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Jazz Concert Coming to Newly Renamed Harvey Worth Owen III Grand Salon

Oct 24, 2014 11:06AM ● By Erica Shames

The “Jazz in the Sky” concert series at The Ware Center of Millersville University, which brings to Lancaster local and regional jazz artists in performance, will present jazz vocalist JD Walter in concert in the center’s  newly renamed Harvey Worth Owen III Grand Salon on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.  The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Considered a “jazz singer’s singer,” JD Walter has been compared by critics to such legendary jazz artists as Mel Tormé and Betty Carter, but lauded for his own, unique improvisational technique and dazzling scat style. A native of Philadelphia, Walter now resides in New York, where he is a regular part of the New York City jazz scene, having headlined at such famous venues as the Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Sweet Rhythm and Smoke, and 55 Bar. He’s also been a featured artist at countless clubs and jazz festivals around America, as well as at numerous festivals in Europe, the Middle East and Central America, and has toured in Russia more than 60 times, performing in more than 100 cities there.

Now also a teacher of jazz, Walter has performed in numerous clinics for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Music Educators National Conference, and taught at the University of North Texas and New Orleans University, as well as overseas at Finland’s prestigious Sebelius Conservatory in Helsinki, the Jazz Palau De Valencia in Spain, the Athenian conservatory and Ionian Universities in Greece, the Moscow Music Consort and Kazan Music Conservatory in Russia. He currently teaches at New York City’s Aaron Copland School of Music and The New School, as well as at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at, or by calling the Millersville University ticket office at 717-871-7600, or the Ware Center at 717-871-7018. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket office, located on the MU campus in the Student Memorial Center, or at the front desk at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.

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