UO Jazz Combos: OJE end of tour performance
April 27 • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm• $10
The Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE) is the premier large jazz ensemble at the University of Oregon. Under the direction of Steve Owen, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and its students have garnered 15 Downbeat Magazine awards as of late including a 2016 Graduate College Ensemble Outstanding Performance Award. Additionally, OJE has been selected the Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that they have participated over the past sixteen years. The OJE is a frequent performer at jazz festivals and educational conferences world-wide including the Vienne Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, La Spezia Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Oregon Music Educators Conference, the Northwest MENC Conference, Western International Band Conference, Kent-Meridian Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Seattle Jazz Experience as well as numerous other musical events in the Pacific Northwest. Featured with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in recent years have been a host of jazz’s established dignitaries and rising stars including: Ben Wendel, Jay Thomas, Jaleel Shaw, Marshall Gilkes, Clay Jenkins, Julian Lage, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Don Braden, James Moody, Renato Caranto, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Ron Miles, Dick Oatts, Jon Faddis, Rufus Reid, Billy Pierce, Conrad Herwig, Jim Snidero, David Scott, John Moak, Maria Schneider, Paul Mazzio, Mel Brown, David Pietro, Bobby Shew, Luis Bonilla, Shane Endsley, and Kaveh Rastegar.
UO Jazz Lab2
Stephen Grindel, director
UO JazzLab2 is the second of two auditioned big bands at the University of Oregon. Like the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, this group are comprised of student musicians of varying ages, disciplines (music majors and non-majors), and coming from in and out of Oregon. Each year, Jazz Lab2 tackles repertoire from the standard cannon of literature for big bands as well as new and challenging works by contemporary jazz composers and arrangers. This group is regularly featured on campus at annual fall, winter, and spring concerts and traditionally tours each spring with the other UO big bands and combos to perform at regional secondary schools and jazz festivals.