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Giants of Jazz and Blues feat. Terell Stafford, Bennie Maupin & Thara Memory and his Jazz Orchestra
1111 SW Broadway
Sept. 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
On Friday, September 5, 2014, join Jazz legends Grammy winner Terell Stafford, Benny Maupin, and Grammy winner, Dr. Thara Memory for an intimate evening of jazz. Thara will direct the award-winning, 7-12 grade student American Music Program (AMP) orchestra. The show will be held at the Winningstad Theater at 1111 SW Broadway beginning at 8pm. AMP will be releasing its first CD, “American Music Program, Live at the Gerding Theater,” at the concert.
Terell Stafford, Grammy winning, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism.
Benny Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic “Bitches Brew” album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings. He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band.
Maupin and Stafford will be joined by numerous well known, Portland musicians, including Rebecca Kilgore, Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Tahirah Memory, Stan Bock, Renato Caranto, Nicole Glover, Dan Brewster, Louis Pain and Peter Piazza complete the star studded program and will be joined by American Music Program students and alumni.
This is the most important benefit concert for AMP, part of Pacific Crest Sinfonietta, a registered non- profit 501(c)3 Educational organization. Proceeds go to fund the non-profit’s efforts providing opportunities for students to attend national music competitions like Essentially Ellington, Monterey Music Festival, The Lionel Hampton Festival, and many more. These experiences build successful students that leave High School with advanced performance skills to succeed in college.