Featured Jazz in the Canyon concerts at Pops in Dunsmuir

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Blues Hall of Famer Terry Robb from Portland is one of the headline performers for Dunsmuir's Jazz in the Canyon 2018. NiaSounds promo photo

Performances by guitarist and Blues Hall of Famer Terry Robb from Portland and the Ed Dunsavage Trio from Ashland are two of the highlighted ticketed events being held as part of Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon.

And Shasta County’s Charles Valona Trio will be teaming with acoustic jazz soul act Allison Scull and Victor Martin and the Midnight Band.

The featured concerts will be held at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center, while other Jazz in the Canyon shows will be held at other venues in Dunsmuir from Thursday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Sept. 30.

One of the top West Coast acoustic blues guitarists

Terry Robb is considered one of the top acoustic blues guitarists on the West Coast. As described in a press release, Robb is “an inventive and ever-evolving American primitive master. Robb’s signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music career over four decades.”

Robb’s Jazz in the Canyon performance is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by Allison and Victor. Tickets are $15.

Ashland Readers Poll’s Favorite Jazz Group

Voted Favorite Jazz Group in the Ashland 2017 Sneak Preview Readers Poll, The Ed Dunsavage Trio features Joe Cohoon on upright bass and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh on drums. The trio has be playing music together for over 25 years. They will present an evening of straight ahead jazz guitar trio music at Pops on Friday, performing music from their latest recording “Homage,” which is a tribute to many of the jazz guitar greats including Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd and others.

Latin fingerstyle guitarist Rick Garrett of Mt. Shasta will open for the trio at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

A trio, a duo and a Midnight Band

The Charles Valona Trio will share Sunday’s afternoon bill at Pops with Allison Scull and Victor Martin and the Midnight Band.

Guitarist Charles Valona has been living and playing music in Redding since 2000 in a career that spans more than 50 years. His trio features Bruce Calin on acoustic bass and Kenji Kato on drums and percussion.

The trio performs jazz, pop and Blues classics in a blend of musical genres and styles.

Originally from Hibbing, Minnesota, Calin has worked as a professional bassist for over 50 years. He has performed with the Minnesota Symphony with the Bob Hope Orchestra, legendary guitarist Tal Farlow, Peggy Lee and more. And he was the bassist for Garrison Keeler’s “Lake Wobegon” radio show for four years.

Calin has been an integral part of the live music scene in Shasta County for 17 years and is a member of the North State Symphony.

Allison and Victor’s music is described in a press release as an “unusual collaborative style, singer-songwriter plus saxophone, create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own by blending roots music – a fusion of jazz, blues, a little funk and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics.”

With Victor on saxophone and vocals and Allison on guitar and vocals, they’ll be joined by jazz keyboardist Stefan Schittko, originally from Germany, and kit drummer Mitch Ross.

Ross grew up in Dunsmuir and majored in Jazz performances at Fresno State University.

Tickets for Sunday at Pops include the whole afternoon of music, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The show will begin with Allison and Victor from 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by the Charles Valona Trio from 3 to 4:30, then both acts playing the Jazz in the Canyon grand finale starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the afternoon of music is $15.

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center is located in Dunsmuir’s historic district, across from the Amtrak station at 5819 Sacramento Avenue.

Advanced online tickets for these performances are available at Tickets are also available at the door.

Jazz in the Canyon “honors the broad influences of jazz that mirrors the vast melting pot in American culture” and is produced by Suzanne Scull and Allison Scull in collaboration with many local and regional musical artists and Dunsmuir venue owners.

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