Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

Jazz Binge 

The Oregon Piano Summit brings four pianists and 352 keys to The Oxford Hotel

Ben Darwish

Ben Moon

Ben Darwish

Rarely do two pianists share the same stage. Even rarer is a performance with three. And four? That’s bonkers.

Yet an ivory drubbing jazz concert featuring individual sets by four of Oregon’s premier piano artists is exactly what’s in store for Bend Dec. 27 and 28 at The Oxford Hotel. Instrumentalists Gordon Lee, Darrell Grant, Randy Porter and Ben Darwish—while all jazz musicians—aren’t necessarily cut from the same stylistic cloth. In fact, University of Oregon graduate and youngster Darwish is involved in a multitude of projects including an experimental R&B folk collaboration called Morning Ritual that has featured vocals from popular sister act, The Shook Twins. A striking difference when compared to the other jazz traditionalists who are a part of this show.

Yet an ivory drubbing jazz concert featuring individual sets by four of Oregon’s premier piano artists is exactly what’s in store for Bend Dec. 27 and 28 at The Oxford Hotel. Instrumentalists Gordon Lee, Darrell Grant, Randy Porter and Ben Darwish—while all jazz musicians—aren’t necessarily cut from the same stylistic cloth. In fact, University of Oregon graduate and youngster Darwish is involved in a multitude of projects including an experimental R&B folk collaboration called Morning Ritual that has featured vocals from popular sister act, The Shook Twins. A striking difference when compared to the other jazz traditionalists who are a part of this show.

Known for tightly packed jams, Grant contributes jive melodies to the quartet, while Porter’s rolling fingers engage in a sort of playing-hard-to-get dalliance with the piano. And Lee—the mastermind who glued these musicians together—swings in with everything from acid jazz compositions to be-bop harmonies; making for one eclectic lineup.

Event organizer Lee says that is just one element that makes this performance so special. Both days will also include raucous sets of traditional jazz songs with all four artists on stage at the same time; two per piano.

“The thing is,” explained Lee in an interview with the Source. “Because we’ll be playing standards we didn’t want to rehearse it too much. There will be a lot of spontaneity. I have no idea what will happen! We haven’t actually all four gotten together before.” Separately each artist is captivating; together this performance ought to carry a disclaimer for its brain-scrambling potential.

Jazz at The Oxford 8 pm. Friday, Dec. 27 5 pm. Saturday, Dec. 28 8:15 pm. Saturday, Dec. 28 The Oxford Hotel 10 NW Minnesota Ave. Tickets $45 at bendticket.com

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Source Weekly Newsletter

Fresh from the press: Get all our print stories, delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Next Stop, The Motet

    • Feb 13, 2019
    Lyle Divinsky shares how he went from playing in subways to Red Rocks More »
  • The Foundations Of Fox And Bones

    • Feb 13, 2019
    Scott Gilmore dives into the making of the characters that make up the duo's namesake More »
  • Life's A Trip

    • Feb 6, 2019
    How to accidentally find yourself in the music industry More »
  • More »

More by Ethan Maffey

Readers also liked…

  • A Musical Journey, With a Pitstop in Bend

    A Musical Journey, With a Pitstop in Bend

    The Avett Brothers continue to expand their style, while also maintaining that signature sound
    • Jul 19, 2017
  • Listen More

    Listen More

    Vanessa Silberman and Carissa Johnson are completely driven to rock
    • Jul 12, 2017

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation