Jazz Series Continues on Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) – Friday evenings in Newport will keep their jazz flavor throughout September and the Oregon coast's glorious second summer, with more performances at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
It's called the Summer Jazz Series, but it keeps going throughout September. The concerts are held on Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Originally designed as an introduction to the Jazz at Newport jazz party on October 2-4, the informal jazz evenings happen in the lobby of the PAC, and featuring local and regional artists.
Tickets are only $7 and available at the Performing Arts Center on the day of the performance.
“The popular series highlights the wealth of musical talent available in this area and the affordable ticket price is intended to encourage students, visitors and coastal residents to come out and listen to some great music,” said publicist Claire Little.
Food and beverage service is provided by Quimby’s Restaurant in Newport. Chef and owner Mike Downey has selected the coastal fare to complement the summer evenings.
This coming Friday, September 4, features the Andre St James Trio.
September 11 is a performance by the Jim Cameron Trio.
September 18 sees Uneven Surface perform.
The finale, on September 25, features local jazz band Perpetua.
Bassist Andre St. James is a cornerstone of the rich, thriving Pacific Northwest jazz scene and has worked with an astonishing who’s who of modern jazz including giants like Sonny Rollins, the Harold Land-Blue Mitchell Quintet, Andrew Hill trio and large bands, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Rouse, Pharoah Sanders, James Moody, Alan Shorter, Nancy King, and George Cables. Jazz lovers will remember Andre’s performances at the Jazz at Newport festival in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Andre is joined by Frank Tribble on guitar and Nick Saume on percussion for an evening of jazz in traditional and innovative styles. Frank Tribble spent 34 years in Des Moines, playing with a who's who of the jazz community including other Jazz Hall of Fame honorees like Joanne Jackson, Scott Smith, Rose Marie Webster, Stu Calhoon, Julius Brooks, Jim Eklof and Bobby Dawson. Frank plays in the Wes Montgomery style and moved to Portland in 2003.
Nick Saume was born in New York and has played and studied in San Francisco, Hawaii and South America before moving to Portland in 1990. In New York he worked through the Famous agency and shared the stage with many well known large bands and artists such as the Shirelles. Nick has worked with Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Hendrix and the Pickle Family Circus.
Formed in 2006, the Andre St James Trio primarily focuses on straight ahead jazz with a little rhythm and blues and Latin jazz thrown in for good measure. The Trio performs well-known hits in their own unique jazz style.The Performing Arts Center is at 777 SW Olive, Newport. For additional information, call Claire Little at 265-2100 or visit www.justjazzoregon.com
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