Jazz great Ronny Whyte to perform at Columns Museum fundraiser
March 24 concert is by premiere interpreter of the American popular song, an outstanding jazz pianist and songwriter


Ronny Whyte (Photo provided)

MILFORD — Join an evening with jazz great Ronny Whyte, who will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, 608 Broad St., Milford.
His performance is a fundraiser for the Columns, the home of the Pike County Historical Society.
Whyte is considered a premiere interpreter of the classic American popular song, and an outstanding jazz pianist and songwriter. He was featured on Marian McPartland’s "Piano Jazz" on NPR.
An ASCAP Award-winning songwriter, Whyte's lyric "Forget the Woman" was recorded by Tony Bennett, and his music for "The Party Upstairs" won the MAC Award for Best Song of 2006. He produces and hosts Midday Jazz Midtown at Saint Peter’s in Manhattan, a weekly concert series.
For two years Whyte appeared Off-Broadway in the hit musical "Our Sinatra" as well as its two national big band tours, which played more than 90 cities. He was featured twice at New York’s JVC Jazz Festival, and there was inducted into the Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame.
The Ronny Whyte Trio has performed in concert at Carnegie/Weill Hall, New York’s Town Hall, Washington’s Corcoran Gallery and the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelpha. Whyte has had major engagements in New York at the Café Carlyle, Rainbow & Stars, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at the Regency.
Abroad he has starred in Paris, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Sao Paolo, Caracas, and Johannesburg. Whyte often makes guest appearances with symphony orchestras playing his arrangement of Porgy & Bess for Jazz Trio & Orchestra and other Gershwin works. In the theater he has played such diverse roles as Bobby in "Company," Oberon in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Joey in "Pal Joey," and Vernon in "They’re Playing Our Song." Whyte has recorded 11 CDs for Audiophile: his CD "All in a Night’s Work" was selected Jazz Album of the Week by The New York Times.
Originally from Seattle, Whyte divides his time between the New York area and his house in Milford.
When not performing or writing, Whyte is an avid tennis player, gardener, and gourmet cook. He is a well-known face about town in Milford — with a devilish smile, great sense of humor, and a kind heart for donating his time and talent for the museum's cause.
Tickets to the event are $30 and include wine and cheese. This event sells out every year, so make your reservations early by calling 570-296-8126 or emailing pikemuse@ptd.net