FlorenceFest '18 Jazz Bands & Musicians

The musical lineup for the 2018 Florence Fest is sure to satisfy the discerning jazz enthusiast of every style. Both evenings will be closed with headlining performances by trumpeter Tony Glausi on Friday and pianist George Colligan on Saturday. Both artists are internationally acclaimed and have produced several albums that sell worldwide.  The second annual Florence Fest will leave you wanting more.

Friday,  April 27, 2018


2:00 pm - Bossa PDX

Bossa PDX is a Portland-based band that plays lovingly transcribed arrangements of Gilberto Gil, Roberto Menescal, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Joao Donato, and Tom Jobim compositions, among others. We also play a selection of upbeat Brazilian jazz tunes. Our instrumentation includes vocals, piano, flute, guitar, bass, and percussion.  www.bossapdx.com


Kerry Politzer – piano

New England Conservatory graduate Kerry Politzer is a pianist with Brazilian and classical influences. She has six albums as a leader, including Below the Surface, which was released by PJCE Records in 2014. Kerry first discovered Brazilian music in college, where she was inspired by a residency performed by multi-instrumentalist composer Hermeto Pascoal. She is a featured instrumentalist on saxophonist Laura Dreyer’s Brazilian-influenced release, Free Flying Bird (Sony Latin, 2011).



Melissa Carroll, flute

Melissa Carroll is a native Oregonian born and raised in Salem. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pacific University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University. After graduating from Pacific, she moved to Chengdu, China and Singapore where she lived for nine years, performing and teaching. She currently lives in Portland, OR, where she teaches music at Park Academy as well as at her own studio.



Dylan Sundstrom, bass

Washington-born Dylan is well-versed in both jazz fusion and traditional jazz. He counts Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson as some of his influences. Before moving to Portland, he relocated to Boise to study with Kurt Elling’s bassist, Clark Sommers. Dylan can regularly be seen in drummer’s Chris Brown Quartet and with trumpeter Farnell Newton. He appears on the Thomas Hutchings/Camden Hughes album Introspective (2015) and on Farnell Newton’s Back to Earth (Positone, 2016).


Micah Hummel, drums

Originally from Arizona, Micah is quickly becoming one of Portland’s most in-demand jazz drummers. He has performed in such diverse locales as Toronto, Beijing, Amsterdam, and St. Martin. Micah regularly plays with George Colligan, Louis Pain, Moorea Masa, Kerry Politzer, Tony Starlight, and Coco Columbia. He will appear on “Other Barry Escape Route,” a George Colligan album that will soon be released by PJCE Records. He also plays on singer-songwriter Coco Columbia’s album When the Birds Begin to Walk (2016).



4:00 pm - Paula Byrne Quartet


Paula Byrne – Vocal.

Paula's voice is like chilled champagne on a hot summer day. She moves easily between songs that are lush and beautiful to highly rhythmic, wild rides. Her sense of humor, revival of obscure songs and new twists on old standards keeps the audience engaged and enraptured.



Paula is eclectic in her choice of musicians with whom to perform, including many of Portland's best: Randy Porter, Gordon Lee, George Mitchell, Craig Bidondo, Joe Millward, Ron Steen, Dennis Caiazza, Rich Turnoy, Glenn Holstrom, Andrea Niemiec, Kevin Dietz, Christopher Woitach and Darin Clendenin, Matt Tabor, Craig Snazelle, Dave Captein, Vince Frates, Dan Gaynor, John Gilmore, Mike Horsfall, Greg Goebel, Dan Presley, Carlton Jackson, Gordon Lee, Todd Marston.


Randy Porter - Piano

Randy has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”


Nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards, Randy’s recent release Porter Plays Porter with Nancy King is a mix of swing, harmony and lyrical adventure.  In the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, tunes featuring Nancy King are interspersed with instrumental tracks featuring the Randy Porter Trio.  This album is produced with an intimate listening environment in mind.  John Wiitala on bass and Todd Strait on drums bring their wonderful swing skill set and intuition to Randy’s arrangements of Cole Porter tunes Randy’s original song, Inside Your Mind, adds to the poignancy and beauty of this project.


Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He currently performs with Charles McPherson, Madeline Eastman, the New York Voices, Rebecca Kilgore and Nancy King.  With the Charles McPherson Quartet, he has traveled throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also performed McPherson’s Sweet Synergy Suite with the San Diego Ballet.


Dave Captein - Bass

Dave is an accomplished performer having worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. A Portland native and a music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe.


He has worked with many well known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community there, frequently appearing in the city's many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios. He is a favorite choice for the region's many bandleaders and always in demand for his solid sound, time and feel, as well as his soloing abilities. He has played on numerous local artists' CD's, as well as nationally distributed releases by Tom Grant and Jessica Williams. He has also been a long time instructor, having taught at the University of Oregon for 10 years.


He has appeared with Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal, Red Holloway, Jack Sheldon, Nu Shooz, Marlena Shaw, Frankie Avalon, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Andy Narell, Jerry Hahn, Dave Frishberg, Randy Brecker, Rick Braun, Kenny Drew Jr., Joey De Francesco, Eric Alexander, Pete Christlieb, Ron Eschete, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew, Wynton Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, Steve Allen and Paul Smith. Benny Green and local luminaries such as Ron Steen, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, Gary Hobbs and Rebecca Kilgore.


Jason Palmer - Drums 

Jason is a percussionist and educator who is active throughout Oregon, the United States, and internationally. His performances include appearances at St. Peter's Church and the Knitting Factory in New York, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, The Sitka Jazz Festival, and Jazz Festival Calgary. Regionally, he has performed at The Waterfront Blues Festival, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music.


Since 1995, Jason has performed and recorded with such artists as Danilo Perez, John Clayton, Ben Monder, Ron Miles, Dave Frishberg, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Zorn, Steve Wilson, Lizz Wright, Sheryl Bailey, Chuck Redd, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Randy Porter, and George Colligan. His recordings have been reviewed in Cadence, All About Jazz, and the All Music Guide.


He attended the University of Oregon, where he received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Music. As a student, Jason had the opportunity to perform in a variety of student ensembles as well as with guest artists such as Nancy King, Bobby Shew, John Hollenbeck, and Gary Versace. His pop and rock music experience includes work with Allen Toussaint, Mason Williams, Sonny Turner of the Coasters, Ruth Brown, and Satin Love Orchestra.




6:30 pm - Tony Glausi Quartet


Hailed as "a great writer and a terrific trumpet player" by legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, and said by renowned jazz artist Dave Douglas to be "one of the finest young trumpeters", Tony Glausi has established his voice as an international award-winning trumpeter, keyboardist, composer, and producer in New York City.


Among other accolades, Tony won first prize in the 2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition, first prize in the jazz division of the 2017 ITG International Trumpet Competition, and first prize in the jazz division of the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. Tony has been recognized in two separate issues of Downbeat Jazz & Blues Magazine for outstanding improvised solos and compositions. He was the sole recipient of the 2016-17 Laurie Frink Career Grant, an award given every other year to a young brass player in honor of Laurie’s legacy as an incomparably inspiring pedagogue, mentor, and friend. Tony has also had the unique privilege of engaging in private studies with Wynton Marsalis, one of his greatest heroes and influences.


Playing over one hundred shows last year and having recorded on more than twenty-five albums, Tony currently maintains a full schedule as an active performer and recording artist on the trumpet, flugelhorn, and keyboards. As a composer and arranger, Tony draws inspiration from his earliest musical influences while also channeling current trends in the music industry. He has written works for small and large jazz ensembles, various chamber ensembles, pop and hip-hop groups, and several short films and TV web series. His pieces have been commissioned on over a dozen occasions to be performed and recorded by numerous world-class musicians.


To date, Tony has released six records of his own music in physical and digital formats—iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Google Play, and more. His debut jazz album, Identity Crisis (Dec 2015), which features ten original compositions for small jazz ensembles, earned him several noteworthy awards and garnered much praise. Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny remarked, "An exciting new voice has arrived… I’m impressed with the conception for the project as a whole… So many inspired moments… I look forward to repeated, deep listening." Tony’s sophomore release, One-Dimensional Man (Sept 2016), with his nine-piece band, also features ten original works that captivated thousands of younger fans from around the world. His third original album, Bad Boy (June 2017), with his Portland-based jazz quintet, was recorded live at The Jazz Station in Eugene, OR. Chris McCarthy, creative director of Rent Party Records, wrote after hearing it: "Tony Glausi is one bad boy on the trumpet and will be a force on the jazz scene to be reckoned with for years to come." In September of 2017, Tony re-mastered and re-released his solo piano single There Is Always Hope, originally written in response to the terrorist attacks on Paris in November of 2015. This song, with its hymn-like structure and unforgettably lyrical melody, proved to his audience Tony’s versatility and depth as an artist. His fourth full-length album, Christmas with Tony Glausi (Nov 2017), came at the request of his ever-increasing fan base and features 11 unique arrangements of holiday classics including Frosty the Snowman, Greensleeves, and Silent Night. Tony’s most recently produced EP, TGXP Vol I: Midnight Snack (Feb 2018), was conceived and recorded in just two hours and is entirely improvised from start to finish. With Tony on keys, this album clearly branches out from his others as it delves into freestyle hip-hop featuring some of Oregon's finest emcees.


Joining Tony:

- Randy Porter, Piano – See bio in Paula Byrne section for bio

- Dylan Sundstrom, Bass – See Bossa PDX bio section for bio

- Jason Palmer, Drums – See Paula Byrne section for bio

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Noon - Michael Anderson Jazz Trio

Michael Anderson - Michael has bee a mainstay on the Eugene music scene in various guises for 30-plus years.  He’s traveled internationally backing artists, as well as playing styles of music from Country to Rock to Jazz, Folk, and Rhythm and Blues.


He's also spent some time, along with Ray Brassfield, working with the great drummer Donny Osbourne (Mel Torme).   He’s worked in video and radio production and as a session musician on numerous albums by local artists.


Ray Brassfield - Ray played his first bass gig in 1968 at a bar in Junction City appropriately named “The Junction House”. Since then he has been performing at a variety of venues, including bars, taverns, churches, coffee houses and restaurants.

In the early 70’s, he played at The Renaissance Faire, which is now known as The Oregon Country Fair, with a locally popular group, Magpie. They helped usher in the use of amplified music which was pretty much organic/acoustic prior to that time.

He has performed with different groups at The Jamboree held in Sweet Home, Oregon., as well as numerous county fairs.

He is somewhat stylistically diverse, having played country, rock, blues, jazz, folk, and he continues to explore musical opportunities.


Randy “Gage” Kiesling - Started playing drums and singing professionally in 1964 at the age of 15, and has played in various types of bands doing, blues, rock, country, swing and jazz.


Started doing road gigs in the early 70's, playing all over Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Montana. He played with Tex Williams when he toured Oregon in the late 70's, along with the Eugene band Mithrandir in the same time period.   He's worked with Bobby James & Buddy Fite, from Portland.  Retiring from the road in the late 80's, he's continued to play locally (western Oregon) for the last three decades.


Randy, Ray, & Michael have all worked together with Paul Cotton, from the band Poco.




2:00 pm - Bossanaire

Bossanaire plays traditional Bossa Nova music popularized by Jobim and Gilberto/Getz. We also perform many 60s Bossa pop classics along with more contemporary Bossa Novas.


Featuring two female singers, Bossanaire’s sound is reminiscent of the original ‘Brasil 66’ group. Bossanaire creates and highlights the fun, festive and sultry sound that made this style so popular and timeless. Everyone loves the Bossa Nova!


Members in the group are:

• Laurie Hammond – Lead Vocals

• Mallory Glaser –  Lead Vocals

• Anthony Proveaux – Nylon String Guitar, Vocals

• Gus Russell – Piano

• Paul Biondi – Sax and Flute

• Jerry Gleason – Bass

• Jim Reinking – Drums



4:00 pm - Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate



The 7-piece Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate is an eclectic fusion group combining jazz, latin, swing, funk, world music and rock in a rich array of original compositions.  The group has played in several northwest festivals and has also been featured as the live accompaniment music for Ballet Fantastique’s Eugene Hult Center productions: Pride and Prejudice, Dragon and the Night Queen, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


The group has recorded 3 albums: Parisian Nights, Dragon and the Night Queen and their most recent album Sketches From the Underground which was reviewed by the Eugene Weekly in 2017.


“Sketches draws inspiration from classic jazz and Herbie Hancock-style innovators, but also from the prog rock era, when bands like Yes and King Crimson brought jazz elements into rock’s rulebook. Sketches track “Priestess” plays around with Middle Eastern scales over tom-tom playing that recalls jazz classics like “Sing, Sing, Sing” or “Night in Tunisia.” Rempel says blues and soul informs most of his work, but also metal, as can be heard in Rempel’s aggressive playing on the muscular, almost arena-ready album track “The Rabble.”  http://eugeneweekly.com/20170301/music/sketch-master


Musicians:  Gerry Rempel (guitars), Gus Russell (keys), Rick Carter (bass), Bruce Cole (drums), Lorin Hawley (percussion), John Polese (trumpet), Scott Mitchell (alto sax).





6:30 pm - George Colligan Quartet




George Colligan, Piano:

George is a New York based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation. An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called “The Endless Mysteries” and features Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette. Colligan’s musical style incorporates everything from showtunes to funk, from free improvisation to 20th century classical music. His performances include dazzling technique as well as mature restraint. Colligan was on the faculty of the Juilliard School for two years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. He is currently a member of Jack DeJohnette’s New Quintet.Recently, Colligan started playing the Hammond 44 Melodion(melodica).

He also started a popular blog called jazztruth(jazztruth.blogspot.com).


George Colligan has toured, recorded ,and/or performed as a sideman with Cassandra Wilson, Buster Williams, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Gary Thomas, Miguel Zenon, Tom Harrell, Steve Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Ralph Peterson, Vanessa Rubin, Steve Wilson,Dave Weckl, Richard Bona, Jane Monheit, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Charles Fambrough, Mingus Big Band, AL Foster, Mark Turner, Don Braden, Lew Soloff, Gunther Schuller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Lee Konitz, Jamie Baum, Michal Urbaniak, Ron McClure,DJ Logic, Randy Brecker and Stefon Harris, among others.


Joining George:

- Jon Lakey, Bass

- Micah Hummel, Dru

- Tim Wilcox, Sax





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