Scranton Jazz Festival Set for First Weekend of August

Scranton Jazz Festival - Stanley ClarkTwo world renowned artists, jazz icon Stanley Clarke and “The Stanley Clarke Band” and Jazz guitarists/vocalist John Pizzarelli will be the headline acts for the 13th annual Jazz Festival scheduled for Aug. 4, 5, and 6 at the historic Radisson Hotel in downtown Scranton.

Headlining Sunday, Aug. 6, will be The Stanley Clarke Band which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Album of 2011.  Stanley Clarke is known worldwide for his innovative work as a jazz player and for his film scores that include “Boyz in the Hood”, “Passenger 57”, as well as collaborative videos with Michael Jackson.  He has played with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, and Jean-Luc Ponty to name a few.

Award winning John Pizzarelli will be the guest artist on Saturday, Aug. 5, and will lead the Scranton Jazz Festival 17-piece Big Band.  Pizzarelli has appeared with Boston Pops John Pizzarelli jazz festival picOrchestra, numerous Broadway engagements, and played extensively with Sir Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor, and Natalie Cole.  He has recorded over 40 albums.

The Festival will kick off on Friday Aug. 4, with the ultimate Steely Dan tribute band, “The Royal Scam.”

Tickets range from $10 to $40.  For tickets and more information visit or call (570) 575-5282.


Marywood to Offer Guitar Course this Fall

LX1EMarywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will offer a new applied guitar course during the fall 2017 semester. The course will teach the guitarist how to improvise solos in the classic style of the great Blues-Rock musicians revered by so many. The course is open to any and all majors.

Robbie Walsh, instructor with the music theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, will teach the applied guitar course. Mr. Walsh is most notably known as the lead guitarist in Chubby Checker’s Band and for playing with Noel Redding, the bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mr. Walsh has also played with Ginger Baker (ex-Cream), Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), and was a guest of Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson during his 2003 solo tour. He has also played on American Bandstand, Solid Gold, Fridays Live and Entertainment Tonight (all with Chubby Checker).

Students interested in creating “those solos,” for which the great Blues-Rock musicians are known, will have the opportunity to learn how to approach melody from the standpoint of not just the scale, but from a chordal perspective on top of the scale(s). Students will also see the chord progression as that which indicates what the melodic possibilities are.

For additional information on the applied guitar course at Marywood University, please visit, or call (570) 348-6268.


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Photo credit: Rich Banick Photography

Dunmore High School’s band and marching units will participate in a Cavalcade of Bands on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. hosted by the North Pocono Trojan Band and Marching Units, with the assistance of the North Pocono Band Parents Association.

The event will be held at the North Pocono Stadium Complex, located behind the district’s middle school at 701 Church Street in Moscow. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at the gates, which open at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to Dunmore and North Pocono, bands and marching units from Abington Heights, Carbondale, Honesdale, Lakeland, Mid-Valley, Valley View, and Western Wayne will participate. Each group will perform its halftime field show. Program books, featuring participating bands, will be distributed free of charge.

The Cavalcade of Bands is an exhibition-style performance, not a competition. Because of this, bands and marching units can perform their field shows without worrying about judging criteria, timing, and other restrictions. There will be refreshments provided for participants and limited concessions available for sale to audience members. Additionally, t-shirts and air-gram greetings will be sold at the event.