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Westmoreland Jazz Society holds Third-Thursday concert in Greensburg

| Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, 9:00 p.m.
(left) Linda Kubas, President, Westmoreland Jazz Society, Jessica Zamiska, Manager of Grants and Member Relations, and Pat Erdelsky, volunteer and event organizer gather during the Westmoreland Jazz Society monthly concert held on Thursday evening December 20, 2012 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune Review
(left) Benny Benack Jr. and son, Benny Benack, III, belt out familiar jazz tunes with other members of the Benny Benack Band for guests gathered at the Westmoreland Jazz Society monthly concert held on Thursday evening December 20, 2012 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg. Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune Review

One special treat of December in Greensburg is the Westmoreland Jazz Society's Third-Thursday concert in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Last week, jazz fans took a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and parties to sit back, drinks and treats in hand, and listen to the Benny Benack Band.

A favorite of local concert-goers, the Pittsburgh-based band's repertoire runs the gamut of big band, swing and Dixieland to contemporary and even Motown standards.

Crowd consensus seemed to be that this is a band to hear over and over again.

January's featured performer will be pianist Eric Barchiesi.

In February, the concert series will move to temporary digs in the nearby Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, as the Westmoreland undertakes a major construction-and-renovation project.

First to take the Seton Hill stage will be vocalist and pianist Judy Figel, another must-hear performer, according to society volunteer and former president Pat Erdelsky.

Thursday's session was a family affair for Jan and Janet Dudiak of Penn Township, who make it a point to hear the band whenever possible. Band members Benny Benack Jr., Benny Benack III and Charles “Flip” Benack are their cousins.

Greeting guests were jazz society President Linda Kubus and museum staffer Jessica Zamiska.

Seen at the Westmoreland: Harry and Grace Seitz, John and Sam Hugus, John and Marie Shimshock, Fran Lynch, Gib and Pat Clark, Joe and Dorothea Cremonese, Larry and Anita Leonard, Dan Rafferty, Randy Toniolo, Chirs Bomberger, Rose Ann Gilmore, Richard Platt, Don and Milly Whirlow, Donna Zouras, Eileen Ball, David Friedman and Tim and Ethel Fox.

— Shirley McMarlin

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