Jennifer Mayerle wanted to share an evening at Birdland with her teenage daughter, a similar experience to the time she went to Eddie Condon's when she was about the same age. Between the pianist who she chose to see and the other club patrons, it was more than she could have bargained for and the night of a lifetime. Follow the link to hear the story!
Portland's American Music Program, made up of high school student and under the direction of trumpeter and Grammy award winner, Thara Memory, has won first place at the Essentially Ellington competition, making them the highest honored high school jazz band in the country.
Click to hear a story from two of Portland's talented high school musicians about their success at the Charles Mingus Competition in New York.