From October through March, the OXFORD hotel and the Bend community welcomes an incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists over five separate weekends. This is possible through the generous support of our wonderful sponsors which include BendBroadband, Douglas Fine Jewelry, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, The Bulletin, Zolo Media, Bank of the Cascades, Subaru of Bend, Tower Theatre Foundation and 10below Restaurant.
We are pleased to announce our series line up for our 6th annual BendBroadband's Jazz at the
Friday,Oct 23rd and Saturday, Oct 24th Joey DeFrancesco Trio
All-star trio led by 3 time Grammy Nominee and B3 organ master
- Saturday, Dec 26th and Sunday, Dec 27th Bobby Torres Ensemble
Driving Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz
- Friday, Jan 22nd and Saturday, Jan 23rd Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection featuring Charmaine Neville
Rhythmic wizardry brings New Orleans to Bend
- Friday, Feb 12 only at Tower Theatre Pete Escovedo Orchestra featuring national recording artist Sheila E.
Follow the beat with a percussive performance from
- Friday, Mar 18th and Saturday, Mar 19th Darrell Grant "The Territory" featuring Marilyn Keller and Mike Horsfall
Turbo-charged piano with flawless vocals and vibes
The show times are
- Fridays at 8:00 pm
- Saturdays at 5:00 pm and 8:15 pm
- Sunday (Dec show) at 5:00 pm
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BendBroadband's Free Music Education Workshops at the Oxford Scheduled!
Central Oregon musicians and singers, no matter what style or how long they have played, will want to attend the FREE music workshops being led by
- Saturday, January 23,
2016featuring Reggie Houston and Charmaine Neville
- Saturday, March 19,
2016featuring Darrell Grant
The 2015-2016 BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford series is brought to you by:
Bobby Torres Ensemble
"..Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul's need for rhythmic harmony." The Oregonian A & E
Driving Afro-Cuban rhythms ignite this ensemble's inspired blend of Latin, Jazz, and Rock to create the signature Bobby Torres Ensemble sound, featuring tasty piano licks, a
A close look at the movies “Woodstock” or “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” – even a close listen to the Mad Dogs and Englishmen live CD – will reveal Bobby Torres early in his career touring and playing with Joe Cocker. Bobby also toured and played with Al Jarreau, Etta James, Jackson Browne, The Beach Boys, The Captain & Tennille, Tom Jones and many others.
Bobby has fused these professional experiences with his Latin American roots to create the unique sound that characterizes the Bobby Torres Ensemble. Bobby humorously describes his artistic process: “I draw my work from my Latin roots and my American upbringing in New York. For me, I felt I had the choice to play either Latin lyrics with American rhythms or Latin rhythms with American lyrics. I chose the latter.” Bobby was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in
Bobby will be joined by world class musicians Damian Erskine (bass) and Reinhardt Melz (drums) as well as his very talented daughter,
- Saturday, Dec 26 @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, Dec 26 @ 8:15 pm
- Sunday, Dec 27 @ 5:00 pm
Reggie Houston's Crescent City Connection
Featuring Charmaine Neville
"He's a presence, iconic. People go away from his gigs feeling good, and that's as much a function of his personality as it is his music. He's got the spirit of New Orleans in him and no matter how many times he says how much he loves it here and is glad he's here, the spirit of the Crescent City is always with him." Tom D'Antoni Oregon Music News
The unmistakable sounds of New Orlean’s Jazz scene will pulsate throughout Bend when Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection hits the stage with Charmaine Neville. Reggie is a legend on the jazz scene where his considerable talent as a saxophonist has been in high demand for decades. Honing his skills with the Batiste’s family pioneering funk band The Gladiators by the age of 12, Reggie has been performing with Charmaine, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Peter Gabriel and Fats Domino, a 22-year gig spanning the globe, ever since.
As the daughter of one of the highly acclaimed The Neville Brothers (Charles), Charmaine Neville is heir to a rich New Orleans musical legacy while putting her own stamp on her musical heritage. She started out backing up The Neville Brothers and went on to perform with The Survivors, a band whose alumni list includes Harry Connick Jr. and Bobby McFerrin. Described as a crowd magnet, Charmaine is characterized as a frisky dynamo, versatile, vivacious, and technically impressive. Her talent for comedy, combined with her spontaneity and her considerable vocal range all make for a spectacular, energetic, and riveting performance. She is truly an artist extraordinaire.
Joining Reggie and Charmaine on stage will be pianist & keyboardist Amasa Miller, a Jazz at the Oxford alumni and favorite guitarist Peter Dammann, and bassist Ben Jones. Just a month after visiting with Bobby Torres Ensemble, world class drummer Reinhardt Melz will be back, with Taeko Yokohama on tenor sax and Arietta Ward on background vocals.
- Friday, Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
- Saturday, Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, Jan 23 @ 8:15 pm
Pete Escovedo Orchestra
Featuring national recording artist Sheila E.
"...a force in the local festival and recording scene...Pete is known worldwide for his session work and solo albums." Allaboutjazz.com
"The love affair between Pete Escovedo and the world of percussion took off like
Latin Jazz legend and timbalero Pete Escovedo leads what is widely considered one of the finest ensembles in Latin jazz, a mix of musicians from both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The sound is a joyous concoction of Latin rhythms with elements of jazz, R&B and funk that is hard to resist.
A California native, Escovedo storied career started with his brother, Coke, and the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet. In the late '60s, guitarist Carlos Santana hired the two brothers for his hugely popular group. In 1970, Pete and Coke founded the band Azteca, a cooperative 14-piece Latin big band, recording two albums for Columbia Records. Since that time, Pete has performed consistently and considered one of the standard bearers of Latin Jazz.
Joining Pete on stage will be his daughter, Sheila E., a nationally recognized drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist, actress and humanitarian. Sheila's résumé is extensive including MTV's Best Video Award for "The Glamorous Life," and touring with Prince. She has played on countless albums, including the soundtrack to "Prince of Egypt," featuring Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, successful Japanese artist Namie Amuro (whom she also toured with in 1996 and 2002) and Gloria Estefan's hugely successful "Mi Tierra."
Performing on Valentine's Weekend in Bend, this is a very rare opportunity to experience Latin jazz at its
- ONE SHOW ONLY AT TOWER THEATRE
- Friday, Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
Darrell Grant "The Territory"
Featuring Marilyn Keller and Mike
Darrell has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist, skilled composer and committed educator. Since being introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist in vocalist Betty Carter's trio, Grant has performed with a who's who of jazz luminaries including Frank Morgan, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Donald Harrison, Brian Blade, Esperanza Spalding, Nicholas Payton, Greg Osby and a host of others.
A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Grant was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he was the first recipient of the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts from Portland State University, where he is a Professor of Music and directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.
His composition, The Territory, was premiered at Chamber Music Northwest and has subsequently been performed at The Jazz Standard and The DiMenna Center in New York City, as well as the Portland Jazz Festival. He is the recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
- Friday, March 18 @ 8:00 pm
- Saturday, March 19 @ 5:00 pm
- Saturday, March 19 @ 8:15 pm