June 23, 2016
Headliners include Yellowjackets, Ravi Coltrane, Benny Green, Tierney Sutton Band, Mel Brown Septet, King Louie’s Portland Blues Review & Alan Jones Sextet
Following the completion of a $10 million renovation, Riverhouse on the Deschutes hotel, in partnership with Executive Producer G2 Strategic, today announced they are launching a new jazz series, Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz. The new series will feature a combination of international touring and NW-based artists. There will be two shows on one weekend each month, from October 2016 through April 2017, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm.
Series Subscriptions go on sale at 9:00am on Thursday, June 23, via www.riverhouse.com/jazz. Single-show tickets will go on sale October 1. Series Subscribers will receive several benefits, including a $50 savings (off the single-show price), the ability to select reserved seats on-line and sit in the same seats for all shows, the first right to renew their seats for subsequent seasons, preferred parking, and a 10% discount at Riverhouse on the Deschutes’ new restaurant, Currents, and for dining during the shows, from October 2016-April 2017 (does not include alcoholic beverages).
Riverhouse on the Deschutes is Bend’s iconic hotel & convention center overlooking the picturesque Deschutes River. The property was acquired in 2015 by Vesta Hospitality, a hospitality investment and hotel management company based in Vancouver, Washington.
Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz is made possible due to the generous support of its sponsors and media partners, including Mt. Bachelor, Hughes Farms, GoodLife Brewing Company, Stoller Family Estate, KTVZ NewsChannel 21, The Source Weekly, and Michelle’s Piano Company.
Vesta Chairman & CEO Rick Takach:
“We are thrilled to partner with G2 Strategic to launch Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz. G2’s CEO, Marshall Glickman, brings deep experience and connections in the entertainment industry, and our management team is ready to provide a great customer experience. We see the series as an ideal platform to showcase our complete overhaul of Bend’s most iconic hotel, as well as our new Currents restaurant. In addition, we are really looking forward to partnering with Mt. Bachelor, who have stepped up to be our title sponsor – we will be working with them to develop a special jazz, ski and stay package that we are all very excited about.”
G2 Strategic CEO & Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz Executive Producer, Marshall Glickman:
“Skiing Bachelor during the day, and then taking in some of the best musicians in the world in an intimate jazz room…all in the same weekend…that is the perfect combination. When people speak of ‘Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz,’ my objective is for them to say ‘this is the best gig in town.’
Mt. Bachelor President & General Manager, John McLeod
“Getting behind Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz is a unique way for us to communicate our commitment to the community, and to enrich the apres-ski experience for our local and out-of-town guests. With so many great music and cultural events happening in the summer, we like the idea of supporting a series that runs during our prime time ski season.”
Legendary Portland Drummer, Mel Brown:
“Marshall has put Bend, Oregon on the national jazz map. It is a pleasure for us to play for an enthusiastic and appreciative audience – we can’t wait to come back to Bend in October.”
Lineup & Dates
October 28-29: Mel Brown Septet
The Godfather of Portland’s jazz scene is back in Bend
“If one had to choose a single musician to represent the history of jazz in Portland, it would be drummer and bandleader Mel Brown, a master of the hard bop style, as well as straight-ahead bebop and soul.” (Oregon Encyclopedia)
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6lbyIXFsnw
November 18-19: Benny Green Trio
#6 on the list of the 50 Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All-Time (Gene Rizzo)
“Benny Green is part of the Mt. Olympus of piano jazz…of jazz itself” (Jazz Hot) http://bennygreenmusic.com
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNaSRK_MJ0I
December 23-24: Alan Jones Sextet…featuring Nicole Glover
Intense…innovative…surprising group from Portland, featuring one of the hottest up and coming saxophone players in the country
“Jones is one of those rare percussionists who is also a musician” (Jazz Times) “Nicole is a precocious talent who never ceases to surprise me with her musicality” (George Colligan) http://www.alanjonesmusic.com
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkft7TS476g
January 13-14: Tierney Sutton Band
7-time Grammy nominee; one of the world’s most talked-about jazz artists
“A honey of a voice with a touch of Ella” (Boston Globe) http://www.tierneysutton.com
Watch and listen here (from the Blue Note, Milan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAd9nvtHxBA
And from her album, After Blue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVcV76cqXUE
February 17-18: Yellowjackets
Influential multi-Grammy jazz fusion group blend straight-ahead grooves and flowing bop lines with funk and R & B… Yellowjackets sound like no one but themselves.
“Their music is so admired that it is used in composition classes at places like Berklee (College of Music)…these guys play off each other with the sense of old friends who finish each other’s sentences” (The Arts Fuse) http://www.yellowjackets.com
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLjZUCtZpSk
March 17-18: King Louie’s Portland Blues Review…featuring Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele & Lisa Mann
A funky good time combines legendary NW talents in a special revue assembled solely for Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz
“As heavy as Memphis soul’s impact has been, don’t forget how flat-out good the music was. The (Portland Blues Review) will remind you” (The Oregonian) “Soul singer Andy Stokes sings Marvin Gaye as good as Marvin himself” (Marshall Glickman)
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlfVZheUeVg
April 14-15: Ravi Coltrane Quintet
Acclaimed multi-saxophonist, influenced by but set apart from his father’s legacy
“Ravi Coltrane is an inventive and melodic improviser who has tempered his father’s headlong rush into a controlled contemporary aesthetic…” (Financial Times) http://www.ravicoltrane.com
Watch and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQkZiLnx1-k
- Doors 6:15.
- Student combos 6:30-7:15.
- Headliner 7:30-10:00 (two one-hour sets).
- All ages.
- Series Subscriptions go on sale Thursday, June 23 at 9:00am, available on-line via www.riverhouse.com/jazz.
- Series Subscriptions include the following benefits:
- $50 savings below the cost of single-show tickets.
- Select reserved seats on-line.
- Select the show you want to attend each weekend.
- Right to renew same seats every year.
- Preferred parking immediately adjacent to Currents entrance.
- 10% discount on all food & beverage (does not include alcoholic beverages) at Currents, including during jazz performances, from October 2016 – April 2017.
- Single-show tickets go on sale October 1.
- Oregon’s most talented student combos from Portland’s Alan Jones Academy of Music and Bend’s Georges Bouhey (and one group of Bend pros) will open all Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz performances.
- Food & Beverage options:
- Pre-show dinner reservations at Currents (www.currentsbend.com).
- Special jazz menu during all performances.
- Full dinner menu available during all performances.
- 16 handcrafted beers on tap, featuring Good Life Brewing.
- NW regional wines, featuring Stoller Family Estate.
- Signature cocktails; NW menu; local ingredients.