Giants of Jazz and Blues: Benefit Concert for American Music Program
Woodwind virtuoso, Bennie Maupin, and acclaimed trumpet player, Terell
Stafford, will headline a concert to benefit the American Music Program—Dr.
Thara Memory’s youth jazz education program. The concert will be held on
Friday, September 5, 2014 at Portland’s Winningstad Theater. Maupin and
Stafford will be joined by numerous well known, Portland musicians, including
Rebecca Kilgore, Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Tahirah Memory, Stan Bock,
Renato Caranto, Nicole Glover, Dan Brewster, David Goldblatt, Errick Lewis,
Louis Pain and Peter Piazza complete the star studded program and will be
joined by American Music Program students and alumni.
The concert, a fundraiser for Memory’s award winning jazz education program,
showcases the masterful improvisations of Bennie Maupin and adventurous
lyricism of Terell Stafford to celebrate the music of the “Giants of Jazz and
Blues.” Joined by the vocal stylings of Kilgore, Stokes, Steele, and Memory, this
concert promises to be a fiery celebration of the music and a jazz lover’s treat.
The “Giants of Jazz and Blues” concert will be held on Friday, September 5 at
The Winningstad Theater in Portland. The doors open at 7:30 pm and the
concert begins at 8:00pm with tickets at three price levels: $55, $80 and $105 per person. All ages are welcome. Tickets available at: http://www.tickettomato.com.
American Music program students leave high school with advanced performance skills and a deep understanding of the jazz art form. This pre-professional training opens the door to social, cultural and global identification and allows students to experience a more meaningful connection between their lives, community, school and the world.
Because of their rigorous training, American Music Program students often
receive scholarships to attend the country’s top music colleges, such as The
Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New
School for Jazz, USC Thorton School of Music, and others.
The American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra is a nationally
recognized leader in educating 7th -12th grade students in American Art Music -
Jazz. The program’s goal is not only to perform the music of American culture
(including, but not limited to Ellington, Basie, Coltrane, Armstrong and Davis) but
also to imbue its finest qualities in the representative lives of the students, their
families and the community
performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band. Born in
Detroit, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute, and the
bass clarinet to his arsenal of woodwind instruments. Upon moving to New York
he freelanced with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Saunders, and Chick
Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver.
Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as
“one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend
McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player,
he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and
adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well-defined
musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his
predecessors while making his own inroad