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Annual Jazz Festival

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jazz guitarist, Paul Bollenback

This year is our 33rd annual Jazz Festival. 

The Institute—now Buttonwood Nature Center— presents our annual jazz festival, which continues to spotlight top professional artists each year that light up the outdoor stage with hot summer jazz.

Returning this year for his 27th appearance is perennial Jazz Fest favorite, Paul Bollenback. 

Bollenback started his music career in 1981, and has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name a few.

He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20-year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. Bollenback performs on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released 8 CDs as a leader. A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ‘90s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer, whose pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD.

The concert also features Nicole Zuraitis, the 2024 Grammy Award Winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album.

Along with Bollenback on guitar, Zuratitis will be performing with Dan Pugach (drums). Additional artists to be announced soon.

Drummer Dan Pugach is Nicole Zuraitis’s husband, and played on her Grammy-winning album.

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting lineup!

Admission is free. Rain location is Waynesboro Area Middle School.

Jazz vocalist, Nicole Zuraitis

Check out the history—all the performers in our 32 years of Jazz Fest.

Parking is available on the property. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and picnics are welcome. Cold water will be available free to all attendees.


Underwriting support for this event last year was provided by our premiere sponsor of note, Rent in Waynesboro. Additional funding is through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further sponsors include Hamilton Nissan; Beverly McFarland, in memory of Tom McFarland; Andrew and Sally Sussman; and Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Additional support from our Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support provided courtesy of Jeff and Nancy Mace.


August 25
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Buttonwood Nature Center–Home of The Institute
(717) 762-0373


The Wharf
10141 Wharf Road
Waynesboro, PA United States
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