Here at BendBroadband, we’re proud to sponsor the annual Jazz at the Oxford concert series, which brings world-class jazz musicians to Bend’s renowned Oxford Hotel for live performances throughout the winter, with most artists playing three shows over a couple of weekend nights.
The sixth season of Jazz at the Oxford is underway, with two weekends already done, and three more to go. Tonight and Saturday, Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection will bring the sound of New Orleans to town, with special guest vocalist Charmaine Neville. Tickets are getting very scarce, so grab ’em quick if you still can.
Jazz at the Oxford isn’t just about performance, though. It’s also about education. On Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Oxford’s jazz ballroom, local musicians and singers of all styles and abilities are welcome at a free workshop led by Houston and Neville. Houston has played with Dr. John and Harry Connick Jr. and was a member of Fats Domino’s band for 22 years. Neville is the daughter of Charles Neville of the famous Neville Brothers, and her own funky jazz band has been a fixture in New Orleans for a long, long time.
Did we mention this workshop is free? And two hours long? This is an incredible opportunity for area jazz students and musicians. Here’s a video made by The Bulletin almost exactly a year ago that will give you a sense for what the workshop is like:
One more free workshop is scheduled for this season of Jazz at the Oxford: March 19 with acclaimed pianist Darrell Grant.
As for the remaining evening concerts, Grant and his band will play the series March 18-19, and Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo will bring his orchestra (and his daughter Sheila E.) to Bend Feb. 12 for a special edition of the series to be held at the Tower Theatre. You can find more info about all of the above here.