Torrey Newhart

Pianist, Educator and Composer

Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Eugene Composers Big Band @ The Jazz Station

Join the Eugene Composer's Big Band and Jessika Smith for another night of newly-composed music for large jazz ensemble!

The Eugene Composer’s Big Band is a unique project, providing an exciting musical experience for audiences and musicians alike.  The band features new music by local composers, and includes some of the finest musicians in the Eugene area.

Organized in the summer of 2013, the ECBB was the brainchild of director and composer Jessika Smith. Although similar groups have existed in Eugene, this particular band has been dedicated to performing new works by local musicians since August 2013.

ECBB continues a long tradition of live big band music, and provides a platform for local composers to have their music performed for a live audience.

Audiences get the exciting experience of hearing fresh new music, often performed live for the very first time.  Since most of the music is written by members of the band, audiences hear the music in a unique context they won't find anywhere else.  

 

Personnel:

Jessika Smith, Director

Steve Owen (sax)

Sam Reid (sax)

Jonathan Corona (sax)

Devin Wright (sax)

Tessa Welterlen (sax)

Alexis Garnica (trumpet)

Paul Krueger (trumpet)

Doug Doerfert (trumpet)

Dan Davey (trumpet)

Matt Hettwer (trombone)

Kellyn Haley (trombone)

Sam Dale (trombone)

Kenny Ross (trombone)

Kyle Smith (guitar)

Torrey Newhart (keys)

Garrett Baxter (bass)

Alistair Gardner (drums)

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Dec
15
9:00 PM21:00

A Holiday Party with the Steve Owen Quartet and Lisa Dae!

Steve Owen, saxophone
Torrey Newhart, piano
Todd Sickafoose, bass
Jason Palmer, drums

Steve Owen describes this special night:

LISA DAE has to be the best kept musical secret in the Northwest. An extraordinary jazz vocalist who (like Nancy King) is a musician’s musician.

At the urging of one of my most trusted jazz friends, I made the trek to Bend to hear Lisa Dae for the first time last January…she was the featured artist on Joe Rohrbacher’s “Jazz at Joe’s” concert series. It was an extraordinary evening of music. Lisa is fearless in her approach to music making. With a three octave + range, there is not a song or style that is out of her wheelhouse. Since that time, all I’ve been able to think about was finding a way to introduce Lisa to Eugene and get her booked at the Jazz Station.

This is the perfect opportunity to present Lisa’s musical talents to you. The holiday season brings with it such beautiful songs. And, in jazz there is a rich tradition of artists placing their own personal stamp on these songs…from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Diana Krall and Diane Reeves. Our evening of music will explore fanciful, soulful, and soaring interpretations of many holiday classics with a handful of our favorite jazz ballads and standards thrown in for good measure.

This is my holiday gift to Eugene! I hope you will join us

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Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Idit Shner - Booker Little and Eric Dolphy's "Far Cry"

This show is a recreation of Eric Dolphy/Booker Little's 1962 album, "Far Cry".

Idit played this show in Chicago on Nov 16 and now is bringing the same show to Eugene.

Idit Shner, alto sax, bass clarinet, flute; Charlie Porter, trumpet; Torrey Newhart, piano; Chris Higgins, bass and Jason Palmer, drums

Find out more about this group by clicking on the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Cry_(album)

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Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Carl Woideck: Remembering Charles Mingus

Bassist-composer-bandleader-pianist Charles Mingus was a man of many moods and emotions, and his wide-ranging music reflected his personality. His earliest influences included his mother's Holiness church and Duke Ellington. In the mid-1940s, the modern jazz of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie entered Mingus's musical sphere. If that wasn't enough, in the 1950s, Mingus's early Western classical music studies surfaced in a series of Third Stream recordings, and in 1960, he embraced the then-burgeoning Avant Garde movement. The rest of his career found him integrating all the styles that made Mingus Mingus. Among the classics to be performed at this multifaceted concert are "Better Get It In Your Soul", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Fables Of Faubus", and "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress (Then Blue Silk)".

Carl Woideck - Sx., Roger Woods - Sx., Sean Peterson - Bs., Kelsey Bleck - Dr. and Torrey Newhart - Pno.

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