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Joe Manis Trio featuring George Colligan & Jason Palmer – Sat, November 1, 8pm – 11pm

Joe ManisInnovative tenor saxophonist Joe Manis teams up with Portland-based master keyboardist George Colligan on organ and the great drummer Jason Palmer. Manis is touring in support of his recent release North By Northwest on SteepleChase LookOut Records.

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/joe-manis/suspect-north-by-northwest/s-hFzpg

ABOUT JOE MANIS

SteepleChase recording artist Joe Manis is quickly creating a strong presence in the Northwest jazz scene with the strength of his “intense, updated take on the glorious Rollins-‘Trane tradition.” (Willamette Week) Critics have called his playing “explosive,” saying “(Manis) makes Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ sound like something a young John Coltrane might have played”; and “fabulous… will thrill fans of Monk, Rollins.” Recent Joe Manis Trio appearances include Fat Cat NYC, the Portland Jazz Festival, the Shedd Institute’s jazz series, and the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. Manis is the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.

As a member of numerous ensembles, Manis has toured extensively, both in the U.S. and internationally. Manis has played with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, including a recent performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records; he has also performed with Wayne Newton, the Temptations, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, and with the Ken Schaphorst Big Band, among others.

As both a leader and a sideman, Manis has presented performances and jazz masterclasses at throughout the Northwest and the greater U.S. Manis received a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Additional studies were at the Eastman School of Music. He currently serves on the faculty of Umpqua Community College.

ABOUT GEORGE COLLIGAN

George Colligan is a jazz pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and band leader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. He has released 23 albums and appeared on over 100 as a sideman!

An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Ravi Coltrane, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions. Colligan is currently a member of Jack Dejohnette’s new Quintet. His 23rd and latest CD on the Steeplechase label is “The Facts.”

Colligan has toured, recorded and/or performed with a host of jazz greats, including: Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Dave Weckl, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Richard Bona,Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Miguel Zenon, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, Al Foster, Gunther Schuller, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Carl Allen, Michal Urbaniak, DJ Logic and Stefon Harris, among others. Colligan served on the faculty of the Juilliard Jazz Program and is now the Jazz Area Coordinator at Portland State University. Check out www.georgecolligan.com/live/

ABOUT JASON PALMER

Drummer Jason Palmer currently teaches at Portland Community College. Jason attended the University of Oregon, where he received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music. His performances include appearances at the Knitting Factory in New York, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Festival Calgary, and the Oregon Festival of American Music.

REVIEWS: “Manis has a big tenor sound, and an aggressive improvisational approach… (a) tough young tenor.”— George Colligan, www.jazztruth.blogspot.com

“Joe Manis: Killin’!”— All About Jazz “…he makes Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ sound like something a young John Coltrane might have played…”

— Willamette Week “Fresh and diverse… Manis led the Trio with a veteran’s touch.”— Oregon Music News “Fabulous… Will thrill fans of Monk, Rollins.”— Eugene Weekly “…intensity and sophistication in equal measure”— Distrito Jazz.com “…aggressive… intriguing… compelling…”

— DeTelegraaf “…standards with attitude. ”

— Jazz Society of Oregon’s “Jazzscene” “Superior musicianship…Quiet, complex and stimulating – a compelling mix for the jazz enthusiast.”— Eugene Daily News “…a sophisticated fast-punch of intricate and traditional boppy jazz sounds.”

— Saintcleveland.com “…seriously next-level musicianship.”— Salem Weekly

Jazz Station Trick or Treat! – Fri, October 31, 3pm – 6pm

The Jazz Station, an all-ages venue, is proud to join with other local merchants to make the Halloween festivities safe and enjoyable for our little friends. We’ll be providing goodies and playing some scary good jazz in the background from 3:00 to 6:00. Bring your little jazz fans (and others) for a welcoming treat!

“Haunted Heart” with Erica Jean, Lyn Burg & Kirstin Nusser – Thu, October 30, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Halloween spooks, ghosts, spells, and hauntings receive frequent poetic mention in classic Jazz lyrics. Tonite we present an evening of “Halloween Jazz?”

Vocalists Kirstin Nusser, Erica Jean, and Lyn Burg—lovely witches three—are joined by newsletter posts for Oct. 30th gig to Zach Dietz on piano, Michael Anderson on guitar, Hamilton Mays on bass, and Frank Craig on drums. Together they’ll stir the cauldron and brew an evening of spooky tunes that will have you spellbound and shakin’ your shoes.

Costumes welcome, admired and optional.

ABOUT KIRSTIN NUSSER

Kirstin Nusser has performed locally since 1993, and professionally since 1984. Before moving to Eugene she was vocalist for 3 years with the Portland Community College Big Band under the direction of Thara Memory, a 28-piece contemporary jazz ensemble that swung hard. She attended PCC’s Commercial Music program, and later enrolled in PSU’s Ethnomusicology program, studying improv with Andrew Hill.

In 1992, Kirstin traveled to Montreal to perform during the International Jazz Festival. Since moving to Eugene, she has performed with small groups and ensembles at The Jazz Station, private events, Green Room Revue, That Ain’t Love, local film soundtracks, voiceover work, and Actors Cabaret’s productions of “Les Miserables,” & “Once on This Island.” Her current projects include a 70s cover band heavily sprinkled with Joni Mitchell tunes, and several small Jazz combos. Kirstin is also researching and writing a one-woman show about the music & lyrical magic of Peggy Lee, entitled “After the Fever,” which she hopes to stage in 2015 at The Jazz Station. For more info & news about performances, visit www.kirstinnusser.com

ABOUT ERICA JEAN

Erica Jean is originally from Seattle, Washington where she completed her Bachelors of Dramatic Music Performance at Cornish College of the Arts. Some of her favorite roles have been; Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music; Evita in Evita; Merideth Parker in Bat Boy; and as Gertrude McFuzz in Seusical the Musical. Jean is adept at performing in many different vocal styles including; American opera, gospel, Broadway belt, legit musical theater, lyric soprano, dirty blues, and jazz. In 2009, she completed her master’s of arts in teaching and has spent the past three years teaching Literature and Composition at Thurston High School. Teaching leaves her summers free to coach singers privately and to develop her latest project, which combines teaching and singing, a lecture/concert on the contributions of Ethel Merman to the art of Broadway singing. The working title is: To Broadway, from Ethel: A Love Letter in Brass.

 

ABOUT LYN BURG

Lyn Burg has been performing in Eugene for over 20 years with the likes of Gus Russell, Mike Denny, and Barbara Dzuro, among others. She has performed with The Emerald City Jazz Kings, and was principal in several of OFAM’s summer musicals, as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls, and Irene in Crazy for You. Roles with Willamette Rep included Ruth in Blithe Spirit, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, and Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker. She has also performed at the Lord Leebrick Theatre, LCC, and UO, where she received her BA in Theatre Arts. She is also a much loved local Zumba instructor. Her debut vocal jazz CD, entitled “Good Morning Heartache,” was released in 2004.