilliard School.  He has studied jazz with piano legends such as Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron, and classical piano with Gary Kirkpartrick. He is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award. Josh is currently a faculty member at Temple University and The University of the Arts, where he teaches private lessons, ensembles, and conducts master classes. Along with leading the Joshua Richman Trio, Joshua has been fortunate to have performed with distinguished artists such as Terell Stafford, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, John Ellis, Harry Allen, Tim Warfield, Charles Fambrough, Byron Landham, Steve Laspina, Bill Goodwin, Lea Delaria, Ben Wolfe, Lee Smith, David Demsey, Rich DeRosa, Joanna Pascale, Dan Monaghan, Alison Crockett, Denise King, Mike Boone, and Justin Faulkner. Joshua also was the pianist for Anthony Rapp and Stephen Sondheim at the “Sondheim on Sondheim-In Words and Music” event at William Paterson University. Joshua has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble.

Drummer Dan Monaghan

Dan Monaghan is one of the busiest drummers in the Philadelphia area. After studying classical percussion for eight years he went on to earn a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from Temple University. Since then he has performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, and Randy Brecker. In addition, he has recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Elio Villafranca, Joanna Pascale, Larry McKenna, Tom Tallitsch, Meg Clifton, Mike Kennedy, Norman David, Brian Woestehoff, Big Five Chord, John Vanore & Abstract Truth, and many others.   Monaghan has performed at the Mellon Jazz Festival, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Wilmington Latino Festival, the Cremona Jazz Festival, the Blue Note, Blues Alley, Smoke, Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, Zanzibar Blue, and Chris' Jazz Cafe, among other well-known venues. He is also a frequent clinician at schools, colleges and festivals.

Past Performance
(a delightful program for young children & their families)
Yardley Community Centre
Saturday April 5,20143:00pm

Hatched, written and directed by Mara McEwin, is the original performance of a newborn chick emerging from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world. Told to the youngest of audience members 0-6, it is a first introduction into the theatre, while incorporating both the museum and farm. Performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and very little human dialogue, the story is set amidst an American family farm. The chick is met by a feisty old rooster, a wobbly calf learning to walk, a gaggle of dancing chicks, a lamb, and a noisy nest of baby birds.
Intimately staged, young audience members are encouraged to interact with the newborn animals as they explore their worlds. Through movement and music, the calf learns to walk, the baby birds attempt to fly, and the lamb makes a new friend with the
curious hatched chick. Audience members interact and play with the characters on stage; they give the chicks their feed, milk bottles to the lamb, are licked by the cow, and feed worms to the baby birds. Babies in the audience will be enticed by the animal sounds and textures, while toddlers will love watching and imitating their favorite farm animals as they come to life. Preschoolers will delight in learning about life on the farm and older kids will be entertained by the delightful storytelling, live music and dance. Hatched is a beautiful tale, told through exquisite visuals, music, and the exploration of baby animals on the farm.

Past Performance

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
“Hispanic Tapas”
(exploring Spain's cultural history through dance, music & drama)
Yardley Community

February 1, 2014 at the at 7:30 p.m.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
“Hispanic Tapas”
(exploring Spain's cultural history through dance, music & drama)
Join the widely acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre and experience the exciting “Hispanic Tapas”, which explores Spain’s cultural history through dance, music and drama. The program will be presented on February 1, 2014.
Alborada takes the audience on a journey from Spain to Mexico and Peru, This program exploresthe diverse, historical threads that wind their way from Spain to 2 countries in the New World and the era of the Conquistadors carrying with them customs that would forever influence Spanish cultural tradition.
The performances includes a Mexican wedding dance and a primitive Aztec dance; a Peruvian sacred Inca dance that honors the king, all three followed by the arrival of the Spanish with tambourines. From Spain, the “Verdiales”-- named after small green olives grown in the region-- a folkloric dance from the mountains of Andalucía that honors the olive harvest. You will see 2 solos: The Guajiras” a Flamenco dance with Cuban overtones, and an “Alegrias” , a festive Flamenco dance going back several hundred years. The finale includes three Spanish traditional dances: the “Siguiriyas”, a dramatic Flamenco piece; the festive “Sevillanas”, a regional dance from Sevilla; and the upbeat “Bulerias”, an improvised Flamenco dance performed in Flamenco bars and Tablaos (nightclubs) throughout southern Spain.
Come and experience this musically and visually exciting multi-cultural program with a demi-cast of Alborada’s principal dancers and soloists accompanied by a live guitarist and singer. Special guest artists will be Maria Rodriguez and Raul Tlacuilo from Mexico and Eco de Sur, a traditional music group from Peru.
The widely-acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre is noted for bringing a broad cross- cultural perspective to communities across the Tri-State area, illuminating through dance, music and drama the impact of Spain on Latin American culture, and, conversely, the impact of Hispanic cultures on the art and artistry of Spain.

Past Performance
Pennsbury Concert
Jazz Band

Frank Mazzeo,
Yardley Community Centre
March 8, 2014 7:30 pm

Pennsbury High School is located in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania in the heart of beautiful Bucks County. The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has long been considered one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Year after year it consistently earns the highest rankings at festivals in which it competes. Since its beginnings in 1959, the musicians in this group have performed jazz music at a level not typical of high school age students.
The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has been an integral part of the Pennsbury instrumental music program.  The band has performed on the  “Tonight Show,” at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Mellon Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Guest soloists through the years have included Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Terell Stafford, Carl Allen, Phil Woods, Joe Alessi, Dick Oatts, and Wayne Bergeron. The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band has the distinct honor of being the first American High School Jazz Band to perform throughout the People’s Republic of China.  Many compositions have been composed for PCJB by such jazz great grammy award-winning composers as Sammy Nestico, Frank Mantooth, Bob Mintzer and currently Emmy and Grammy award winning composer Patrick Williams has written a work for PCJB. The Pennsbury School District is listed as one of the “100 Best Communities for music education in the United States”. The Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band in 2008 toured Hong Kong, China; 2010 London England and in 2012 it toured Buenos Aires, Argentina. The assistant Director of the band is Mr. Patrick Bailey and the director is Mr. Frank Mazzeo.

Past Performance
Mainstreet Brass
Holiday Music

Kevin Long, trumpet
Donald Hughes, trumpet
Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer,
French horn
Bryan Hay, trombone
Allen Frank, tuba
Steven Mathiesen, percussion

Yardley Community Centre
December 7, 2013 7:30 pm

Mainstreet Brass formed in 1986, inspired by a musical camaraderie, a passion for brass quintet literature and performance and a goal to present interesting and entertaining music to its audiences. The quintet has performed for enthusiastic audiences at arts festivals, colleges and concert series in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, New England, the Midwest and the United Kingdom. Described by concert presenters as "marvelously delightful" and "magical, balanced and alive," Mainstreet Brass presents varied repertoire spanning the centuries — from florid 17th century canzons and Bach transcriptions to memorable show tunes and blues ranging from Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy and Fats Waller. The ensemble is recognized for its refined playing, presenting engaging, accessible literature for all audiences and for actively commissioning new works and arrangements.
An MSR Classic recording artist, Mainstreet Brass has two critically acclaimed recordings on the label — "Christmas Spirit," [MS 1325], which contains 11 new Christmas arrangements for brass — alone and with percussion — as well as some old favorites and a few surprises. "By Request," featuring 18 Mainstreet Brass concert favorites [MS1290].
Mainstreet Brass is the guest quintet at the historic Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., and a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster.
Besides its concert schedule, the group also performs regularly for church services in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and provides ceremonial music for academic ceremonies at regional colleges and universities. Members are
Kevin Long and Donald Hughes, trumpets; Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer, French horn; Bryan Hay, trombone; Allen Frank, tuba; and Steven Mathiesen, percussion.

Past Performance

Guy Davis
Pennsbury High School West
Keller Hall
608 South Olds Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA
October 4,2013 7:30pm

Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage” or David Dye’s,“World Café”., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’ and his ‘all’ is the Blues. The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride. Guy can tell you stories of his great- grandparents and his grandparents, they’re days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs, the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear up off the floor. He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner

Past Performance
Trio des Waldes
Deborah Robb, Piano
Emily Vold, Violin
Jon Carroll, French Horn
Yardley Community Centre
November 2, 2013 7:30 pm

Deborah Robb is a resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania.  Born in 1989, she is a native of Salem, Oregon where she began her formal study of the piano at the age of four.  She made her first formal appearance in October of 2000 as the featured pianist in “WunderKids – Oregon Musical Prodigies” concert held at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem.  This performance was followed with her orchestral debut with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in February 2001. 
 Deborah moved to Yardley in 2001 and studied with Meng-Chieh Liu of the Curtis Institute and Dr. Samuel Bellardo of Juilliard and Columbia.  In 2011 Deborah graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where she studied with Max Levinson and was the winner of the Churchill Scholarship Piano Competition.  Deborah graduated in 2013 from Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance where she studied with distinguished pianist Jerome Rose.  At Mannes, Deborah was a member of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE) directed by composer Lowell Liebermann.  MACE made their formal debut in February 2013 at Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall. 
Currently residing in New York City, Deborah teaches lessons and is a member of Trio des Waldes.  As well as performing classical music, she is involved with both contemporary and crossover music, collaborating with musicians and writing her own arrangements.