Peninsula musicians to perform jazz concert

Free event planned at Peninsula College’s Maier Hall

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble, made up of musicians from across the North Olympic Peninsula, will perform its Spring Quarter Concert on Tuesday.

The free concert will be at 7 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall on the Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

“Maier Performance Hall is such an acoustically splendid environment in which to hear music,” organizers said in a press release. “We hope you will join us.”

Under the direction of David P. Jones, the concert features Robbin Eaves of Joyce on vocals and a 12-piece jazz band.

The band will perform the Duke Ellington ballad, “I’ve Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” featuring the band’s tenor saxophonists.

Also on the bill will be Sonny Rollin’s classic, “Oleo,” and music by Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, Bill Holman and others.

Two new works by conductor Jones will receive their world premieres.

Eaves, accompanied by a smaller version of the band, will sing “It Might As Well Be Spring” by Rodgers & Hammerstein and the touching Johnny Mandel/Paul Webster movie song, “The Shadow of Your Smile.” She also will have a go at “Lover Man,” made famous by Billie Holiday.

“As usual, the performers in this band represent some of the very best jazz that the North Olympic Peninsula has to offer,” organizers said.

From Port Angeles are Ciara Olea (flute), Dick “Doc” Thorson (tenor sax), Ian Nickel (tenor sax), Jim Bradbury (trumpet), Ken Young (trumpet), Jack Council (trumpet), Marge Rosen (drum set), Kendall Melton (bass), Max Larsen (bass) and David Jones (keyboards/director).

From Sequim are Jeff Dingle (trombone) and Kendall Melton (bass) .

John Adams (alto sax and bass clarinet) hails from Port Townsend.

Peninsula College supports COVID-19 vaccinations, masking and social distancing as a means to keep employees and guests safe, organizers said.

“Currently, vaccination status and masking are optional at the college for our audiences. However, we hope you will do all you can (within your comfort zone) to keep us all safe.”

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