It's our 5th Anniversary!
It's our 5th Anniversary!
To celebrate this important milestone, the series will feature our most incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists to date. From October through March, the OXFORD hotel will welcome six exciting acts, plus a 7th special CD release show, that you can't miss. Click here or scroll down for the line up, their bios and show dates and times.
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BendBroadband's Free Music Education at the Oxford Workshops
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 world class musicians. Special thanks to Georges Bouhey, for organizing four sessions this season. Please join us and invite your friends!
The 2014-2015 BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford series is brought to you by:
King Louie’s Portland Blues Review III
featuring LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Lisa Mann and Trombonist Danny Armstrong
Expanded lineup of rousing blues review formed exclusively for Jazz at the Oxford! This group of blues, soul and gospel specialists is overflowing with talent.
See 2014 Waterfront Blues Bio
“What a voice!” (Kurt Johnson, Positively Entertainment)
LaRhonda sang her first solo in an Oklahoma church one Sunday morning and has gone on to work with Portland’s top blues artists over the years, highlighted by a 2005 performance with Obo Addy at the Lincoln Center and annual appearances at the Waterfront Blues Festival.
Lisa Mann, Bass & Vocals
“Mmmm, mmmm good. It’s like eatin’ crayons. Just real, real colorful music.” (Rob Morrison, Blue Brunch Host, WXWX Memphis)
Lisa is a Cascade Blues Festival Hall of Fame inductee (after winning the Muddy Waters Bass Player of the Year three times in a row), Portland Music Award winner, and a downright dynamite blues vocalist.
Andy Stokes, Vocals
“Andy’s heart & soul are worn on his sleeve. His voice and his emotion are powerful forces to be reckoned with.” (Sterling Talent)
Soul singer Stokes is a sensation, who has performed with the likes of George Clinton, The Temptations, Tower of Power, Stylistics and Michael Bolton. He sings on par with Marvin Gaye and just as good as Otis Redding. Andy brings the funk, blues and soul together into a glorious and entertaining package.
Louis “King Louie” Pain, B-3 Organ
Louis Pain “Portland’s boss of the B-3 organ” (The Oregonian).
He’s the spiritual leader behind Mel Brown’s B-3 Organ Group (also coming to Jazz at the Oxford this year), regularly leads his own groups and has performed with the likes of Bo Diddley, Solomon Burke, the Shirelles and Martha Reeves. Louis grew up in the Bay Area, where he worked with many of the greats from bands like Tower of Bower, Santana and the Doobie Brothers. Louis is the leader of this special revue.
Renato Caranto, Tenor Sax
Portland’s most in-demand saxophonist, Renato has most recently recorded and toured with country legend Merle Haggard, and has toured the world with Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. A native of the Phillippines, Rentato has performed with the likes of Arturo Sandoval, James Carter, Clarence Clemons, the Four Tops and many others, and is a fixture on the NW jazz and blues scene.
Danny Armstrong, Trombone
Jazz at the Oxford fans will be in for a special treat with the appearance of this veteran Bay Area trombonist, who has played with dozens of major jazz, blues, soul and Latin artists including Sonny & Cher, Elvin Bishop, Rufus Thomas, Bobby Freeman, The Coasters, Pete Escovedo and, still today, with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Danny is a master showman, highly-respected trombonist and, we are told, does a mean Satchmo! Louis Pain and Armstrong were constant musical companions during Pain’s early days in the Bay Area – 18 years later, these two old friends will be reunited at Jazz at the Oxford.
Peter Dammann, Guitar
Peter’s day job is Artistic Director for Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival. At night, when the Chicago native brings out his guitar, he is a musical wizard. After backing Paul deLay for nearly 20 years, many consider Peter the most seriously underrated blues guitarist in the world. He is also a diverse musician, who has gained respect as a classical and Brazilian guitarist.
Edwin Coleman III, Drums
Holding down the beat, Edwin comes from a family of musicians, actors and artists. He is an awesome cartoonist (you have to ask). And, he is a downright awesome drummer! Edwin’s regular gig is with Soul Vaccination, so we will have the pleasure of welcoming Edwin twice this year.
- Friday, October 24th 8:00 pm Show - SOLD OUT
- Saturday, October 25th 5:00 pm Show - SOLD OUT
- Saturday, October 25th 8:15 pm Show - SOLD OUT
featuring Violinist Karen Briggs
Almost impossible to categorize, this Southern California band is driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms. 2011 “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee from SoCal.
“TIZER’s music is pure joy…” (Omaha World Herald)
“TIZER functions on high-octane playing with long improvisational passages and intricately crafted motifs and counterpoint…for excitement, there were plenty of moments of intersecting ideas.” (Jazz Times)
Lao Tizer, Keyboards
Lao is a keyboard maestro, intense performer, and former Best New Jazz Artist nominee who is a rising star in the world-fusion space. He is known as a player who can shift effortlessly from power chords and funky riffs to lyrical ballads. The band has recently played festivals in Jakarta, Johannesburg, Dubai, Barbados and Santiago, as well as some of the top jazz clubs in the states, including Yoshi’s (Oakland) and Jazz Alley (Seattle).
Karen Briggs, Violin
“Karen Briggs is one of the baddest and most entertaining violinists on the music scene.” (The Urban Flux)
“(Karen’s) violin playing is immaculate…” (DCist)
For their appearance in Bend, TIZER will be accompanied by Cuban-born drummer Raul Pineda (Grammy winner; considered one of the world’s most innovative Latin drummers), Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Yanni…enough said!) on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Nieves (Kenny Loggins) on saxophone, percussion and vocals.
- Friday, November 21st 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, November 22nd 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, November 22nd 8:15 pm Show
Oregon Piano Summit II
featuring Gordon Lee, Tom Grant, Ramsey Embick and Mac Potts with Phil Baker (Pink Martini) & Mel Brown
Incredible blending of piano styles and “creative tension.”Gordon Lee, Piano
“World class” (Jazz Times)…”Highly creative music” (Jazz Society of Oregon)…”Music that brims over with life, energy and uplifting passion” (Boston Post-Gazette)
A native of New York City, Gordon is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and music educator, who has performed with the likes of Don Cherry, Bobby Hutcherson, Dewey Redman, Bobby Vinton and The Temptations. Gordon is the mastermind behind the Oregon Piano Summit and Executive Director of the annual Mel Brown Jazz Workshop at Western Oregon University.
Tom Grant, Piano
“Tom plays with inventiveness, elegance and economy. Certainly one of the best players on the scene” (Jeff Lorber)
Ramsey Embick, Piano
“Ramsey is Portland’s ‘El Jefe’ of Latin-jazz piano. He can conjure up a big city numba riot, a la Eddie Palmieri, unlike any bandleader around” (Tim DuRoche, Oregonian A&E)
Mac Potts, Piano
“A veteran blues musician at age 20, (Mac’s) playing can best be described as a wicked red-hot wow factor on his keyboard” (AXS Entertainment)
Mac Potts is a 21-year old blind pianist from Portland who has taken the jazz and pop scene by storm. He also plays sax, drums, percussion and harmonica, and has been invited for several years to the famous New Orleans Jazz Fest, where he has performed with Dr. John and Harry Connick, Jr. He is also a terrific singer, plays incredible Boogie Woogie, and sometimes shows off by playing behind his back.
Phil Baker, Bass
“Baker has made many Northwest musicians sound incredible over the years, and he also composes his own tunes, which makes him a consummate musician, not just a bassist.” (Kyle O’Brien, The Oregonian)
Phil is a permanent member of world-renown Pink Martini, a master of both acoustic and electric bass. He is internationally known and respected, having recorded on over 1000 jazz, rock, pop and blues albums. He toured for nine years with Diana Ross, and along with Mel, was behind her during her legendary concert in Central Park. Phil has performed with the likes of Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Tom Scott, and played on the prestigious “Motown 25” with Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.
Mel Brown, Drums
“Any recorded output by master drummer Mel Brown is a cause for celebration. If I didn’t know Brown was a Portland native, his churning rhythm ‘n grit grooves could easily be taken for Detroit, Memphis or New Orleans finest fare” (Jazz Review)
If you had to choose a single musician to represent the history of jazz in Portland, it would be drummer and bandleader Mel Brown. Known as Portland’s “Gentleman of Jazz,” Mel is a master of the hard bop style, as well as straight ahead bebop and soul. In Portland in the early 70’s, his first trio was with Phil Baker on bass, so the Oregon Piano Summit is a reunion of sorts.
- Friday, December 26th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, December 27th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, December 27th 8:15 pm Show
Mel Brown's B-3 Organ Group CD Release Party
Special Bonus Show (Bend Exclusive)
Return engagement of Mel's popular R&B band
“The B3 Organ Group is the most talented and lively of all of Brown’s bands” (Willamette Week)
“If this band played in New York City, they’d be a sensation” (George Benson)
We are thrilled to be able to host two special holiday bonus shows, welcoming back drummer Mel Brown, B-3 organist Louis Pain, guitarist Dan Balmer and saxophonist Renato Caranto with their sizzling Motown-inspired band. Mel’s credentials in the R&B and soul world are well-known; Louis is an extraordinary organ specialist; Dan a superb and diverse guitarist ;and Renato is one of the great tenor players in the country. This is a perfect show to celebrate the holidays with your entire family.
- Sunday, December 28th 4:00 pm Show
- Sunday, December 28th 7:30 pm Show
Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker
featuring the George Colligan Trio
with Ada Rovatti & Dan Balmer
Multi-Grammy winner & acclaimed trumpet master
“Brecker’s crisp, clean trumpet sound and decidedly melodic approach combine to offer an entirely delightful music expression that could well serve as a beacon for contemporary jazz” (Los Angeles Times)
World-renown Grammy-winning trumpeter, flugelhornist and jazz legend Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti (Randy’s marriage partner too) on saxophone, a George Colligan-led Portland-based rhythm section with George on piano, Chris Brown (Mel’s son) on drums, Jon “Sticky” Lakey on bass, and special guest Dan Balmer on guitar. This is a can’t miss show headlined by one of the most in-demand and compelling jazz artists of his generation.
Randy Brecker, Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Brecker’s resume as an accompanist reads like a who’s who of some of the greatest musicians over several generations including James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Parliament/Funkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. He started in 1967 with the great jazz-rock ensemble Blood, Sweat and Tears, but left to join the Horace Silver Quintet. Then, in 1968, he recorded his first solo album, ‘Score,” with his younger brother, then unknown 19-year old tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker. Randy then joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers before forming a seminal fusion group, Dreams, that featured brother Michael, Billy Cobham, Barry Rogers and John Abercrombie. After two albums, the group disbanded and Randy performed live with the likes of Larry Coryell, Stevie Wonder and Cobham. In 1975, Randy and Michael formed the Brecker Brothers Band, a group of immeasurable impact and influence. They released six albums and garnered seven Grammy nominations from 1975-1981. From the first record, “Some Shunk Fund” became a classic. The brothers reunited in 1992, recording two more Gammy winners. In 2004, Randy’s brother Michael was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. In 2005, with Mike unable to travel to Russia for Brecker Brothers gigs that were booked, Randy’s wife, Ada, sat in on saxophone for the first time, and they continued to tour the globe. In 2007, Randy was awarded his fourth Grammy for Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band, the live recording of his last gig with brother Michael at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest in 2004. That year, Michael tragically passed away. Randy’s list of accolades, awards and accomplishments goes on and on. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.
George Colligan, Piano
“One of the best kept secrets in jazz, pianist George Colligan has developed an intrepid attitude that goes hand-in-hand with a strong sense of identity” (Chris Hoven, All About Jazz)
Colligan is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, organ, drums, trumpet), and considered one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. He was based in New York City for most of his career, before relocating to Portland two years ago. As a sideman, he has played with the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Lenny White, Christian McBride, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Don Byron and Buster Williams. He has released 24 recordings of original compositions and is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet. Colligan is a past faculty member of the Julliard School and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Portland State University.
Ada Rovatti, Saxophone
“Whether burning down the house or persuading earnestly, Rovatti’s voice is a fresh addition that should garner her much-deserved respect” (All About Jazz)
A native of Italy, classically-trained Ada won a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, has worked with luminaries such as Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, has lived in Paris and now is based in New York City. She has performed at several major jazz festivals including Rochester, Detroit, Montreal and many others. As an actress, she appears in the movie Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Roberts, and as a bandleader, has recorded several unique albums that have garnered the attention of jazz critics worldwide.
- Friday, January 16th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, January 17th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, January 17th 8:15 pm Show
with B-3 Legend Chester Thompson
(ex-Santana & Tower of Power Organist)
Northwest’s Hottest Funk & Soul Band
“Folks in the Pacific Northwest are lucky to have a real soul band this fine and exciting” (Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat)
Soul Vaccination is sizzling hot. If you like Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Earth, Wind & Fire, you will love this band – because they are just as good! Their horn section (band leader Dave Mills, Lewis Livermore, Ron Regan, Gary Harris and Timothy Bryson) is tighter than the Jonas Brothers pants! Their vocals (Paul Creighton, Mark Wyatt & Regina K) are the very definition of sweet soul music. Their rhythm section (Edwin Coleman III, John Linn, Max Rees, and Glenn Holstrom) is funk on steroids. 13 people on stage – watch out!
Chester Thompson, B-3 Organ
“(Thompson is) one of the most revered Hammond organists alive…” (SF Jazz)
Chester will join the band for an exclusive Bend appearance, playing an original Hammond B-3 organ (we have located the prized instrument right here in Bend). Thompson is a legend. Thompson moved from his native Oklahoma to the Bay Area in 1969, where he became ensconced in the jazz scene before releasing his debut album, Powerhouse, in 1971. A chance meeting with members of the Oakland-based funk band Tower of Power led to a 10-year stint with the band, which began with his scorching solo on one of their signature hits, "What Is Hip?". Thompson’s own "Squib Cakes", one of TOP’s few instrumentals, is a showcase of his incredible talent. Thompson jumped to Santana in the early 80’s, recording eight albums with the group, including their 1999 zenith "Supernatural", which sold over 30 million copies and won nine Grammy awards. After leaving Santana in 2009, Thompson released "Mixology". It is a pleasure to welcome a musician of this stature to our Jazz at the Oxford series!
- Friday, February 20th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, February 21st 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, February 21st 8:15 pm Show
Diego Figueiredo/Cyrille Aimée Quintet
with Randy Porter, John Wiitala & Todd StraitBrazilian guitar virtuoso & distinctive French singer come together for a special show not to be missed
Diego Figueiredo, Guitar
“One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life” (George Benson)
“Diego is a unique musician” (Al De Meola)
Diego is a Brazilian guitarist who is taking the jazz world by storm. Although classically trained, Diego fuses Brazilian rhythms and jazz. He is known for superb technique, timing and imagination. Figueriredo has won numerous international awards and has played with the likes of Larry Coryell. It’s an incredible coup to be able to welcome him to Jazz at the Oxford.
Cyrille Aimée, Vocals
“…one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” (Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal)
“Cyrille’s vocal styling’s are synonymous with music genius” (All About Jazz)
“…a voice like fine whiskey – oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness” (The Washington Post)
Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition, and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Cyrille was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother. She was raised in the village of Samois-sur-Seine, the same place where the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt once lived. As a teenager, Cyrille performed in various Perisian cafes and clubs, and remained in Paris to attend the American School of Modern Music when her parents moved to Singapore. In 2006, she and other musician friends played and sang on street corners across Europe, and then in 2007 offered to play at jazz festivals for food and lodging. She ended up in Switzerland, where she won the Montreux competition, the prize for which included financing of a full-length recording (Cyrille Aimée & the Surreal Band). The rest is history…or history to come, as her first major label release, It’s a Good Day, was released jut this last Spring. We are lucky to have her, as Cyrille is a major star in the making.
- Friday, March 20th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 21st 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 21st 8:15 pm Show