The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 21, 2013

Hot chili and cool jazz to benefit nature center



The musical duo are also known throughout the area as advocates of independent music as well as being mentors to young and aspiring talent.

“I am really looking forward to play with Jeff Lynch and Ray Santanna. The evening will feature a lot of jazz standards and a lot of great music,” said Fred Griggs, a high school student in the Harrisburg area who is destined to make it big in the world of music.

So far, the gifted drummer has earned rave reviews and acclaim from regional musicians such as pianist Steve Rudolph. More so, Griggs was recently selected to be part of the revered 2013 Grammy Camp Jazz Session. Griggs, the only drummer in the program, was joined by 31 high school musicians from across the country to be accepted into the program operated by the Grammy Foundation.

As a result, Griggs performed with his fellow musicians at pre- and post-Grammy events throughout Los Angeles. “It was an amazing experience and so cool. We walked the red carpet and I had the opportunity to perform with some many other talented musicians from this program,” Griggs said. “It was really a huge honor for me.”

For the upcoming event in Millersburg, Griggs will showcase his detailed yet uninhibited style of playing.

“What I like most about jazz is that it keeps you on your toes. It’s always changing and always different.”

The evening will also include numerous musicians who will sit in and add their own spin to the eclectic style of music that is jazz.

Originally scheduled to take place the end of last month, Chili & Jazz was postponed due to inclement weather.

“The weather wouldn’t cooperate last month so we’re hoping this month the weather will be better since this is always a fantastic event for everyone and a great way to support the Ned Smith Center,” said Alexis Dow Campbell, director of creative programming at the center

“We’ll have a lot of great musicians playing some excellent jazz and of course there is the Wooden Nickel’s famous chili and cornbread. So it will be a very fun night out filled with lots of music.”


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