Jazz concert raises funds for Haiti relief

Four jazz bands with four distinct sounds will come together for an afternoon of music Sunday, Feb. 14, to benefit Haiti.

The Alan Berman Trio, Opus 2, the Modern Prometheus Quintet and the Adam Harris Trio will perform below the large stained-glass windows at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland on Sunday afternoon.

A donation will give you three hours of jazz and the satisfaction of helping a great cause — and leave the evening free to spend with Valentine sweethearts, said drummer Tom Stamper, who helped organize the event.

"I figured Valentine's Day would be a really great day for people to open up their hearts and their wallets and send some money to Haiti," he said.

The money raised from the concert will benefit the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Stamper chose each of the bands because of their varying jazz sounds. Each band will play a 40-minute set.

"I picked a broad spectrum of sound and feel and groove," he said.

The Alan Berman Quartet features Alan Berman on piano, Stamper on drums, Dennis Friese on saxophone and flute and Steve Fain on bass. Stamper describes the band's sound as Mose Allison-style jazz. Berman plays the piano and sings, producing a smooth and swinging jazz.

Pianist David Scoggin and bassist Jim Calhoun are Opus 2. Scoggin plays modern piano arrangements and jazz standards, resulting in a more contemporary sound.

After the Opus 2 set, the Modern Prometheus Quintet will perform contemporary modern jazz with extra percussion. While its members have changed over the band's 20-year existence, the group performing on Sunday includes Don Monjuré on piano, Stamper on drums, Fain on bass, Mike Ruiz on drums, Randy Magallenes on saxophone and Jacob Ransom Phelps on percussion. The quintet will perform revised and improvised arrangements by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and others.

The Adam Harris Trio will play compositions from 2005 to 2010, including recent numbers by Donny McCaslin, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson. The trio features Adam Harris on saxophone, Stamper on drums and Jeff Addicott on bass. Harris and Addicott wrote several of the arrangements. The group plays every Tuesday at the Hong Kong Bar in Ashland.

"It's almost like a jazz festival," Stamper said. "I'm hoping that people will show their support not only for Haiti, but for jazz in the Rogue Valley."

Stamper said they may hold another Haiti benefit concert next year.

"If you're an earthquake victim in Haiti, it didn't just last one day," Stamper said.

"I figure this is not only sending some money to them but letting people know that this is not an overnight event that is going to go away ... there are some people over there who are really suffering."

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the church, on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Street in Ashland. A suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated.

"I can't think of anything nicer to do on Valentine's Day before you go out to dinner with your sweetie," Stamper said.

Call 541-488-9030 for more information.

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