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2020 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Oregon Jazz Ensemble
February 29 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm- $7
The Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE) is the premier large jazz ensemble at the University of Oregon. Under the direction of Steve Owen, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and its students have garnered 15 DownBeat awards as of late, including a 2016 Graduate College Ensemble Outstanding Performance Award. Additionally, OJE has been selected the Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that they have participated over the past 16 years. The OJE is a frequent performer at jazz festivals and educational conferences worldwide including the Vienne Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, La Spezia Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, IAJE Conference, Oregon Music Educators Conference, the Northwest MENC Conference, Western International Band Conference, Kent-Meridian Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Seattle Jazz Experience, as well as numerous other musical events in the Pacific Northwest.
Featured with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in recent years has been a host of established dignitaries and rising stars including Sean Jones, Ben Wendel, Kendrick Scott, Jaleel Shaw, Marshall Gilkes, Clay Jenkins, Julian Lage, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Don Braden, James Moody, Walter Smith III, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Ron Miles, Dick Oatts, Jon Faddis, Rufus Reid, Billy Pierce, Conrad Herwig, Jim Snidero, David Scott, John Moak, Maria Schneider, Paul Mazzio, Mel Brown, David Pietro, Bobby Shew, Luis Bonilla, Shane Endsley and Kaveh Rastegar. For more information on the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and the entire Jazz Studies Program at the University of Oregon go to jazz.uoregon.edu.