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Jessika Smith Spokane, WA CD Release: Tricks Of Light

  • The Big Dipper 121 South Washington Street Spokane, WA, 99201 United States (map)

$10 tickets
Band leader and composer, Jessika Smith, is an educator and saxophonist residing in Eugene, Oregon. In March 2015 she recorded her debut album, Tricks of Light. The album is primarily new works for large jazz ensemble, with the exception of one original jazz arrangement and one original work for jazz quintet. The project is a culmination of her compositions since she moved from Spokane, WA to Eugene, Oregon in 2012 to study jazz arranging and composition at the University of Oregon.

The talented musicians who played on the album include friends from the University of Oregon, professionals from Eugene, and her mentors and teachers from Spokane, Washington and surrounding areas.

Tricks of Light will be officially released by PJCE records on December 18, 2015. In celebration of the release, Jessika and the band will be playing 3 release concerts in Washington and Oregon. For more information on the project and release parties, visit or

Band members on Tricks of Light:
Jessika Smith (Eugene, OR): composer, producer, alto and soprano saxophones
Mark Taylor (Seattle, WA): alto and soprano saxophones
Idit Shner (Eugene, OR): alto saxophone and flute
Steve Treseler (Seattle, WA): tenor saxophone and clarinet
Josh Hettwer (Eugene, OR): tenor saxophone
Vanessa Sielert (Moscow, ID): baritone saxophone
Justin Woodward (Eugene, OR): lead trumpet
Vern Sielert (Moscow, ID): trumpet
Paul Krueger (Eugene, OR): trumpet
Tony Glausi (Eugene, OR): trumpet and piano
Steve Sharp (Eugene, OR): trumpet
Dave Glenn (Walla Walla, WA): trombone
Jenny Kellogg (Spokane, WA): trombone
Joe Freuen (Eugene, OR): trombone
Bill Foster (Cheney, WA): bass trombone
Torrey Newhart (Eugene, OR): piano, electric keyboard, and melodica
Kyle Smith (Eugene, OR): guitar
Dusty Carlson (Eugene, OR): electric and acoustic bass
Sean Peterson (Eugene, OR): acoustic bass
Ken Mastrogiovanni (Eugene, OR): drum set
Adam Carlson (Eugene, OR): auxiliary percussion and videography

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