The Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main St. in Wellsboro will be jumping and jiving with hot jazz as Bram Wijnands from Kansas City, Missouri takes over the piano during the 8th Annual EMMF Jazz Fest slated for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17.
On Saturday night, Feb. 16, the doors at the Penn Wells Dining Room will open at 7:15 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show and dancing. Wijnands will play boogie-woogie, barrelhouse blues and stride piano music as well as original jazz compositions he wrote.
Wijnands brings his joyful exuberance and showmanship to all of his concerts. They are personal, intimate and keep people coming back for more. He lures his audience in, sharing information about each piece he is about to play punctuated by his sense of humor and insights. His technical skill, dexterity and knowledge bring each tune to life.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Wijnands has been teaching jazz piano, arranging for small bands as well as combo and jazz piano techniques and theory since 2000 at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City Conservatory of Music headed by Bobby Watson. Since 2006, he has also been teaching Jazz piano and bass in Jim Mair’s program at Kansas Community College in Kansas City.
Saturday night from 5 to 7:15 p.m. will be a pre-show dinner in the Penn Wells Dining Room followed by Wijnands’ performance. The pre-show dinner is $30 per person plus tax. Concert tickets are $30 per person.
Jazz Fest will end on Sunday, Feb. 17 with the Family Jazz Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penn Wells. An EMMF Jazz Fest musician will perform from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during brunch. The music is free. The brunch is $18.95 per person plus tax.
For Saturday night concert ticket information, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at (570) 787-7800. For reservations for the Saturday night dinner and Sunday brunch, call the Penn Wells Hotel at (570) 724-2111.