The Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival - with a music-filled Saturday of live performances and activities at IRMC Park in Indiana, PA
Performers include -Jazz Headliner Dwayne Dolphin; Blues Headliner Vanessa Collier; Jazz Educator and Performer Jared Sims (Sims will also perform with the IHS Jazz Band); Jack of Diamonds; Pianist Tom Roberts; The Inner Urge (Jazz-Fusion); The Nevin Saylor Big Band, with special guest Jared Sims; The Dad Band; Miss Freddye’s Blues Band.
Jazz Headliner - Dwayne Dolphin, presented by The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival and the August Wilson Center
Jazz and funk bassist Dwayne Dolphin was recruited out of high school by Wynton Marsalis to tour with his quintet. A member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, Dolphin has played and recorded with luminaries including Hank Jones, Nancy Wilson, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Wesley, and John Hicks. In 2018, the master instrumentalist released his eighth solo album, Indigenous.
A five-time Blues Awards nominee who has drawn praise from Buddy Guy, Collier's voice has been compared to Bonnie Raitt. Her 2018 album, Honey Up, spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Blues Album Chart's Top 15, three months on the Living Blues Chart, and continues to be heard on Sirius XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville station.
Jazz Educator and Performer:
Sims has toured throughout the world and performed live with artists such as the Temptations, Four Tops, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), 10,000 Maniacs, and Oasis's Noel Gallagher. Currently the Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University, he has performed on more than 35 recordings in addition to his work for theme parks, video games, and television commercials. Sims will also perform with the IHS Jazz Band.
Jack of Diamonds, presented by The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania
Jack of Diamonds is a Pittsburgh-based acoustic duo performing original blues and Americana.
Ragtime, Stride, and New Orleans Piano
Roberts is one of the world's leading proponents of early jazz piano. He has appeared on The Tonight Show and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion in addition to arranging and performing music for films such as Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.
The Inner Urge
The Inner Urge bring original and popular songs to life through unique instrumentation rooted in ambient and jazz styles. Alumni of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's music program, the quartet released an album of original material in 2018 and tours regionally.
The Nevin Saylor Big Band
The Indiana County legend leads a showcase of the some of the region's finest jazz musicians in performing big band music with special guest Jared Sims.
The Dad Band
From Indiana County to the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, The Dad Band has been performing since 2004. Their repertoire ranges from the blues to Ellington, Basie, Miles Davis, and more. What was originally intended as The Dad Band's tenth anniversary concert evolved into the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival