WEEKEND: Dungeness Schoolhouse to host jazz today (Friday)

Peninsula Daily News

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, July 25.

SEQUIM –– The third annual Jazz at the Schoolhouse will feature special guest vocalist Elinore O’Connell at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Tickets at the door of the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road at Marine Drive, are $20, or $5 for students. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will go to scholarships for the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive for Teens.

Accompanying O’Connell will be Craig Buhler on saxophone, clarinet and flute; Linda Dowdell on piano; Ted Enderle on bass; and Terry Smith on drums.

Broadway veteran

When O’Connell, a Broadway veteran and jazz vocalist, first agreed to travel from New York City to Sequim to teach at Olympic Music School’s Musical Theatre Intensive for Teens in 2012, she didn’t realize she’d be establishing a tradition that involved a jazz concert at the historic Dungeness Schoolhouse as well.

“Making music with Craig Buhler, Ted Enderle and Terry Smith is the real draw for me, as well as the great audience I’ve found here in Sequim,” O’Connell said.

“Of course, I love working creatively with the kids, too, but improvising with these fabulous guys and playing Linda’s arrangements is such a rare treat for me.

“It makes the trip worthwhile.”

O’Connell will add a trip to Port Townsend to her itinerary this year.

She will be the first of Carol Swarbrick’s guests in the Broadway Music and Memories series at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend, from Aug. 2-3.

Each weekend in August, Swarbrick will play hostess to a different Broadway singer, backed by Dowdell on piano.

For more about Broadway Music and Memories, visit www.keycitypublic

Last modified: July 24. 2014 5:27PM
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