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New Seaside Jazz and Blues Festival debuts March 15-17 with big lineup of Oregon's favorites

The first annual Seaside Jazz and Blues Festival with headliners Jimmy Herrod and Reggie Houston and thirteen more of Oregon's most favorite Jazz and Blues performers Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17---performances and workshops. Proceeds will go to late Seaside music teacher Kyle Rieger. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Oregon has a new Jazz and Blues Festival. It's taking place at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center on Friday-Sunday March 15-17 featuring fifteen all-star performers in concerts and conducting workshops. Food and drink, art, and festival merchandise will be available..

Seaside Jazz and Blues  will be an annual benefit for the Kyle Rieger Memorial Scholarship. Kyle was a Seaside music teacher  who was killed in a head-on car accident.

These scholarship funds will help Seaside School District students pay for band camps and instrument rental or purchase. A gift will also be given to a graduating Senior intent on pursuing music in college.

The Festival will also mark the inaugural annual Oregon award for musical excellence in the name of the late beloved drummer Carlton Jackson. The award will be announced at the Festival on Saturday.

Carrie Bond, one of the festival organizers told us, "There was an older Jazz event that ran for about 35 years which died out in 2017. More of a trad Jazz “dance.” We were planning on opening an art gallery/music venue and wanted to promote music citywide. So we thought we would bring the festival back, but with more varied styles.

"About the same time as this thought process was going on, the local middle and high school band teacher, Kyle Rieger, was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 26. He was only 26, and a first year teacher but his influence was significant. This was a tragedy for the schools and the Seaside community, and we quickly turned our idea to a memorial benefit in his name. 
"All proceeds from the festival will go towards paying band camp fees for local middle and high school students, purchase or rental of instruments for students, and a named scholarship for a graduating senior that would like to pursue music in college."
OMN Editor-In-Chief Tom D'Antoni helped curate the festival.

Here is a link with full details including more on the performers.

Buy tickets here.



         Seaside High School Band

         Adriana Wagner-- Trombonist

         Ramsey Embick-- In a rare solo set

          Ryan Meagher -- guitarist

         Jimmie Herrod-- singer


         Mary Flower and the BBQ Boys 

         Gordon Lee-- pianist

         Chance Hayden -- guitarist

         Battle Hymns and Gardens feat. drummer Tim DuRoche

         Art Abrams and his big band

         King Louie and Renato Caronto


         Janice Scroggins/Linda Hornbuckle Tribute feat Arietta Ward

         PDX Worship Collective -- Gospel feat Ben Jones

         Shelley Rudolph -- singer feat Chance Hayden

         Quadraphonnes saxophone quartet

         Reggie Houston

Workshops - $20


11:30 - Ryan Meagher and Chance Hayden: Jazz Guitar

1:00 - Adriana Wagner: History of Women in Jazz Improv

2:30 - Mary Flower: Ragtime Guitar


9:00 - Louis Pain and Renato Caranto: Organ/Sax/Drums Trio Workshop

11:30 - Gordon Lee: Compose Yourself

11:30 - Quadraphonnes: The Inner Workings of a Saxophone Quartet

1:00 - Arietta Ward: Vocal Improv

1:00 - Reggie Houston: World of Rhythms

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