The American Music Program (AMP) will hold a benefit concert on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Portland’s Winningstad Theater. The show, entitled “Giants of Jazz and Blues”, will feature Thara Memory’s Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra alongside jazz icons Bennie Maupin and Terell Stafford, as well as a virtual who’s who of local professionals. For extensive…Details
The American Music Program’s new CD “Live at the Gerding Theater – Nothin’ But The Blues” has arrived, and is on sale at Music Millennium. Head on down to pick up a copy if you haven’t already, or go buy another copy and give it to your best friend – they’ll be glad you did.…Details
Dr. Thara Memory and American Music Program will play the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4 and release their first CD “Live at the Gerding Theater – Nothin’ But The Blues.” Here’s the press release. See you all there!
The Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra, along with friends Andy Stokes and LaRhonda Steele, will perform “Nothin’ But The Blues” on the main stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4, just prior to the fireworks. For schedule and other information about the show, please visit: http://waterfrontbluesfest.com/Artists/American-Music-Program.
Thara Memory, director of the American Music Program, will receive two major honors this spring. First, he will be named a 2014 “Jazz Hero” by the national Jazz Journalists Association. The presentation ceremony for this award will occur on Monday, April 28, 2014, just prior to the Regina Carter show at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland.…Details
Oregon Public Broadcasting’s program “Oregon Art Beat” is celebrating 15 years on the air with a free exhibition at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland, and an AMP combo will be playing on the main stage at the kickoff event at 5pm on Saturday, April 19. Come check out the sextet, consisting of AMP band members…Details
Thanks to everyone who came to our fundraiser on March 17, 2014, at Jimmy Mak’s! It was a full house and the band was hot! Basie, Ellington, Mingus and Monk — the band got the chance to play a lengthy set of their repertoire, and really got the crowd going. Guest vocalist Marilyn Keller added…Details
Like many of you, I’m a long-time Amazon shopper myself. But I’m now extra-thrilled to learn that I can now shop at Amazon – and also give a portion of my purchase (yes, even the monthly case of toilet paper I currently have auto-shipped courtesy of Subscribe and Save) to a worthy non-profit (hint, hint…Details
NOT YOUR MAMA’S STUDENT BAND! Don’t miss your chance to hear this outstanding classic jazz orchestra. Under the direction of Portland’s own Grammy Award winner, THARA MEMORY, the American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra will perform their annual Jimmy Mak’s fundraising concert on Monday, March 17, 2014. Close your eyes and listen! You…Details
Thanks to local photographers Kaitlin Dale and John Rudoff, we’re able to share these photos taken at our benefit concert on August 18th! First, one of John’s photos (posted on Flickr): See the rest of John’s set here. Next, Kaitlin’s photos (posted on Facebook): Post by American Music Program | Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra. See…Details