Oregon Coast Jazz Party 2018 - Bossa Nova Demo & Lecture

presented by: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Starts:Sunday, October 07, 2018  9:00 AMEnds:Sunday, October 07, 2018  9:30 AM



Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

October 5-7, 2018 marks the 15th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 15 years with the party, which is held at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. "Honoring Women in Jazz" is the theme of this year's event, to mark its 15th anniversary.

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – in the beautiful town of Newport, on the central Oregon coast. Expect multiple sets from renowned jazz stars, nightcap performances, and educational events during your stay.

Join pianist and composer Kerry Politzer in the Studio Theatre for a free demo and lecture on bossa nova, presented by Just Jazz. A jazz pianist with classical and Brazilian influences, she received a bachelor's degree in music for jazz piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied improvisation and composition with jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

Kerry lived in New York for many years, during which time she performed at Smalls and toured with DIVA No Man’s Band. Performances with DIVA included appearances at the Blue Note and on the QE2 with Dianne Schuur and Slide Hampton, and a quartet performance with the great guitarist Larry Coryell.

The pianist has released six CDs as a leader, including Blue in Blue, which featured saxophonist Donny McCaslin and was termed a “first-rate jazz outing” by AllAboutJazz.com. Kerry has also been a featured sideman on albums of George Colligan, Laura Dreyer, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

Kerry’s latest release, Below the Surface (2014), is available on PJCE Records. Her newest project is Bossa PDX, a band for which she transcribes classic bossa nova arrangements.  Kerry lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, George Colligan, and their two boys. In addition to being a pianist, she is a sometime-food-writer with a website at politzerprose.wordpress.com. Her Twitter feed is #NorthwestNosh.

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