Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – May 8, 2019

Good afternoon friends of our Jazz Cabaret,

Plans are going apace for the next Jazz Cabaret that will be held May 8, 2019 at the Conley Resort.  We are delighted to welcome back one of America’s great cabaret performers.  Dane Vannatter will grace our stage with his musical ensemble.  An ensemble made up of incomparable jazz musicians from our region – Daniel May on keyboard, Tony DePaolis on bass, and Thomas Wendt on drums.  The theme of the evening will be songs written by the distaff side of jazz composers.  The names of the female composers, lyricists and arrangers may not immediately jump out at you but their songs certainly will.  Songs such as “Pick Yourself Up”, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, “Young at Heart”, “Willow Weep for Me”, “How High the Moon”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Here’s to Life”.  And, that is just a short list.  Dane will present many others that you will remember and enjoy.

This will be the final show of our fifth season.  We continue to grow our audience through “word of mouth”, publicity in the Butler Eagle, the Northern Connection magazine, and the numerous announcements on WZUM jazz radio stations AM and FM.  The e-blast you are reading  goes out to over 300 friends and jazz lovers.

Time:
Wednesday
May 8, 2019
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place:
Conley’s Resort and Golf Club
740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost:
$12.50 per person

Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

Remember, this is a benefit – ALL the money from ticket sales goes to the St. Barnabas “Free Care Fund”.  We rely on our sponsors for the expense of the musicians, food, lighting, etc.

Again, we gratefully acknowledge our sponsors:

  • Paul G. Benedum, Jr. – Benedum Interests
  • Franklin and Bonnie Blackstone
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christian Farls
  • Dr. Kenton Rexford
  • Louis P. Vitti
  • Brooks and Helen Bartlett

  • Joseph Decker and Susan Ardisson – Bit-X-Bit
  • Club Julian 24 Hour Fitness
  • Tom Henry Chevrolet
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Roddey
  • WZUM.FM  101.1 (new Pgh. Jazz station)
  • Vic Conrad – Pinnacle Financial Strategies (our newest sponsor!)

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

REMINDER: Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – February 13, 2019

Good afternoon, Jazz Lovers and friends of our Jazz Cabaret,

As I compose this epistle, the temperature is hovering near 0 degrees F. I have it direct from Punxsutawney Phil that February 13 will not be this cold. Anyhow, the warm vibes of jazz will keep you comfortable and content. Maura Minteer and her great ensemble of jazz musicians – Jeff Lashway on keyboard, Tony DePaolis on bass and Danny Glover on drums – assure you of an evening of warm, lyrical sounds.

Please join us for an evening of jazz from Broadway and some Valentine’s Day music.

Time:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place:
Conley’s Resort and Golf Club

740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost:
$12.50 per person

Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

We are getting a good response so I suggest an early arrival.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 13. And, as Tony Mowod says, “Keep a little love in your heart and jazz in your soul”.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – February 13, 2019

Good afternoon to friends of jazz and the Conley Resort Jazz Cabaret,

We start the new year with a touch of jazz from Broadway and a tinge of Valentine’s Day music. The interpretation of these songs will be brought to you by a vocalist familiar with stage, television, and night club presentations. Maura Minteer and her trio will present songs that have entertained audiences for years. Broadway has long been a source of popular jazz music. Maura’s background in theatre adds a dramatic extension to the program. Her musical director and husband, Jeff Lashway, adds another dimension with his years of being the principal pianist for the Maynard Ferguson big band ensemble. Tony DePaolis and Danny Glover will complete the trio with their musical virtuosity on the bass and drums.

Remember this is a benefit – all the money from ticket sales go to the St. Barnabas “Free Care Fund”. We rely on our sponsors entirely for the expenses of the musicians, food, lighting, etc.

Please join us for an evening of jazz in a setting reminiscent of past sophisticated jazz clubs. Relax and enjoy superb music, libations, and conviviality. It will be an evening to remember.

Time:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place:
Conley’s Resort and Golf Club

740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost:
$12.50 per person

Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

REMINDER: Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – November 28, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret fans,

The autumnal season hurries us along and the holiday season looms on the near horizon. Here’s wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving – we all have so much to be thankful for! Closely following on the heels of that day of thanksgiving is the Jazz Cabaret on November 28. So how about taking a break before “The Holidays” and join us for an evening of jazz by four of Pittsburgh’s great jazz artists. Let the warm sounds soothe you and lessen the frenetic world around us. In other words – kick back and enjoy the evening of song stylings of Erin Burkett accompanied by Virgil Walters, Max Leake, and Mike Tomaro.

Remember this is a benefit – ALL the money made on the ticket sales goes to the St. Barnabas “Free Care Fund”. Our sponsors’ funding covers the Cabaret expenses.

 

Time:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place:
Conley’s Resort and Golf Club

740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost:
$12.50 per person

Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

 

 

Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – November 28, 2018

Good afternoon friends of our Jazz Cabaret,

The fall weather caught me by surprise with frost and cool nights (and days) – but we are going to warm things up with our November 28 Jazz Cabaret. While our musicians will play some “cool” sounds, we promise to warm the room with love and songs that will elevate the mood and the temperature.

Since I choose the vocalist and accompanists, I think each succeeding group is better than the previous one, but, in fact, I think they are all exceptional. The November show has some of the greatest musicians in the jazz spectrum.

The vocal enchantress, Erin Burkett, leads the group with her lilting virtuosity and great song selections. Virgil Walters adds his skillful and near magical touch on the bass. Max Leake on the keyboard brings his light, lyrical touch, reminiscent of the late Bill Evans. Mike Tomaro, saxophonist extraordinaire, has few peers with his playing, arranging, and great abilities in the entire musical realm.

Remember this is a benefit – ALL the money made on the ticket sales goes to the St. Barnabas “Free Care Fund”.
We rely on our sponsors entirely for the expenses of the musicians, lighting, etc.

Come join us for an evening of pure entertainment.

 

Time:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place:
Conley’s Resort and Golf Club

740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost:
$12.50 per person

Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – November 28, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret friends,

I mentioned at the August Jazz Cabaret that we were still finalizing plans for our November Jazz Cabaret. The arrangements have been completed. On November 28 we welcome back to our stage the lovely Erin Burkett with a group of musicians that has few peers. The lilting voice of Erin will be accompanied by Virgil Walters on bass, Mike Tomaro on saxophone, and the inimitable one – Max Leake on keyboard. This group is unsurpassed in their musical virtuosity both as a group and as individual talents.

We look forward to seeing all of you there as the Bartletts celebrate a wedding anniversary and a birthday – no numerical on my birthday – but we celebrate 59 years of wedded bliss in November.

Please come join us for an evening of great music and conviviality.

An up-dated announcement will be forthcoming in the near future.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

REMINDER: Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – August 15, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret friends,

This is just a reminder of our first Jazz Cabaret of our new season. Shakespeare had his own take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream but we have our own “Dream Team” of musicians to entertain you. The Pittsburgh region is blessed with many exceptional musicians. We have been able to attract the very best to our events.

We are looking forward to an evening of lyrical and melodic tunes in the jazz genre presented by Lisa Bleil and her merry band of musicians – Benny Benack, Jr., John Burgh, and Mike Houlis. It doesn’t get any better than that.

This evening of music is in keeping with our efforts to keep jazz as a viable entity of the arts and also provide monies for the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund.

 

Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place: Conley’s Resort and Golf Club
740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost: $12.50 per person
Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

Come join us and celebrate summer with great music and conviviality. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

 

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – August 15, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret friends,

Summer is here – temps running in the 80s and 90s – so how about some “cool” jazz music to help you “chill out”? Remember, “Summertime and the living is easy”! Well, join us on August 15, 2018 at the Conley Resort’s Grandview Room and let the lyrical songs of Lisa Bleil and her trio make for an evening of easy living.

We are starting our fifth season of Jazz Cabaret. The concept of keeping jazz alive and well was the main object of our endeavor. Jazz is America’s indigenous art form. Our successful achievement of keeping jazz in the forefront is because of friends like you and our most generous sponsors. Without these two prime ingredients, jazz could essentially disappear. Thank you!!

Lisa Bleil and her trio represent some of the very best of our region’s jazz musicians. John Burgh, a brilliant keyboardist, Mike Houlis, another great bassist, and what more need be said than to say – Benny Benack, Jr. and his trumpet. This exceptional group of musicians will be led by one of Pittsburgh’s great vocalist – Lisa Bleil. Lisa is prominent in the Pittsburgh jazz and musical scene. She has performed in all genres – theatre, television, and teaching. She can be heard singing at clubs around the Pittsburgh area.

This promises to be another delightful evening for you – and remember, it is a benefit – ALL proceeds go to the Free Care Fund at St. Barnabas!

 

Time: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place: Conley’s Resort and Golf Club
740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost: $12.50 per person
Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

Please help us keep this labor of love viable and growing in our region. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

REMINDER: Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – May 9, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret friends,

This is just a reminder of our next Jazz Cabaret which will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Conley’s Resort. Dane Vannatter and his marvelous trio will be presenting their homage to Spring and the songs appropos to this lovely time of the year.

As I compose this missive, it seems “Spring will be a Little Late this Year” but I am hoping that “Spring is Here” will be an appropriate song by May 9th.

As I mentioned in the first e-blast, dinner at Conley’s might be of interest to some Cabaret attendees. If you are coming to the Cabaret, they will provide a free appetizer with your entrée. Give the restaurant, Knickers, a call for an early reservation: 724-586-7711. Remember, the Jazz Cabaret starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Time: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place: Conley’s Resort and Golf Club
740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost: $12.50 per person
Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

We hope you can attend and help us celebrate the finale of our fourth year of this jazz series. We feel that keeping jazz viable and entertaining is important for America’s original musical art form.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett

 


 

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Jazz Cabaret at Conley Resort – May 9, 2018

Good afternoon Jazz Cabaret friends,

We hope you will join us as we welcome Spring at our next Jazz Cabaret on May 9th at the Conley Resort. The theme will be spring songs as presented by the renowned jazz cabaret singer, Dane Vannatter. Dane has honored us by consenting to return to our vicinity for this special night (he now resides in the Cleveland area.) Those of you who have heard him at our Cabaret or at other jazz clubs know he has incredible stage presence and a marvelous voice that brings soul to song lyrics in the jazz genre. Dane will be accompanied by Daniel May on piano, Tony DePaolis on bass, and James Moore on trumpet.

We will continue at our new venue at Conley Resort in the Grandview Room. For those of you who missed our initial presentation there in February, it is a great venue with many complimentary assets more in keeping with a jazz club. The Grandview is larger and accommodates more guests with more room to move around. The Conley restaurant, Knickers, is available for those of you who might like dinner prior to the Jazz Cabaret. That time coincides with their Happy Hour discounts – and, if having an entrée, the appetizers are free.

Our May Jazz Cabaret marks the completion of four years of our presentations. It is our hope and plan to continue this Cabaret as long as the jazz audience and our sponsors continue to support us. Remember, it is a benefit – ALL proceeds go to the “Free Care Fund at St. Barnabas”!

Consequently, we cannot continue without our sponsors. We will again list them so you can personally thank them.

 

Time: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Place: Conley’s Resort and Golf Club
740 Pittsburgh Road, Butler, PA 16002
(on Route 8 just north of Glade Mills)

Cost: $12.50 per person
Cash bar, free appetizers, and parking

Reservations and/or questions:
please contact us at 412-366-1035
or via our website Contact Form

 

Again, we gratefully acknowledge our sponsors:

  • Doug Austin
  • Paul G. Benedum – Benedum Interests
  • Bit-X-Bit – Joseph Decker & Susan Ardisson
  • Franklin & Bonnie Blackstone
  • Club Julian 24 Hour Fitness
  • Mr. & Mrs. Christian Farls
  • Tom Henry – Chevrolet
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Knox
  • Richard A. Morledge
  • Kenton Rexford, VMD
  • Mr. & Mrs. James Roddey
  • Louis P. Vitti
  • WZUM Radio
  • The Brooks Bartlett Family

 

Please help us keep jazz alive and well in our region. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sincerely,
Brooks and Helen Bartlett