The University of Oregon jazz department brought 4 groups down to Reno, Nevada this past weekend, stopping along the way in Cottage Grove and Klamath Falls to perform for middle and high schoolers. Friday at the festival we heard music from contemporary jazz idols such as Donny McCaslin and Randy Porter as well as a show performed by the world-renowned SFJAZZ Collective. On Saturday, UO combos I and II competed in the college combo division and OJE (Oregon Jazz Ensemble) and Jazz Lab Band II competed in their respective categories.
I'm fortunate to be a member of the top combo, Point of Departure, which not only placed first but received a huge compliment from sax legend Peter Epstein, who said, "It was the best music I've heard in all the years I've attended this festival." Here is one of the tunes from our set:
OJE, in which I have the privilege of playing 2nd trumpet, also cleaned up! We got invited back for the Saturday evening "Best of" final show, where we played 2 tunes from our original set. Here is the video from that evening performance in UNR's arena: