This concert features two of the Pacific North West's best jazz players
Greg Goebel - piano
Greg Goebel was born in Oregon and began playing piano and composing music from an early age. While at the University of Oregon, he received numerous awards including a Composition award in Downbeat Magazine. Greg then moved to Portland, OR where he quickly became one of the most in demand pianists in the area. His musical style, “rich with subtle complexities and harmonic surprises” make him a distinct voice among jazz pianists today. Goebel has recorded and toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. As a member of the David Friesen Trio, his work can be heard on Friesen’s 2009 CD, Five and Three, the 2011 CD, Circle of Three and the 2013 release, Brilliant Heart. Also as part of the Portland Jazz Quintet, Goebel can be heard on PDXV Vol. Iand Vol. II. Greg also leads his own group featuring Rob Davis on saxophones, Dave Captein on bass and Todd Strait on drums.
Rob Davis - tenor saxophone
Rob Davis has been considered one of the best tenor saxophonists on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene since the '90s. He has been involved in both leading his own bands and making contributions as a sideman Davis is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in saxophone performance. Davis is also devoted to big-band jazz, performing with the Jim Knapp Orchestra and contributing mightily to the grand efforts of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.. In many ways, this saxophonist is the ideal collaborator, pushing forward certain aspects of his talents depending on the situation. Currently Rob resides in Portland where his tenor sax can be heard to full advantage with guitarist John Stowell, various ensembles of bassist David Friesen, the Bobby Torres Ensemble and on recordings by Randy Porter and Alan Jones.
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