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This season, BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford will feature an incredible and diverse lineup of world-class artists performing in the intimacy of the OXFORD hotel. From October through March, the OXFORD hotel welcomes our most highly acclaimed lineup to date for six performances you don't want to miss. Scroll Down for artist bios and to see show dates and times.
Free Music Education Workshop - Saturday, January 18 beginning at 11:15am
Latin Bandleader & Pianist Arturo O'Farrill will host a free workshop Saturday, January 18, from 11:15-1:30 in our Minnesota conference room. The workshop is open to all music students and professional musicians. Registration is available in advance by contacting Georges Bouhey - click here to email Georges. Free parking is available at the public parking garage on Lave St., just off of Minnesota, in downtown Bend. See KTVZ's coverage of the October 26th Education Workshop with Javon Jackson.
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The 2013 -2014 Series Scheduled Performances
Oregon Piano Summit featuring Gordon Lee, Darrell Grant, Ben Darwish & Randy Porter
Piano virtuosos come together for exclusive showcase – a performance not to be missed
Backed by bassist Dave Captein and drummer Jason Palmer, these four virtuosos will play solo, duets, and all together – using special arrangements that are being orchestrated by Gordon Lee, a veteran pianist-composer-arranger and educator, who is best known for his work with the Mel Brown Septet. These performances promise to be especially innovative, and are being developed exclusively for BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford.
“Lee has been perhaps our finest jazz pianist for decades…not only in Oregon, but he’s pretty much the standard by which others are measured.” John Henry, Oregon Music News
Although native New Yorker Gordon Lee is best known for his jazz performances and compositions, he is active with many styles. He has composed a symphony, a string quartet, as well as numerous sonatas and small group jazz pieces and big band arrangements. He has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz and popular music, including Dewey Redman, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Bobby Hutcherson and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
“Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…” Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian
We are thrilled that Randy Porter will make his first appearance at BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford. Porter has played with several jazz giants, including Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer and Benny Golson, and has toured internationally with the Charles McPherson Quartet. He is also a consummate composer and arranger, has released several recordings and is involved in several jazz education projects, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Lewis & Clark College.
“Time, touch, taste, imagination, work ethic, a nefarious sense of humor and an all-round good hang – in regards to the chair, I think that pretty much covers it with Ben.” Gino Vannelli
“Do not forget about Portland’s jazz scene. And if you do, God save you, let Darwish teach you a lesson.”
Also making his debut at BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford is Ben Darwish, a young pianist who has quickly established a reputation in regional jazz circles as an incredible talent with a broad and imaginative repertoire. Darwish received a Bachelor of Music in 2007 from the University of Oregon, where he was awarded “Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Jazz Studies”. In 2008, Darwish received a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Big Band Performance. He was the winner of the 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his composition “Under The Bright Red Sky,” and most recently, the 2011 Individual Artist Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. Darwish experienced a rewarding stay as an artist-in-residency at Oregon’s Caldera Arts to compose new works and he has performed at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s internationally-recognized Time Based Art Festival two years in a row.
“This man is a communicator. His solos are like short stories, with the multifarious elements of music constantly in play to draw the listener in, and then sustaining that attention with fascinating narrative and thrilling climaxes.” Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Darrell Grant returns to BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford, following his headline appearance in 2011. He has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician. Darrell’s recordings have topped jazz charts, and he has appeared on major concert stages, including the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Monterey, Telluride and San Francisco Jazz Festivals. Grant teaches at Portland State University.
- Friday, December 27th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, December 28th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, December 28th 8:15 pm Show
Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Septet
Grammy winner, multiple-nominee & acclaimed pianist brings his entire NYC-based Latin group to Bend
“O’Farrill and his band sound at once precise and loose-fitting. There is brilliant ensemble playing and soloing and, most engaging, they also sound fearless.” The International Review of Music
Bringing an artist of the stature and accomplishment of Arturo O’Farrill and his band mates to BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford is a major coup.
O’Farrill’s groundbreaking septet follows in the footsteps of his father, legendary bandleader Chico, who began introducing Afro-Cuban rhythms to jazz in the 1940’s. A Grammy-winning pianist and composer in his own right, Arturo created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2002, leading to a PBS broadcast of the Septet’s performances at the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center, and regular gigs in residency at New York’s famed Birdland club.
Arturo, founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, was born in Mexico and raised in New York City, where he currently lives in Brooklyn. His Orchestra won a Grammy award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009, and is the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003. He was educated at the Manhattan School of Busic, Brooklyn College Conservatory and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Arturo played piano for the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983, and went on to become a solo performer with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Fredy Cole, Lewster Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. In December 2010, Arturo traveled with the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to their homeland to headline performances at the 26th edition of the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival. Arturo’s Orchestra has also performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival and several major festivals throughout the world. Mr. O’Farrill is a recognized composer and is a Steinway Artist.
Arturo’s performance in Bend will feature a Septet, consisting of musicians from Arturo’s New York City-based Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, including Jim Seeley on trumpet (has toured and recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, Lester Bowie, Maynard Ferguson), saxophonist Ivan Renta (from Puerto Rico; has performed on three Grammy recordings and performed with big stars like Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri); Jose Davila on trombone (has played with the Charles Mingus Big Band, Marc Anthony and the Ray Charles Orchestra); bassist Gregg August (performs with many luminaries, including Brooklyn Philharmonic, Paquito D’Rivra, Ornette Coleman); Vince Cherico on drums (has toured the globe with such stars as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gato Barbieri and Jon Faddis); and percussionist Tony Rosa (has performed with Joe Lovano, Pancho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria and the Chico O’Farrill Orchestra, the later the great Latin orchestra led by Arturo’s father). This night will be unforgettable.
- Friday, January 17th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, January 18th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, January 18th 8:15 pm Show
Mary Stallings Quartet with Mel Brown, Tony Pacini & Ed Bennett
“Perhaps the best jazz singer alive today....” New York Times
“Stallings sounds like Carmen McRae with some Dinah Washington sass thrown in.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Keeping with our tradition of bringing the country’s best jazz vocalists t0 BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford, we are thrilled that Mary Stallings will grace our stage. Stallings, a San Francisco native, grew up singing in the gospel choir of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, but by her teen years, she was singing in several Bay Area night clubs, performing with the likes of Ben Webster, Cal Tjader, Red Mitchell and Earl Hines.
Before graduating high school, Mary joined Louis Jordan’s Tympani Five, and went on to perform with Dizzie Gillespie at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival. She has shared the bill with such luminaries as Ella Fitzerald, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett, and also spent three years with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Mary has released several wonderful albums, with a large spectrum of her work released in recent times, from 1994’s I Waited For You (Concord Jazz) to 2005’s Remember Love.
Stallings has been backed by Portland’s Mel Brown several times before, so for her performances in Bend, he was specifically requested, along with the great pianist Tony Pacini and innovative bassist Ed Bennett. A special night is in store for those of you who appreciate great voices.
- Friday, February 21st 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, February 22nd 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, February 22nd 8:15 pm Show
Bruce Forman & Cow Bop
Internationally-celebrated jazz guitarist’s “western bebop” show will bring you to your feet
“I could listen to these guys for a hundred hours straight and not go to the bathroom once!” Paul Zarzyski
“Bravo! I have never attended a more inspiring performance…one of the most enjoyable bands ever.” Mandolin Maestro Evan Marshall
No one doubts that Bruce Forman is one of the great jazz guitarists in the world today, but his Cow Bop project might suggest we are bringing country music to a jazz series! Indeed, Cow Bop could be labeled as “Western swing.” It can also be labeled as “jazz.” In reality, this band represents the intersection of truly American music – “western bebop” would be the most accurate label.
To describe Cow Bop, you need to imagine a mix of swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, acoustic western sensibilities and tons of fun!
Forman’s music journey is unique and rather incredible. He originates from Texas, spent his early career in San Francisco and New York and then has taken to the road for most of his life. He is deeply immersed in American culture, such as Cow Bop’s “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66, but has also written original works like The Red Guitar, a jazz libretto, and founded JazzMasters Workshop, a national music-mentoring program.
For more than five decades, Bruce’s guitar style has played an important role on the international jazz scene. His numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and countless others. He is known for swinging bop-style phrasing and inventive harmonizations.
You will hear his work throughout Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby. Forman is also deeply committed to music education, as a longstanding member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program and in-residence at USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is also the author of several publications, including The Jazz Guitarists Handbook, a critically-acclaimed method book. As a writer, Bruce published a novel, Trust Me, in 2003, which portrays his personal odyssey through jazz, mysticism and human folly, bringing him rave reviews. As a band leader, Forman has released thirteen recordings, and numerous others as a sideman.
Cow Bop is one hot band, featuring Pinto Pammy on vocals, David Wise on horns (he can play two saxes at once!), Jake Reed on drums, Alex Frank on bass and, of course, jazz master Bruce Forman on guitar. Wear your cowboy boots and get ready to dance!
- Friday, March 14th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 15th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 15th 8:15 pm Show