CELEBRATING SINATRA ~ Leslie Kendall & Friends

Leslie Kendall, Dmitri Matheny, Ed Dunsavage, Joe Cohoon, Chicken Hirsh & Tony Hayes.

A soulful, swinging centennial salute to the life and music of a beloved American Icon
Saturday, August 22 • 7 pm
Jazz In The Vineyard, Paschal Winery, Talent
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
SOLD OUT! Please email us at mail@siskiyoumusicproject.com to be on the wait list.

Siskiyou Music Project’s last show for the summer series is a very special salute to The Chairman of The Board, Frank Sinatra.

Celebrating Sinatra in the centennial year of his birth, we will delve into the Sinatra Songbook from the first 2 decades. This special show features vocalist Leslie Kendall with the Ed Dunsavage Trio featuring Chicken Hirsh and Joe Cohoon and special guests Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn and introducing Tony Hayes on tenor sax and vocals. The performance will include Sinatra favorites such as Come Fly With Me, In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning, One For My Baby and many others.

Seating is limited and will sell out fast so reserve early!

Jennifer Scott Trio with Rene Worst & Ed Dunsavage

Sunday, August 2 ~ 7 pm
Jazz at the Vineyard
Paschal Winery (1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, OR)
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
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Siskiyou Music Project welcomes back two of Western Canada’s finest jazz musicians, Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst. They will be joined by guitarist Ed Dunsavage for this performance.

Considered the finest Jazz Vocal Improviser in Canada by her peers, her fans and by the musicians who work with her, Jennifer Scott is an important Jazz Voice. She has sung with such Jazz Greats as: Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn and Kenny Wheeler to name a few. She has been nominated for Juno and Jessie Awards with ‘Mythos’ and theatre production ‘War of the Worlds.’

Jennifer Scott has performed to sold out crowds from San Diego to Vancouver to Whitehorse on the West Coast of Canada and has begun a major foray onto the world stage including performances in Amsterdam, Milan and Rome.

Recent lauded performances have included Main Stage shows at the 2009 Vancouver Island Music Fest sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Jane Bunnett and Jerry Douglas. She received a lengthy standing ovation reception for her duo set with bassist Rene Worst at the same festival.

Jennifer was also featured at Stanford University performing at the Miles Davis tribute concert for their Concert series in tandem with The Jazz Museum in Harlem. More recent studio work has seen her align her vocal talents with the piano brilliance of Miles Black in the CD release Storybook. She has just completed a tour of the Western States and Canada and was named Pick Of The Week by the L.A. Times where she was quoted as having: “… a velvet tone & superb phrasing.”

From a recent review by noted Jazz journalist Andy Gilbert (Jazz Times):

“Scott has set herself apart from the jazz-vocalist pack with her mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes … With her warm, flexible contralto, Scott brings a striking emotional intelligence to everything she sings, no matter what the context. As much a song stylist as an improviser, she puts her stamp on material through her supple sense of swing and deft, slippery phrasing.”

Occidental Gypsy ~ SOLD OUT

Sunday, June 14 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Jazz In The Vineyard, Paschal Winery (1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, OR)
Tickets $25/$20 for Siskiyou Music Project Members, $10 for students.
SOLD OUT! Call or email to be on the wait list

Siskiyou Music Project welcomes back Occidental Gypsy from Rhode Island. Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of World Gypsy music. Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

Occidental Gypsy’s sound is appealing to a wide spectrum of people, and their shows consistently attract enthusiastic audiences at colleges, arts centers, festivals and clubs. Their fans include musicians who enjoy the sophisticated compositions and masterful play, yet most folks just come to enjoy the music and dance. The band has found a unique beat and bestows a dynamic mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces– and a few memorable standards– in fun, exhilarating performances. Occidental Gypsy’s music cannot be easily classified; a bit of jazz, a catchy strain of pop, and “a whole lotta gypsified swing…”

Occidental Gypsy has played in over 22 states including shows at the legendary Nighttown in Cleveland, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and Blue Wisp in Cincinnati. Occidental Gypsy has shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, who also said about the band, “these guys have great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, and high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

An Occidental Gypsy performance includes so much more than just music. Jon, Eli, Brett, Jeff, and Erick are incredibly energetic and charming entertainers who interact with fans on a personal level, and incorporate audience participation into every show. On stage, the dialog between band members is entertaining, to the delight of the audience. Perhaps this is why the Boston Globe recommends an Occidental Gypsy show as a “Weekend Best Bet.”

When Occidental Gypsy decided to gypsify Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the band’s debut album. “Over Here,” released in 2011, they were quick to garner critical acclaim, and have continued to gather rave reviews and full houses during active touring. Motif Magazine wrote, “Listeners will surely be all in with Occidental Gypsy’s Over Here,” and defined the band as “a terrific and unpretentious fab four.”

Occidental Gypsy was originally formed by brothers Brett (lead guitar) and Jeff Feldman(bassist) as a straight-ahead Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Through the release of Over Here and the addition of new members, the band has taken on a far more diverse, sophisticated, and eclectic sound. The group is fronted by Berklee-trained Jonathan Hurley, and takes the audience to soaring heights by young prodigy violinist Eli Bishop and percussionist Erick Cifuentes. The band also occasionally taps international talents to join the band on stage like Yuki Nakajima and Jason Anick of the John Jorgenson Quintet.

Live, the band compliments original material with expertly arranged ‘gypsified’ covers. Occidental Gypsy’s unique approach to world, pop, jazz and dance music stems from the influence of Gypsy Swing founders, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.The members of the group posses a deep knowledge and reverence for the Gypsy style and feel honored to bring their music to the ears of new audiences. And now, with an ever-growing list of performances, and presence online through website and social networking pages, Occidental Gypsy’s fan base is constantly expanding.

Featured violinist Eli Bishop began his musical studies with the violin at the age of three. Over the years he continued his musical education at the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music in Nashville and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His studies of various musical styles–including Classical, Western Swing, Rock, Country, and Jazz– provided him with the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of musical artists ranging from Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers, to the Wooten brothers, Bill Evans of the Miles Davis Groupand Wynton Marsalis. Within the band, Eli showcases his eclectic and masterful technique that has brought him ’round the world with the greats.

The name Occidental Gypsy (Western gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy World fusion. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it Over Here to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.

Jeremy Siskind & The Housewarming Project

Saturday June 6 • 7 pm
Music In The Mountains • The Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
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Siskiyou Music Project welcomes The Housewarming Project, a jazz trio that moves with the grace of a chamber ensemble and sings with the soul of the singer-songwriter movement to the Old Siskiyou Barn on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. for our first show of the summer concert series.
The group is led by award-winning pianist Jeremy Siskind, who – armed with a Master’s in English Literature from Columbia University – began writing music and lyrics inspired by poets like Jorge Luis Borges, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott. His first collection of songs, which deal with love and loss, horror and heartbreak, are movingly delivered by vocalist Nancy Harms and colored by woodwind master Lucas Pino on the 2012 release, Finger-Songwriter (BJUR).

Finger-Songwriter was hailed in ecstatic terms as “one of the most remarkable recordings I’ve heard in a very long time” (MinnPost), “One of the best albums I’ve heard all year” (emusic.com), “the most exciting musical project I’ve heard in a long time” (Jazz Police), and “winsome…literate and spry” (The New York Times). Emusic.com placed it in its top 100 albums of the year (of any genre), and independent blog birdistheworm.com named the CD the fifth best jazz disc of 2012.

With Siskind in the lead, the band started touring in 2012, primarily performing in-home concerts. From the summer of 2012 to 2014, the band played nearly 70 in-home concerts in 18 states, making new friends and converting unsuspecting audiences into jazz fans. The music is ideal for in-home sharing – as Harms ushers a listener into the world of a piece with her innate story-telling abilities, Pino colors the music with whispering tenor work, mournful clarinet, and murmuring bass clarinet, and Siskind sonically rounds out the music with sparkling, Debussian harmony.

By 2013, Siskind’s songs caught the attention of some great jazz singers and vocalists Kendra Shank, Peter Eldridge, and Kurt Elling joined the original group in the studio to record Housewarming, an album that features nine new Siskind songs as well as four covers. Themes of domesticity reverberate throughout the album, which reflects on what it means to have a place where you belong. Housewarming will be released February 24th on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.

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“Siskind’s piano sparkles, Pino’s growling bass clarinet and its repeated ascending figure are almost comical, and Harms is wry and saucy. It’s a turn-that-frown-upside-down finish to an album that starts out dark and gets darker, plumbs the depths of heartbreak, touches on numbness and despair, and delivers a happy ending. Bravos all around.” – Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

“There is a classic intimacy to the piano, sax, vocals of the Jeremy Siskind’s Finger-Songwriter. Siskind’s piano is a mix of elegance and storyteller charm.” – Dave Sumner, emusic.com

“Siskind’s new project… seems to defy all boundaries while remaining totally accessible, totally engaging.” – Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

“Siskind’s piano executes every song flawlessly. But what is most appealing here is his use of the piano as a means of invocation…It is sophisticated, and pregnant with meaning, and never once degenerates into mere musical wallpaper.” – Dawoud Kringle, Doobeedoobeedoo.info

“It’s a chamberlike jazz-vocal effort, literate and spry, and it seems designed for intimate engagements.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times