Week of jazz in Monmouth kicks off Sunday

MONMOUTH -- Jazz performed by some of the premiere established and up-and-coming musicians on the West Coast will fill Main Street Park on Sunday, July 31.



MONMOUTH -- Jazz performed by some of the premiere established and up-and-coming musicians on the West Coast will fill Main Street Park on Sunday, July 31.

Western Oregon University and the city of Monmouth are sponsoring a free concert featuring Mel Brown and Friends beginning at 6 p.m.

The event has become the celebrated kickoff for the weeklong Mel Brown Summer Jazz Workshop that takes place annually at WOU and lures young and old musicians to campus. That program will run from July 31 to Aug. 6.

Brown, a Portland drummer known as the "Gentleman of Jazz," has a career that spans 40 years. In recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of Oregon, Brown received the Governor's Arts Award in 2002.

He's run his camp at Western since 1999.

That act will be followed immediately with a performance by the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Orchestra.

The group was created in 1971 as part of the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival in California as a commitment to jazz education.

The orchestra is comprised of two dozen talented young musicians and vocalists from high schools and art academies across the United States who are selected through a rigorous audition process. The youths then tour festivals around the country and world.

The concert will include a beer and wine garden, hosted by Main Street Pub & Eatery.

For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-838-0722.



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