WHEELING Oglebay Institute continues its Jazz at the Stifel series, with Pittsburgh jazz legend Benny Benack at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
The Benny Benack Band prides itself in achieving a level of versatility that defies conventional labels. From Big Band Swing to Dixieland Jazz and from Broadway to the hits of today, The Benny Benack Band gives each song its own unique contemporary feel.
Benny Benack Sr. left his mark on the local music scene as a performer, bandleader and teacher. Most notable was his "Beat 'em Bucs" theme song for the 1960 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Today it's still a family affair as his sons Benny Jr. and Flip, and more recently grandson Benny III carry on the tradition. The band is no stranger to West Virginia, with more than 100 appearances at The Greenbrier, 25 years at The Charleston Festival Regatta and countless Morgantown appearances cheering on the Mountaineers among its credits. This will be their second performance at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Pittsburgh jazz legend Benny Benack will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center as part of the 2012-2013 Jazz at the Stifel season.
Their debut recording is titled Carryin' On to represent the tradition and to capture the great time they have playing together.
Other upcoming performances in this year's jazz season include:
- Max Leake Quartet, February 9
- Donna Bailey Quartet, March 9
All shows begin at 8 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road in Wheeling. Call the Stifel Center at 304-242-7700 to purchase tickets. Refreshments are available for purchase at all shows, and parking is free and available just behind the center.
These programs are made possible through the generous support of the members of the Institute as well as with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.