Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project presented another of its engaging events recently in the woodland setting of Ashland’s Old Siskiyou Barn. The stars of this colorful evening of vocal and piano jazz featured singer Nancy Harms and the  Jeremy Siskind Trio. In the world of music overflowing with songstresses, the unique talents of… Read More Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

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

Live Jazz: “Pearl of Django” at the Belle Fiore Winery

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. The immortal music of the great French Gypsy guitarist/composer Django Reinhardt was in the air Wednesday at a seemingly unlikely location – the Belle Fiore Winery. But it’s  second floor open air restaurant, with vistas of rolling vineyards in all directions, was the perfect setting for some classic Django jazz.… Read More Live Jazz: “Pearl of Django” at the Belle Fiore Winery

Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet

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

Live Jazz: The Hristo Vitchev Trio at Southern Oregon University

  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

Live Music: Pearl Django in a Siskiyou Music Project concert at Paschal Winery

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

Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Jazz in its purest form illuminated the stage in the performance by pianist Bill Mays and trumpeter Marvin Stamm at the Artistic Piano Gallery Sunday night. No drum set, no swinging big band horns, no funky fusion guitars. Only two gifted jazz veterans, applying their remarkable improvisational skills to an… Read More Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project

Live Music: Celebrating Frank Sinatra with Leslie Kendall & Friends at the 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

Live Jazz: The Jennifer Scott Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project performance 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.

Live Jazz: Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon

By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project is offering a continuing flow of high level talent in the final weeks of its Summer schedule. On SMP’s Sunday night event at the Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon, a packed house enthusiastically greeted the oddly titled but musically memorable jazz quintet Occidental Gypsy. In fact, the title… Read More Live Jazz: Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon