gala-performers

Performing at the 2017 Jazzy Christmas Gala Friday & Saturday

MJ New Quartet with Jazz pianist Darrell Grant

Led by jazz pianist Darrell Grant, the MJ New Quartet is a virtuoso quartet who revisit the introspective elegance and sophisticated soundscape of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Rooted in the cultural diversity of the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance, for more than 40 years the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) served as the embodiment of classic jazz cool. With all the savoir faire of a martini—shaken not stirred—the MJQ deftly melded Bach fugues, American song, mid-century modernism, and the blues into a sound unlike any other. Following the lead of these masters, MJ New’s blend of classical and jazz pays homage to the legendary MJQ and imagines a distinctly new sound.

 

Rebecca Kilgore

She is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the great American Song Book.

She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall.  She is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall Of Fame, and to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention for three years at Town Hall and Lincoln Center. She was the guest of honor at the 2013 Roswell (New Mexico) Jazz Festival, and honored as a Jazz Legend at the San Diego Jazz Party in 2016.

 

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers:

Currently based in Portland, Oregon, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers is led by Canadian born choreographer and dancer, Éowyn Emerald.  Employing technical virtuosity and emotionally complex storytelling, her work strives to communicate, challenge, and evoke a clearer picture of the relationships that unite us.  Éowyn Emerald & Dancers have appeared at On The Boards, Risk/Reward, J.A.W. at Portland Center Stage and twice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Éowyn has received the RDA Monticello award, a NFAA A.R.T.S. Choreography Award, three 1st place Weiler Choreography awards.  She is the creative producer of Pacific Dance Makers, a biannual show in Portland that highlights work by choreographers from across the Pacific region.