It's our 5th Anniversary!
It's our 5th Anniversary!
Thank you for making BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford a roaring success!
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. Scroll down for the line up, their bios and show dates and times.
Series Pass Renewal Tickets on sale now!
Only last year's series pass holders may purchase at this time!
Last year's pass holders must renew by Sept 16th to guarantee same seating.
$276.25 per person, plus processing fee
Because you were a series subscriber last year, you have the opportunity to renew your series pass by Tuesday, September 16th, before tickets go on sale to the general public on the 24th. If you order by the deadline:
- You may reserve the same seats you had last season.
- You may relocate to other seats that are available.
- You may increase the number of series tickets and keep your seats together (this may require relocation).
- You will receive a 15% discount below the cost of single-show tickets, saving $48.75 for each series ticket you purchase (series passes cost $276.25 vs. $325.00 if you purchase single-show tickets for all seven shows).
- After the September 16th renewal deadline, you may still purchase series passes; however, we cannot guarantee that "your" seats will still be available, and the discount will drop to 10% below the single-show price.
Series pass customers enjoy fantastic benefits:
- Purchase by September 16th, and save $48.75 off single ticket prices!
- Advanced ticket selection - renew same seats as last year or make a change.
- Choose the best show time for you!
- Reserved seating, up to 10 min prior to show time.
- 15% off all food & beverages at 10below Restaurant, including during Jazz performances.10/01/14 - 03/31/15 excluding alcoholic beverages
- 15% off rooms at the OXFORD hotel, 10/01/14 - 03/31/15, subject to availability - restrictions apply
- Complimentary Valet Parking for the evening of the show you are attending
- Fully transferable - share with a friend!
$276.25 per person, plus processing fee
The 2014-2015 BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford series is brought to you by:
2014 - 2015 Series Line Up
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 BioLaRhonda Steele, Vocals
“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
- Saturday, October 25th 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, October 25th 8:15 pm Show
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)
Karen has an eclectic background across a broad range of genres, including orchestral, Gospel, R&B, Latin, new age, rock, hip hop and jazz. She has been featured on hundreds of recordings, including four solo projects. Karen has performed with the likes of Yanni, Stanley Clarke and Chaka Kahn. With Yanni’s string band, she has often been referred to as “the lady in red,” where her fiery violin solos have been seen by millions of people internationally. Karen is an artist-in-residence at Berklee College of Music and The Kennedy Center.
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 Pott with Phil Baker (Pink Martini) & Mel Brown
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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 Strait
- Friday, March 20th 8:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 21st 5:00 pm Show
- Saturday, March 21st 8:15 pm Show