By Don Heckman Talent, Oregon. Last Sunday night, New York’s great seven string guitarist Howard Alden gave a stunning display of the too rarely heard instrument’s expressive jazz potential in a performance at the Paschal Winery. The first half of the performance, produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, began with a far ranging program of… Read More Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery
By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Adventurous music was in the air Sunday night at Medford’s Artistic Piano Gallery in another stirring musical offering from the Siskiyou Music Project. What made it “adventurous” and “stirring?” Start with the world class musical inventiveness of pianist Art Lande and the multi-instrumental versatility of woodwind artist Paul McCandless. Then… Read More Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet
by Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. Jazz is always at its best when the musicians play in a quiet improvisational setting. Which exactly describes Friday’s performance of the Hristo Vitchev Trio featuring guitarist Hristo, pianist Jasnam Daya Singh and tenor saxophonist Dann Zinn . The unadorned open space of the Southern University University band room… Read More Live Jazz: The Hristo Vitchev Trio at Southern Oregon University
By Allegra Heckman and Ityen Aznarez Talent, Oregon. Last week, at the Paschal Winery and Vineyard in Talent, Oregon, the quintet Pearl Django played an intimate 2 sets to a full house of appreciative patrons. The show was part of the Fall concert series produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, an institute that provides opportunities… Read More Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery
By Don Heckman The music of Frank Sinatra was in the air Saturday night in the amiable environs of the Paschal Winery. The music, that is, which Ol’ Blue Eyes vividly brought to life in his long career as an entertainment world icon. The music of the Great American Songbook. The performers celebrating the… Read More Live Music: Celebrating Frank Sinatra with Leslie Kendall & Friends at the Paschal Winery
By Don Heckman Talent, Oregon. Singer/pianist Jennifer Scott drove through the forest fire smoke in southern Oregon Sunday to perform a memorable evening of jazz versions of Great American Songbook classics – and a lot more. Her Trio included her husband, bassist Rene Worst, and guitarist Ed Dunsavage. As the creative director of the Siskiyou… Read More Live Jazz: The Jennifer Scott Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project performance at the Paschal Winery.
By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. I expected another memorable musical experience Saturday night when I looked at my schedule. And with good reason. For the past few weeks, I’ve heard and enjoyed a series of compelling evenings of music in concerts produced by the Siskiyou Music Project. Saturday’s performance by Jeremy Siskind and the Housewarming… Read More Live Music: Jeremy Siskind and The Housewarming Project at the Old Siskiyou Barn
By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. In a fast happening program Wednesday night, a full collection of jazz perspectives were showcased in an entertaining evening of music reaching from small groups to the Rogue Valley All-Star Big Band. Topping it off, there was the stellar presence of veteran, award-winning clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski and the briskly… Read More Live Jazz: Ken Peplowski and the Ed Dunsavage Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project Concert