2016 Jazz in the Canyon performer bios

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Caili O'Doherty has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. She's scheduled to perform for Jazz in the Canyon Monday, July 4, at 6 p.m. at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir.

Following are some bios for the performers scheduled as part of the 2016 Jazz in the Canyon series June 24 to July 4 in Dunsmuir:

Allison Scull & Victor Martin

Recognized as the spring edition Southern Oregon Magazine’s “Music Pick,” this eclectic duo with Allison on guitar and vocals and Victor on tenor saxophone enjoys performing wineries, festivals, theaters all over the West Coast.

With their ever evolving sound of jazz, blues, pop and Latin flavors this duo has released three CDs, as well as shared the stage with blues legend John Hammond, Acoustic Alchemy, Tuck and Patti, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Stefan Schittko, who also plays with R&B band Sound Advice, Sound Farm, and has played in the Ted Taforo Jazz Collective, will be performing alongside as guest artist. They are also about to embark on their campaign to raise funds for their next CD. See: www.allisonandvictor.com and www.facebook.com/AllisonAndVictor.

They will perform as a duo Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Dunsmuir Brewery Works. They will also perform with their Midnight Band at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center Show Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10, available in advanced at Village Books in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir Hardware in Dunsmuir.

Ananta Fiddle Hooper and Shattered Chaos

Ananta Fiddle-Hooper is joined by her band “Shattered Chaos” to bring Siskiyou County an evening of electrified world jazz fusion and electro-trance compositions inspired by Eastern-European, Asian, Middle-Eastern and western musical influences.

Fiddle-Hooper will bring an array of instruments to the stage including violin, electric violin, cello and sultry vocals. She will be joined by her band Shattered Chaos with Paul Lamb on bass, Tony Luerra on drums, and Greg Jeter on rhythm guitar.

She will join the Jazz in the Canyon event Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center. There is a $10 cover charge, first-come, first-served. See: www.fiddlehooper.com.

Caili O’Doherty and Band

Based in New York City, and a native of Portland, Ore., Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award.

Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. with a degree in jazz piano performance, she has been teaching, composing and performing in the New York City area. She is an accompanist for Jazz at Lincoln Center and for the past several years has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Her Jazz in the Canyon performance will take place at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center Monday, July 4 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, available in advanced at Village Books in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir Hardware in Dunsmuir. See: http://cailimusic.com.

Carlye and Don

Originally from Sacramento, Carlye Felten has been singing jazz standards for 20-plus years in Mendocino County on the coast and in the Ukiah/Willits area in combo and big band settings. Some of her influences are Carmen McCray, Betty Carter, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Robert Plant and Sting. She also plays a mean harmonica if you can talk her into it.

Don Cornell is recent transplant to the Mt. Shasta area from Cleveland, Ohio, He studied jazz guitar at Cleveland State University with Bob Frazier. He has been playing jazz, blues and fusion for 20-plus years in combo and big band settings with influences ranging from Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, and Wes Montgomery to Frank Zappa and Jeff Beck.

They will perform Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Chuck Epperson, Jr.

The Chuck Epperson Band is a fresh blend of modern rock and folk, mixed in with a jazzy flavor of R&B and a touch of country. Energetic and soulful, the band plays with an ease that exemplifies the true passion it has for the music.

The effect of the music is seen in the audience as some move with the rhythm, some close their eyes and sing along, but all are enraptured by the reflections of life represented in each song. The Chuck Epperson Band excites you and makes you enjoy the pure essence of the musical excellence. Paige Gilbert, free lancer writer for The Buzz.

They will perform Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Dunsmuir Brewery Works.

Canyon Ensemble

The Canyon Ensemble was formed specifically for Jazz in the Canyon and consists of Spencer Adkisson on drums, Nathan Sivananda on bass, Dave Reynolds on keyboard, and Rick Garrett on guitar.

With literally decades of musical performance experience under their belts, the Canyon Ensemble will be pulling funk, Latin, blues and swing together for a musical odyssey at the Dunsmuir Brewery Works Monday, July 4 at 6 p.m.; and a special added show Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m. at Dunsmuir Brewery Works.

Gerry Smida

A veteran musician and talented showman, Gerry Smida will play jazz standards and random accordion novelties for Jazz in the Canyon at Dunsmuir Brewery Works on Sundays, June 26 and July 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Performing on piano, accordion, and Celtic harp, you will enjoy gypsy jazz – older jazz standards – movie themes. Smida creates an easy, relaxed space with his music. Versatile, competent and “audience friendly.”

James Gordon (speaker)

Retired New York and Chicago jazz bassist James Gordon will speak about Louis Armstrong, whom he knew; the New Orleans jazz scene; and the 1950s Chicago jazz scene at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m., preceding the performance of Allison Scull and Victor Martin and the Midnight Band at 8 p.m.

Jerry Moore Trio and jazz vocalist Doug Arrington

Dr. Jerry Moore, piano, is a part-time resident of Siskiyou County, spending most of his time in the Bay Area performing and teaching. He is retired from the music department at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, where he taught music theory, band and world music.

He last performed at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center in July 2015 with his two sons, Greg Moore on trombone and Michael Moore on saxophone/clarinet.

Michael is well known in European jazz circles. Joining him this year for Jazz in the Canyon is bassist Joe Cohoon of Ashland, and Khari Cowell on drums (Cowell Brotet).

Doug Arrington is a warm, intimate and intense performer. His incredible voice range and charismatic personality give him the power to control the mood of his audience as a vocalist.

Professional acclaim has come to Arrington throughout the world including Japan and other Far Eastern engagements. He also performed in Australia and Europe. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a headliner in the prominent night clubs and hotels.

An Oakland Tribune critic wrote that, “Arrington is in complete control of his voice.” It shows in his phrasing, which comes about as close as a singer can get to what has been called “elegant.”

They will perform Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center. Tickets are $15, available in advanced at Village Books in Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir Hardware in Dunsmuir.

Mickey Jones

Join Mickey Jones for an intimate concert on the patio at the Burger Barn Tuesday, June 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. This 50-year guitar veteran will perform his own style of “way out jazz” versions of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker tunes, and then take you back home with some ballads and his own original compositions.

Jones has played with saxophonist Roland Kirk and with Eddie Hollis in a group called The Intensity for which they won a jazz award in Phoenix in 1984.

Roma Swing Band

The Roma Swing Band plays ballads, jazz standards and a hot blend of swinging jazz. Paul Blackwell on mandola and vocals, Rick Hobbs on guitar, Sam Cuenca on bass, Lynda Scheben on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Mitch Ross on drums.

They will perform Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at Dunsmuir Brewery Works

Richard Derwingson

Born into a musical family, Derwingson recorded his first album at the age of 10 and shortly thereafter began teaching himself to play piano. He made his first public appearance at the age of 15 and formed his first band while in high school.

After a professional performing and recording career with RCA’s pop, vocal-instrumental group, The Match, he relocated to northern California to raise a family and to focus on opportunities to compose for the theatre and the educational choral field.

Jazz has always been a part of Derwingson’s musical endeavors and in 2007 he recorded his first solo CD featuring standards from the Great American Songbook and two original compositions.

His recently completed a second CD of all original jazz vocal songs, “Collaborations”, is now available at his ReverbNation Store as well as iTunes, CDBaby and other online music sites. He will perform Friday, June, 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cafe Maddalena.

Rick Garrett

Rick Garrett’s solo guitar finger-style arrangements include, but are not limited to, Latin jazz, ragtime, swing music and original jazzed up versions of Beatles songs. Garrett has been playing guitar for almost 40 years and studied guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology out of Hollywood.

Garrett will be performing solo Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at The Wheelhouse; on Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Dunsmuir Growers Market and at 6:30 p.m. at Dunsmuir Brewery Works. He will also play Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. with friends at Dunsmuir Brewery Works.

Sonido Allegre

Since the release of their CD, “Sonido Alegre” in December 2014, Charles Guy and Linda Powers have been content with their growing popularity in the Rogue Valley, playing several wineries and clubs during the spring, summer and fall, and in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, when they can in the winter.

Guy has many more unrecorded “Flamenco Pop” type instrumental tunes, and songs with interesting lyrics and stories. This has them considering recording a new CD featuring their unique stylings with classical guitar and violin, along with their rich vocals which literally melt together in harmony.

The duo will present a casual concert featuring songs from the CD and new material with guitar, violin, viola and vocals at the Siskiyou Arts Museum Saturday June 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. for the start of Jazz in the Canyon 2016.

Sylvia Hill

Currently living in Redding, pianist/keyboard player Hill has been playing jazz and classical music for almost 40 years. She is a music educator who received her degree from the Dominguez Hills State University.

While she will be playing solo for this year’s Jazz in the Canyon, she often can be found playing in her double piano duo, Jazz Keys. She will play at the Pizza Factory Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Theno and Friends

Dave Theno on guitar, ukulele and vocals, spent 10 years as a singer-songwriter and guitarist/bassist in several Sacramento bands before moving to Siskiyou County in 1996.

In recent years he’s pursued his love for swing guitar, early blues, vintage country, and Tin Pan Alley songwriting by performing these classic songs solo and in small groups.

He and his special guests will play and sing out of the “Great American Songbook” with songs by Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and other originators of popular song, from early-century composers of the ’20s and ’30s Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center. Cover charge is $10 at the door.