PLU’s Jazz Under the Stars returns for 23rd season

Submitted by the PLU Music Department.

Eugene Jones singing as part of the Jazz Under the Stars series at PLU’s MBR Amphitheater on Thursday, August 1, 2019. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

The Pacific Lutheran University School of Arts and Communication and Department of Music announces a full return to the Jazz Under the Stars free summer concert series. Concerts will be held Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. July 7-August 11, 2022. Now in its 23rd year, jazz artists from across the Pacific Northwest will perform various styles of jazz in the Mary Baker Russell’s outdoor amphitheater Music Center on the PLU campus. Original compositions and new arrangements of classic jazz standards will delight listeners throughout the summer.

Charles Wright Academy

Participants are recommended to bring a camping chair, pillow or blanket to enjoy the music. Picnics encouraged! Concerts are never canceled due to weather conditions and will instead be moved inside the Lagerquist Concert Hall. Paid concessions and free coffee will be available at concerts. On-campus parking is free at night. At some performances, the audience will be invited to walk a short distance to PLU’s WM Keck Observatory to gaze at the stars after the concert is over.

Thursday, July 7: David Joyner Quintet
David Joyner, Ph.D., previously served as director of jazz studies at Pacific Lutheran University from 2000 to 2018. He opens the season with a quintet playing original compositions from his album “All I Have” in addition to standards from jazz. The quintet includes Alexey Nickolaev (sax), Brian Monroney (guitar), David Joyner (piano and vocals), Clipper Anderson (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).

Thursday July 14: Mark Lewis Quartet
Saxophonist and flautist Mark Lewis has enlivened the jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris, and has created a vast and intensely stimulating body of music over the past four decades, comprising more than 1,700 compositions. He brings his inspired and original jazz to PLU with his combo including John Hansen (piano), Phil Sparks (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).

Pierce College

Thursday, July 21: Brazilian quartet Sherry Alves
Sherry Alves is Professor of Jazz Voice at Portland State University. Her clear tone and improvisational vocal approach create fresh and nuanced musical experiences. We welcome Sherry (vocals) back to campus for an immersion in Brazilian jazz alongside Cassio Vianna (piano), Wagner Trindade (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).

Thursday July 28: Kareem Kandi World Orchestra
A prolific PNW performer, we are delighted to welcome the Kareem Kandi World Orchestra to PLU to play contemporary and modern jazz. Kandi works to create and maintain cultural exchange by collaborating, educating and performing jazz music. He has been performing and leading groups since 1996 in concert halls, festivals and clubs.

Thursday August 4: Jenny Davis Jazz Quintet
Jenny Davis is a composer, bandleader, jazz singer, and Seattle native who uses her compositions to advocate for social change. His concert features jazz tunes with a vocal twist and feel-good classics. During this performance, find Jenny Davis (vocals), Kate Olson (sax), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums).

Ragtime at the Lakewood Playhouse

Thursday, August 11: Faculty of Jazz PLU
The faculty of the PLU Jazz Studies program will close the season of Jazz Under the Stars with dynamic jazz arrangements and original compositions. Faculty performers include Kate Olson (sax), Director of Jazz Studies Cassio Vianna (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), Stephen Howland (guitar), and Mark Ivester (drums).

For more information, call the Department of Music at 253.535.7602 or email [email protected]

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