Swing into spring this weekend at St. James Parish.
Music Plus, the free concert series at St. James Church, presents "Swing Into Spring" with the Maureen Budway Quartet.
The performance is 3 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary at 200 Walnut St., Sewickley.
Maureen Budway, one of the jazz icons of Pittsburgh, will bring her quartet for the 50-minute-long concert with no intermission. The quartet includes Daniel May on piano, Tony DePaolis on bass and Thomas Wendt on drums.
The concert will be preceded by a "pre-concert" at 2:30 of The Three Amigos, a trio of Quaker Valley elementary musicians, directed by Chris Burgh, which will be 20-minutes in length. The family-friendly concert will be followed by a reception to meet the performers.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
About Maureen Budway
Maureen Budway was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Her career as a jazz singer started with her brother, jazz pianist David Budway, at a jazz club called the Balcony.
She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance fromDuquesne University where she studied both classical and jazz voice. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
A winner of the Pittsbugh Concert Society, her performances include the role of Cozy Cool in the Duke Ellington jazz opera Beggar’s Holiday with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Budway has performed on numerous occasions with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; sang Billy Strayhorn tribute in the jazz ballet Indigo in Motion with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; performed with jazz drummer and downbeat pole winner Jeff “Tain” Watts at the Frick Mansion; Hidden Valley Jazz Festival with jazz flutist Hubert Laws; with renowned jazz drummer Louis Bellson in the Duke Ellington Jazz Mass; and performances with New York jazz musicians Ron Afif, Eric Revis, E.J. Strickland, Jonathan Kreisberg and Freddie Bryant.
She is a member of the 21st Century Swing Band, and their brand new CD Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy. Other recordings include Maureen Budway and the Freddie Bryant Trio, The Mass of Hope by Joe Negri, Latinventions by Salsamba and Jazz…the Budway. She recently performed a Gershwin Tribute with brother David Budway as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Paris Festival 2012.
Budway is currently a member of the voice faculty at Duquesne University. She performs regularly at Andy’s in the Fairmont Hotel, downtown Pittsburgh.
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