124 W. Broadway Eugene Or.
Three top alto players in the state pay their respects to the innovative saxophonist Charlie Parker, the “Bird,” in fluent bebop.
Idit Shner, Roger Woods, Jesse Cloninger are backed by Torrey Newhart on piano, Lyle Hopkins on bass and Ken Mastrogiovanni on drums.
Nobody who loves jazz and digs Bird should be anywhere else this night!
This free concert is presented in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. Pianist Alex Parthemer is a new face at the Jazz Station, and will perform jazz standards.
Guitarist Kyle Smith and his group bring a modern sound and a creative approach to playing jazz. Rooted in the jazz tradition, they draw upon a wide range of musical influences and styles to create a truly unique experience for the audience. Come out for an exciting night of jazz standards, funky originals, and the music of Pat Metheny and John Scofield. For this event, Kyle will be joined by former UO graduate and current Portland resident Ben Hampton on drums and current masters student Andrew Jepson on bass.
KYLE SMITH is a Guitarist and Educator living in Eugene, Oregon. He performs regularly with the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and other groups around the Spokane area.
Kyle began playing guitar at age 7, and at 13 began playing in local jazz and swing groups. At that time he also began his studies with local Jazz guitar legend John LaChappelle. Kyle began leading his own jazz small group, and teaching private lessons at age 16.
In 2003, Kyle moved to Cheney, WA to begin his music studies at Eastern Washington University, where he received his music degree in 2008, and a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy in 2010. During that time he performed and recorded with the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and the Eastern Washington University Jazz Ensemble. In 2012, he moved to Eugene, Oregon where he maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule.
Kyle performs regularly around the Northwest in a variety of settings. As a member of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, he performed with jazz greats Nnenna Freelon and Dianne Schuur. With the Bob Curnow Big Band, he performed regularly with great musicians from the Spokane area. During his time at Eastern Washington University, Kyle performed with Bill Mollenhof, Dave Pietro, Andy Martin, Reggie Thomas, Rich Perry, and others.