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Big Band Bash at Clark College

The Clark College Jazz Ensemble hosts the 6th Annual Big Band Bash at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, in the Gaiser Student Center on the Clark College campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver.  The concert is free to the public.

“We’re excited to have the Clackamas Community College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lars Campbell, join us on stage this year,” says Richard Inouye, Clark’s Director of Bands. “And we’re also featuring the community group, VanPort Jazz. If you like the sounds of the Big Band era, you’ll love this concert.”

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.

Clark College offers an Associate in Music DTA/MRP degree with courses in music theory/ear training, instrumental and vocal performance training, and ensemble experience. Classes are designed to prepare the music major for advanced studies at a four-year institution while providing the non-major with the skills and background to fully enjoy music as a cultural pursuit. Ensembles on campus include three choral groups, orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensemble. Three tenured and several adjunct faculty, provide professional instruction to the 500+ students that pass through Beacock Music Hall each year.

Swingin’ at the Kiggins

Celebrate the 30s and the wonderful world of swing music at The Kiggins Theatre with live choreographed dancing, a 12-piece jazz orchestra, the close vocal harmonies of The Juleps, and the classic 1938 musical College Swing starring Bob Hope, Martha Raye and George Burns and Gracie Allen. Swingin’ at the Kiggins is expected to be so popular, it’s being presented on two consecutive nights: Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. This evening of fun, fashion, and high-energy dancing is the result of a partnership between The Kiggins, Most Everything Vintage, and Bru Pomade, which is launching a new product called Dapper Man. The event is, in part, an answer to the question, “Where can I go after I get all dressed up in my fabulous vintage clothes?”

The film will be preceded with live music performed by the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra and choreographed swing dance by Zef Aiden Wolf and Company. On Friday, there will be pre-show entertainment by The Juleps in The Marquee upstairs lounge. So come dressed in all your vintage finery and enjoy an evening (or two) of music, dance, and fashion. And here’s a bold idea for those who haven’t yet decided on a Mother’s Day gift: if the mom in your life loves to get dressed up and dance, this is a gift is a sweet, sweet deal.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45 p.m. Presale tickets are $15 or $18 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.kigginstheatre.net—and then, if you don’t already have that perfect swingin’ outfit, swing on by Most Everything Vintage at 815 Washington St. for a spectacular collection of dresses and menswear from that era. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/408721786178632/, where you’ll also find a list of places in downtown Vancouver to grab a bite and a cocktail before or after the show. To learn more about Bru Pomade, a line of men’s hair and beard products made in Vancouver by Garret and Becca Olmstead of Locksmythe Salon, visit www.brupom.com.

Re-Birthing the Cool: West Coast Bebop Jazz at Old Liberty

Swing it, brothers, swing! It’s a familiar sound—that West Coast-style, Big Band-era, 40s and 50s jazz—but it’ll be new again this Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. An 11-member ensemble will present “Re-Birthing the Cool: Bebop & Beyond” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This group of professional musicians and vocalists will be laying down captivating rhythms, re-birthing Bebop jazz with fast, complex tempos and upbeat melodies.

As if that weren’t marvelous enough, fine wine and delectable chocolate will be available for sipping and sampling in the theater lobby. This event is held in conjunction with Ridgefield’s First Saturday celebration, “Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival,” featuring art, music, food and activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. under a big, heated tent at Overlook Park.

The Old Liberty will open its doors at 6:45 p.m. All tickets to the jazz concert are $15. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield.

West Coast Bebop Jazz at Old Liberty

Swing it, brothers, swing! It’s a familiar sound—that West Coast-style, Big Band-era, 40s and 50s jazz—but it’ll be new again this Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield. An 11-member ensemble will present “Re-Birthing the Cool: Bebop & Beyond” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This group of professional musicians and vocalists will be laying down captivating rhythms, re-birthing Bebop jazz with fast, complex tempos and upbeat melodies.

As if that weren’t marvelous enough, fine wine and delectable chocolate will be available for sipping and sampling in the theater lobby. This event is held in conjunction with Ridgefield’s First Saturday celebration, “Wine & Chocolate Gratitude Festival,” featuring art, music, food and activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. under a big, heated tent at Overlook Park.

The Old Liberty will open its doors at 6:45 p.m. All tickets to the jazz concert are $15. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield.

Jazz at Angst Gallery

Whatcha doin’ Monday night, Aug. 1? If you’re a serious jazz fan, you’ll be at Angst Gallery to hear duo B., San Francisco’s masters of avant-garde “chamber jazz” and acoustic improv. The duo—featuring Jason Levis on drums and Lisa Mezzacapo on acoustic bass—will perform a set inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor, followed by a acoustic-poetic collaboration with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, with whom Levis worked closely when he and Luna attended the Naropa Institute. This appearance at Angst Gallery is part of the duo’s West Coast Summer 2016 Tour, ranging from Southern California to Seattle.

The concert will begin at 9 p.m. There’s a $7 suggested cover—and guests are encouraged to pop next door to the adjoining Niche Wine Bar for some delicious small plates and adult libations. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street, just north of the landmark Kiggins Theatre. For more information about this and other events at Angst Gallery, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Jazz at Angst

Whatcha doin’ Monday night, Aug. 1? If you’re a serious jazz fan, you’ll be at Angst Gallery to hear duo B., San Francisco’s masters of avant-garde “chamber jazz” and acoustic improv. The duo—featuring Jason Levis on drums and Lisa Mezzacapo on acoustic bass—will perform a set inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor, followed by a acoustic-poetic collaboration with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, with whom Levis worked closely when he and Luna attended the Naropa Institute. This appearance at Angst Gallery is part of the duo’s West Coast Summer 2016 Tour, ranging from Southern California to Seattle.

The concert will begin at 9 p.m. There’s a $7 suggested cover—and guests are encouraged to pop next door to the adjoining Niche Wine Bar for some delicious small plates and adult libations. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street, just north of the landmark Kiggins Theatre. For more information about this and other events at Angst Gallery, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Jazz for The Refuge

The Refuge is a local nonprofit program that provides housing for homeless high school students so they can graduate and continue on to better, brighter things. Go Connect—an organization that empowers social services and communities of faith to address poverty in uplifting and healthy ways—will present its first annual benefit concert for The Refuge from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Cascade Park Baptist Church.

The concert features jazz saxophonist Clark Bondy and his musicians playing a family-friendly mix of jazz music. There’s no cost to attend and dessert will be provided. Guests are welcome to donate to The Refuge at the concert. If you’d like to contribute but can’t attend the performance, click here. To RSVP for the concert and make sure there’s enough dessert for everyone, click here. For more information, contact David Bilby at 360-433-5179 or david@goconnect.org.

Five Guys at Burnt Bridge

Are your Tuesdays a little blah? Jazz things up a bit by visiting Burnt Bridge Cellars for its Tuesday Culture Club evenings. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, guests at the downtown Vancouver tasting room will hear (making a return appearance by popular demand) Five Guys Playing Jazz. Sip award-winning wine, nibble from a selection of small plates prepared by Class Cooking & Catering, and tap your toes to the syncopated rhythms of the only truly American art form. There won’t be a Culture Club on June 24, but do plan to visit on July 1, when the special guest will be author Kate Dyer-Seeley for a book signing and discussion of her most recent mystery novel, “Scene of the Climb.” (To learn more about the author and her book, read this post about the recent book launch party at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar.)

“Swing, Swing, Swing!” with Bravo! Vancouver

Guitar virtuoso and three-time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan takes center stage for the Bravo! Vancouver season finale, “Swing, Swing, Swing!” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. In the world of jazz, Jordan is considered to be an innovator and a progressive—from his signature “tapping” technique to the simultaneous playing of both guitar and piano, his performances are always electrifying. Jordan will be joined by the Bravo! Big Band in a musical tribute to the legends of jazz. This performance is an ideal way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bravo! Vancouver.

Tickets are $25 per person, available online here. The concert is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Camas High School Theater, 26900 S.E. 15th St. in Camas.

Jazz Fundraiser at Niche

Niche Wine and Art Bar is hosting a fundraiser for the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Jazz Combo program, to allow for travelling gigs and professional jazz musician guest teachers. As you enjoy the sweet cacaphony of live jazz, you'll also savor delicious small plates prepared by Niche staff and, of course, wine. Tickets are $50 per person, available by calling Niche at 360-980-8352. Niche Wine and Art Bar is a small venue with intimate seating, so tickets are limited to what the room can hold and early ticket-purchasing is recommended.

VSAA Jazz at Niche

It's often said that jazz is the only truly American art form. What better way to celebrate this art form than with a convivial evening at Niche Wine and Art Bar? This popular downtown Vancouver nightspot is hosting a fundraiser for the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The evening will raise funds for VSAA's Jazz Combo program, to allow for travelling gigs and professional jazz musician guest teachers.

As you enjoy the sweet cacaphony of live jazz, you'll also savor delicious small plates prepared by Niche staff and, of course, wine. Tickets are $50 per person, available by calling Niche at 360-980-8352. Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main St., is a small venue with intimate seating, so tickets are limited to what the room can hold and early ticket-purchasing is recommended.

King Louie Plays the Blues at K’Syrah

Here's a conundrum: why does listening to the blues make you feel so good? Add a swanky cocktail or two, and you've got the makings of perfectly delightful evening. Where, you ask, can one have such an evening in Clark County? At K'Syrah, of course!
 
K'Syrah Catering, Wine and Bistro (316 N. Dallas in downtown Camas) offers old-world-style dining with modern flair. The small plates are as delicious and sophisticated as the entrées, and although there's a list of sensational seasonal cocktails, wine is the main focus of this bistro. Choose from a Murphy’s Law Riesling, an Impuls Chardonnay, or a Mezzacorrona Pinot Gris, to name but a few whites. On the red side, you could have a Cottonwood Pinot, Sterling Meritage, or an Elsa Bianchi Malbec…and of course there's a McManic Syrah. If you'd like to purchase a bottle to take home, K'Syrah's on-site wine shop is conveniently open until 8:30 p.m.
 
We've covered the drinks; now for the blues: On Saturday, March 29, K'Syrah welcomes Louis "King Louie" Pain as its musical guest from 6:30 to about 8:30 p.m. Pain is a master of soulful and bittersweet tunes who's performed with such greats as Bruce Conte, Jules Broussard, Dorothy Morrison, Cornelius Bumpus. Paul deLay, Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Linda Hornbuckle, Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Dan Faehnle, and Dan Balmer. K'Syrah is usually filled to capacity whenever King Louie is in the house, so reservations are recommended by calling 360-833-9429.

“March Music Moderne” Jazz & Poetry

What goes best with jazz (besides wine)? Poetry, of course! During "March Music Moderne" at Niche Wine & Art Bar, you can have all three at once. You'll hear poetry from Clark County's first Poet Laureate, Christopher Luna, and the smooth sounds of jazz from local musicians Beth Carp, Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton. This is part of poetry journal Printed Matter Vancouver's Ghost Town Poetry series, which presents live poetry readings at open mic nights in locations around Vancouver. March Music Moderne is a Portland-based contemporary-classic music series and Niche Wine & Art Bar is its only North Bank venue. Niche Wine & Art Bar is also adjacent to one of Vancouver's edgiest art galleries, Angst Gallery, which will be open during the event.

March Music Moderne at Niche

What goes best with jazz (besides wine)? Poetry, of course! During "March Music Moderne" at Niche Wine & Art Bar, you can have all three at once. It's where all the cool cats will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. You'll hear poetry from Clark County's first Poet Laureate, Christopher Luna, and the smooth sounds of jazz from local musicians Beth Carp, Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton. This is part of poetry journal Printed Matter Vancouver's Ghost Town Poetry series, which presents live poetry readings at open mic nights in locations around Vancouver.
 
March Music Moderne ("Listening to the Here of the Now"—how hep is that slogan?) is a Portland-based contemporary-classic music series founded by self-styled "avant-impresario" Bob Priest, and Niche Wine & Art Bar is its only North Bank venue. So why drive across the river when you can get all your music-and-poetry needs met here? But wait, there's more: Niche Wine & Art Bar is immediately adjacent—and connected via an open door—to one of Vancouver's edgiest art galleries, Angst Gallery. The gallery will be open during the event, and happy listeners (and sippers) are invited to stroll next door and see original art by some of the North Bank's most provocative artists.
 
Niche Wine & Art Bar is located at 1013 Main St., just north of the Kiggins Theatre.
 

Jazz Night at Niche

February is the "Month of Jazz" at Niche Wine & Art Bar. This downtown hotspot is hosting young jazz musicians from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) each week in February. Student performances will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and jam sessions run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. There's a suggested cover charge of $5 per person, but it's not required.

Niche offers an ever-changing selection of appetizers and small plates, as well as a geographically wide-ranging wine list. Purchase wine by the half-glass for as little as $3 or $4, and sample several! For dessert, try one of their eight different ports, or perhaps a Semillon or a true French vermouth. A percentage of the proceeds from the evening's food and wine purchases will go directly to the VSAA Jazz Band Program.

Niche Wine & Art Bar is located just north of the Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery.

Jazzing It Up at Niche Wine & Art

February is the "Month of Jazz" at Niche Wine & Art Bar. This downtown hotspot is hosting young jazz musicians from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) each week in February. There are two jazz nights left: Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 28. Student performances will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and jam sessions run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. There's a suggested cover charge of $5 per person, but it's not required.

Niche offers an ever-changing selection of appetizers and small plates, as well as a geographically wide-ranging wine list. Purchase wine by the half-glass for as little as $3 or $4, and sample several! For dessert, try one of their eight different ports, or perhaps a Semillon or a true French vermouth. A percentage of the proceeds from the evening's food and wine purchases will go directly to the VSAA Jazz Band Program.

Niche Wine & Art Bar is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, just north of the Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery.