The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents jazz quartet, Oregon, for two nights touring in support of their recent Grammy-nominated release 1000 Kilometers (August 2007). Band members include Ralph Towner (classical guitar, synthesizers, piano), Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, saxophones), Glen Moore (upright bass) and Mark Walker (drums and percussion). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30PM.
For over three decades Oregon has inspired audiences in renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna’s Mozartsaal; at international jazz clubs and major festivals such as Montreux, Pori, Berlin, Montreal, and Newport Jazz; and on tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Algeria, and Australia. Most recently, Oregon is touring in support of their release 1000 Kilometers (CAM Jazz), which received two Grammy nominations.Oregon began in 1960 at the University of Oregon with undergraduate students Ralph Towner and Glen Moore who formed a musical friendship on bass and piano inspired by Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro and later by Brazilian music. Moore earned a degree in history and literature and Towner completed his in composition, taking up guitar in the process.
In the mid 60’s, they both traveled to Europe. Towner studied classical guitar in Vienna with Karl Scheit; Moore studied classical bass in Copenhagen and sat in with such greats as Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon. By 1969, both were living in New York City, playing with a community of young musicians who formed the great fusion bands of the ‘70’s including Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
April 22 – 23, 2008
FROM: The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
Author: World Music Central News Department
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