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Ken Peplowski and the Vancouver Symphony

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Royal Oaks Country Club
8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd.

March 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m.


Hailed as "- arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist", Ken Peplowskireturns for an unforgettable evening of great food, live music, and dancing at the VSO's 2nd Annual Evening of Jazz to benefit its Education Initiative. The exquisite Royal Oaks Country Club will be transformed into the quintessential Jazz Supper Club of the 1940’s and 50’s, complete with classic cars and cigar girls. Guests will stroll down the red carpet lined with concert posters of jazz legends and into the club, where they will be offered a signature Jazztini before enjoying a prime rib dinner, wine and plenty of dancing. Master of Ceremonies will be All Classical Portland Radio's Suzanne Nance (see below). Doors open Saturday, March 25th at 5:30pm. RSVP by March 20th.

About Ken Peplowski

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Ken and his trumpet-playing brother Ted made many local radio and TV appearances and played for Polish dances and weddings virtually every weekend all through high-school. “That’s where I learned to improvise, ‘fake’ songs, learn about chord changes, etc.- it’s exactly like learning to swim by being thrown into the water!” Peplowski signed with Concord Records, under the tutelage of Carl Jefferson, the founder and president, and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader, including “The Natural Touch” in 1992 which won Best Jazz Record of the Year by the Prises Deutschen Schallplatten Kritiken, and “The Other Portrait,” recorded in Sophia, Bulgaria with the symphony orchestra and highlighting Ken’s classical side. He also recorded two records on the Nagel Heyer label,”Lost In The Stars” and “Easy To Remember,” the latter of which features Bobby Short on his last recording. “I loved Bobby Short’s approach to the American songbook, and we’d talked about doing a record together for a while – I’m glad we got this one ‘in the can.’”

Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. Ken’s recorded the Darius Milhaud Clarinet Concerto with an orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was a featured soloist (playing Mozart) in 2015 at the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Oregon. Ken was the musical director of the Oregon Festival Of American Music (OFAM) for eight years, and is a longtime performer/consultant to The Jazz Cruise, where he was elected into the Jazz Cruise Hall Of Fame in 2013. Ken’s new album, recorded for Capri is called “Enrapture”.

About The VSO

World-renowned Maestro Salvador Brotons is in his 25th season leading the professional orchestra of over 70 core members. For 37 seasons The VSO has been a cornerstone of Southwest Washington's arts community, providing world-renowned classical music, promoting young musicians, and opening doors to classical music for young audiences through events such as the annual In-School concerts, Young Artists Competition and various family-styled special events and performances. Many of our musicians are teachers in our school districts and beyond. Tickets for the VSO Chamber Series and all VSO symphony concerts are on sale now at (360) 735-7278 or