Holiday Jazz Matinee with High End Buffet on its Way to Bridgeport's Benedum Civic Center Dec. 18

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on November 11, 2022 via

Music and dining fans in central West Virginia can look forward to a new holidaythemed, family friendly event this December 18 when the West Virginia Jazz Society introduces The Holiday Jazz Matinee featuring an internationally recognized jazz vocalist along with a tapas style buffet.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. at the Benedum Civic Center in Bridgeport with festivities beginning at 3 p.m. as Sharon Clark presents her special “Nat King Cole Tribute” holiday show. Her most recent rendition was given last Christmas Eve in Paris, France, and featured classic tunes Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, Unforgettable, Mona Lisaand When I Fall In Love.
The Yuletide Tapas Buffet designed by Chef Richard Carlone features specialties duck liver mousse, marinated white anchovies. Spanish meatball skewers, seasoned  honey combs, and other tapas dishes, as well as charcuterie and sauces. 
The buffet is included with $50 reserved seating and with Gold Circle table service at $75 per person with a dedicated server to pour wine and assist guests with the buffet. Advance purchase is recommended by text to 304-517-9813 or by email to
Middle school and high school students may attend for free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Details are available through 
Bandland at 304-622-1171
Clark will be accompanied by a curated band that includes Vince Lewis, recording artist and guitarist at the Greenbrier Hotel Resort, and Steve Rudolph, popular pianist from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, DC.’s Steve Arnold, Clark’s regular bassist and music director.
Chef Carlone has extended family in Marion County where he resides, and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York with a career of experience cooking and designing events in the Seattle area. Carlone’s “Tour The Southland” buffet for a jazz event last May was very popular and led to his engagement around the region.
For more information on The Holiday Jazz Matinee and Sharon Clark, visit and

Editor's Note: Top photo shows Sharon Clark who will perform at the Holiday Jazz Matinee presenting her Triibute To Nat King Cole, while the bottom shows Marinated Spanish White Anchovies, which is one of the tapas dishes being prepared by Chef Richard Carlone for the Yuletide Tapas Buffet that is part of the event.

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