BEND, Ore. - BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford announced Wednesday that they are launching a series of free educational music workshops, led by several world-class jazz musicians, targeted to Central Oregon music students.
"For young music students in our region, this is an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world," said BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford Executive Producer Marshall Glickman.
"All of us involved with Jazz at the Oxford felt strongly that we should give back to the community; thanks to our sponsors, all of whom provided additional funding so these workshops could be free, this is an ideal opportunity for music students throughout the region. We expect over 100 students at our first workshop with Karrin Allyson on January 19."
The Saturday workshops will be held on the following dates:
- January 19 Singer/Pianist Karrin Allyson, Summit High
- February 23 Drummer Mel Brown, Summit High
- March 16 Saxophonist Tom Scott, Mt. View High
All workshops will run from 11:15am to 1:30pm, and take place at the schools' main auditorium.
Invitations to attend the first workshop have been sent out to band and choir directors at all regional public and private middle schools, high schools and Central Oregon Community College.
"Having world class performers work directly with our local students is an amazing opportunity" said Michael Gesme, Conductor of the Central Oregon Symphony and Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College. "The workshop format, which is much like a public ‘private lesson,' is designed so that other students and their instructors can watch a master performer in action as a teacher, learning new techniques, gaining insights for performance, and procuring innovative teaching strategies. We are very grateful to the people behind Jazz at the Oxford for making this happen. I encourage all students with an interest in jazz,regardless of instrument or voice, to attend the Jazz at the Oxford Music Education Workshops."
The workshops are being facilitated by one of Central Oregon's finest musicians, Georges Bouhey, together with local resident and jazz aficionado Carlos Cardosa. Bouhey is a respected music educator who also performs jazz regularly with several local ensembles, including "JazzBros!" and "The Cosmopolitans".
Bouhey, with input from the artist, has put together a comprehensive format for each workshop, which shall include performance by selected musicians and choirs. At the first workshop on January 19, the Summit High Vocal Choir will perform Somewhere Over The Rainbow for Ms. Allyson, followed by critique and discussion.
For more information about the workshops, please contact Georges Bouhey at 541-771-8916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford
BendBroadband's Jazz at the Oxford is a monthly series of jazz weekends held annually from October-March at The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon, in an intimate "jazz club" setting. Jazz at the Oxford was launched in 2010. By March 2013, the series will have staged 23 weekends with world-class musicians, including Jeff Lorber, Curtis Salgado, Diane Schuur, Karrin Allyson (performing in January, 2013), Mel Brown, Tom Grant, Jeremy Pelt, Bobby Watson and Tom Scott (performing in March, 2013). Each weekend features three shows. To-date, ticket sales have resulted in 100% sellout of every show. The series is supported by Bend Broadband, KBNZ, The Source Weekly, Douglas Fine Jewelry Design, Central Oregon Radiology and US Bank.
About Oxford Hotel Group
The Oxford Hotel is owned and operated by Oxford Hotel Group, a Bend-based family-owned hotelier that currently manages a portfolio of 17 properties throughout the West under the Oxford Suites, Oxford Inns, Cimarron Inn and Oxford Hotel brands. Oxford Hotel Group has been in the hospitality business since 1955 and opened its first Oxford Suites property in 1989. Today, Oxford Hotel Group properties can be found in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. For more information, visit www.oxfordhotelgroup.com.
About G2 Strategic
G2 Strategic, LLC provides global sports business solutions, as well as orchestrates the development of major sports and entertainment venues throughout the world. G2 was launched in June 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts and is now based in Bend, Oregon. G2 has served a range of clients, including leagues, clubs, federations, architects, food service companies, contractors and private equity firms. G2's CEO, Marshall Glickman, is the former President of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon Arena Corporation, and is the former chairman & CEO of Portland Family Entertainment, a company he founded to renovate Portland's historic Civic Stadium (now Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers). Mr. Glickman has orchestrated several major arena and stadium developments, including the Moscow Sports & Entertainment Project, the Rose Quarter (Portland), PGE Park (Portland), American Airlines Arena (Miami), Arena Lyon-Villeurbanne (France) and Roland-Garros (Paris). G2's client have included Euroleague Basketball, the French Tennis Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals, the Crook County Community Foundation and several others. For more information, visit www.g2strategic.net.