The Jazz Station (TJS) serves as the only non-profit jazz club in Oregon, and one of a handful in the nation. We host 200 shows featuring 500 musicians to over 8,000 audience-goers annually. From high school and university ensembles to professional regional/touring artists, we are foremost a community space to perform and hear live music.
We offer four music outreach programs - First Monday Night Big Band, One-Set-Wednesdays, Jammin with the Pros and TJS House Band Clinics.
Jammin' with the Pros expands the musical opportunities for all-age and community life-long learners, who are interested in developing performance skills, meeting other musicians, and receiving instruction. For K-12, college, and amateur musicians we provide an opportunity to play in front of a supportive audience with a professional sound system, stage lighting, and a baby grand piano.
The First Monday Night Big Band offers exciting evenings of acoustic large ensemble jazz, from Basie and Ellington classics to contemporary compositions often written or arranged by local performers and students. The Jazz Station Big Band is a unique opportunity for local professional and amateur musicians to play together, and for community audience members to enjoy music rarely performed and heard in a club setting.
College and high school students are provided an opportunity to showcase their talents in a one-hour gig in front of a supportive, welcoming audience – often their first performance as an ensemble leader on stage. Students learn how to contract, market and produce their own shows.
We inspire students to begin and/or further their music studies. Led by former UO Dir. of Jazz Studies, Steve Owen, along with jazz studies graduate students, we visit regional middle and high schools providing one-on-one and group instruction. In 2022, we engaged over 450 music students in an educational performance setting not available to them elsewhere.