The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 18, 2012

Jazz trio in groove for chamber music series

Johnstown — It has been said that jazz is not only heard, it’s also felt. If that is true, be prepared to be touched during the next concert by Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown.

The acclaimed David Leonhardt Jazz Trio will perform “An Evening of Cole Porter” at 7:30 Friday.

The second of six concerts in the series has been moved to Grove Avenue Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

“There was a scheduling snafu between the chamber music series and First Presbyterian Church, so we had to look for another venue,” said Victoria Czarnek, board president.

“We want our audience to know that the remainder of our series will be at First Presbyterian, as planned.”

Czarnek credits a local physician for introducing the chamber audience to the rousing sounds of the Leonhardt trio.

She said Dr. Albert Mall is the reason that Dave Leonhardt was in the series the first time, which was October 2007.

Mall, who is the founder of the Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown, appreciates all types of music, but is a jazz aficionado.

“Dr. Mall wanted to include one jazz concert each season,” Czarnek said. “That concert has always been well received – Dave Leonhardt’s concert particularly so, as he is one of the most accomplished jazz musicians to perform for us.”

The trio is a critically acclaimed band of piano, bass and drums that relies heavily on creative improvisation, jazz standards and pianist Leonhardt’s original compositions.

Leonhardt is a well-known pianist, composer and arranger.

He has played with such greats as David “Fathead” Newman and Stan Getz and has composed pieces recorded by Newman and Stanley Turrentine.

Leonhardt has written arrangements for the Art Blakey Big Band and been guest conductor and arranger for the Benny Carter Orchestra.

Joining Leonhardt in Johns-town will be Matthew Parrish on bass and Paul Wells on drums.

The trio has appeared at arts festivals in China, Canada and France as well as festivals and concerts throughout the United States.

Leonhardt has been the artist-in-residence at Lafayette College twice and is on the roster of the Pennsylvania Arts on Tour.

He has been a jazz educator for more than 25 years – presenting workshops with noted jazz educator Jamey Aebersold as a teenager to leading clinics with his own ensemble internationally. He has coached vocalists at the New School in New York City, critiqued college big bands across the country, taught private students from as young as 6 year olds to seasoned professionals as well as giving lectures from grade school through college level.

The remaining four concerts in the 2012-13 season will be at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St. in downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

If you go ...

What: Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown.

Where: Grove Avenue Methodist Church, 501 Grove Ave. in the Moxham section of


When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets: $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Information: 269-3950.

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