Emmy Award-Winning Jazz Band to Perform Saturday at Stifel Center in Wheeling

WHEELING — Jazz artist Jimmy Sapienza and his band, Five Guys Named Moe, will perform Saturday at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center as part of this year’s Jazz at the Stifel music series.

Sapienza and his band are known for outstanding performances and world-class sound. The Moe repertoire is comprised of hundreds of songs that include swing and pop standards, jazz, big band, rhythm and blues, Latin and classic rock.

Sapienza is a dynamo combination of vocalist and actor who can croon and shout the blues with conviction. He is a naturally comedic frontman and master of ceremonies with an easy and slightly off-beat delivery that is reminiscent of the classic “Saloon Singer.”

In 2007, Sapienza won an Emmy Award for his participation in the WQED Multimedia television show “Live From Studio ‘A.'” His rendition of “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody,” along with outstanding performances by other great Pittsburgh artists, won the Emmy in the category of “Arts Program or Special.”

Upcoming performances in this year’s jazz season include Boilermaker Jazz Band on Feb. 9 and the Peck Family Jazz Band on March 9.

The 100-year-old Stifel Fine Arts Center is the former home of one of Wheeling’s most prominent families and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

While enjoying a selection of desserts and wines that are available for purchase at all jazz shows, guests can explore the historic home and also view the art on display in the galleries.

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 or visit www.oionline.com to purchase tickets. 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.

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