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Idit Shner All-Star Quartet
Sat. Sept 20 • 8 pm

$8 ($6 members)

Idit Shner is an innovative, intriguing saxophonist who is currently a professor of saxophone in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Oregon’s School of Music.

Her dynamic quartet will perform an exciting mix of originals and jazz  standards, with the free spirit of exploration and unwavering grooves.  Joining Idit Shner will be Toby Koenigsberg on piano, Tyler Abbot on bass, and Ken Mastrogiovanni  on drums.

MORE ABOUT IDIT SHNER
An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Idit has played in many distinguished venues in the United States and abroad, including  The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York.

Currently Shner plays with her jazz quartet in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Her latest project involves nursery rhymes and ancient melodies from the Jewish liturgy performed in a jazz setting. In September 2008, her first jazz CD, titled TUESDAY’S BLUES, was released on OA2 Records. TUESDAY’S BLUES got great reviews from JazzTimes, All Music Guide, and Jazz Review. Jazz festival performances include the Diet Coke Woman in Jazz Festival (NY), Bellayre Festival (NY), and New-Trier Jazz Festival (IL).

During 2005-2006 Idit frequently played lead alto with Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Performing her own compositions in a jazz combo setting, she was selected to participate in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead.

As an avid classical saxophonist Idit has commissioned and recorded new music and performed solo recitals in the US and Israel. She recently released her first classical recording, FISSURES: 20th Century Music for saxophone and Harp with renowned harpist Yumiko Schlaffer. Idit has collaborated with Fireworks, Beta Collide and Third Angle (new music ensembles), and regularly performs with the Oregon Symphony. Other appearances include the Northwest Percussion Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the Oregon Bach Festival, and many North American Saxophone Alliance Conventions. During March 2006 she played in Israel as a featured soloist with a symphonic orchestra, and performed contemporary music at the national convention of the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the US. Her last solo recital in Israel was broadcast live on Voice of Music, a national public radio station.

Idit holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, a Masters degree in Music Education from University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Idit now teaches at the University of Oregon, as assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies.

ABOUT HER RECORDINGS:
http://originarts.com/oa2/artists/artist.php?Artist_ID=47.

Vibraphonist Thomas Mackay Quartet with Gerry Rempel
Fri. Sept. 19 • 8 pm

$6 ($4 members)

Too rarely can one hear the unique timbre of jazz vibraphone!

Join vibraphonist Thomas Mackay as he returns from Southern Oregon to perform with the popular guitarist Gerry Rempel, drummer Ken Sokolov and bassist Christian Gonzalez.

Mackay has performed across genres, having shared the stage as a mallet percussionist with jazz artists such as Clark Terry, David Valdez, and Rob Schepps, collaborated in the psychedelic genre of Martin Fierro (Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service), Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), Merle Saunders (Jerry Garcia Band) as well as the world-renowned 3 Leg Torso.

” Thomas owes an obvious debt to the great Bobby Hutcherson. With a clear tone, strong chops and good ideas he is also reminiscent of modern vibes masters Bryan Carrott and Joe Locke. A fine debut from a fellow Oregonian.”
— Rob Scheps, Saxophonist, New York City

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ABOUT THOMAS MACKAY
Thomas James Mackay was born in 1967 in Oakland, Nebraska, and began his musical studies at the age of five in piano and percussion. Mr. Mackay was mentored by Gordon Stout and Bill Molenhof, and studied jazz and classical percussion at The Birch Creek Music Academy, The University of North Dakota, and Casper College.

As a keyboardist and organist Mr. Mackay has performed and recorded with reggae legend and Studio One artist Norma Fraser. He has experience playing many other music styles from big band to piano bar, and funk to singer songwriter. Mr. Mackay as performed at The Hollywood Bowl, Northwest Folklife Festival, Winnepeg Jazz Festival, Medford Jazz Festival and countless club dates.

As an educator Mr. Mackay has been on the Faculty of Western Michigan College.  He has presented vibraphone and jazz improvisation.He has also presented private and group lessons on  drum set and orchestral percussion instruction to various public schools throughout the Midwest and Northwest.

Hand problems forced Thomas to take an eight-year hiatus from touring and recording.  In April 2012, after being diagnosed with celiac disease, he went “gluten-free” and three months later experienced a remarkable recovery. In June 2012, he formed “The Mackay Project,” an ensemble that features his original compositions and focuses on the modern side of jazz, blending groove-oriented tunes (break-beat, hip hop, reggae as well as straight ahead jazz).

In June 2013, Mackay released “Jackson,” his first CD in June 2013 (Hammondbeat Records).  In Fall 2013, he released “Here’s That Rainy Day” (Hammondbeat Records), a CD features jazz standards, in which Mackay departs from his usual four mallet style to concentrates on the two-mallet style of vibraphone greats like Milt Jackson.

The Larsen Sextet: Mingus, Miles & More
Thu, Sept. 18 • 7:30 pm

$8 ($6 members)

This concert will celebrate the jazz sextet and features compositions by Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and more. This talented ensemble will also present original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions from the great recordings of jazz greats.

David Larsen – leader, sax, composer
Devin Wright – sax
Dave Bender – Trumpet
Paul Safar – Piano
John Brand – Bass
Alistair Gardner – Drums