Siskiyou Institute concert

Cow Bop, featuring jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, will perform in a benefit for the Siskiyou Institute from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the gardens at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford.

The event will help to raise funds for the institute's Artists In The Schools Program to benefit Rogue Valley music students and teachers.

Cow Bop mixes swinging grooves and sweet vocals with acoustic western sensibilities and an improv attitude. Formed in 2003 by Forman, the jazz and western swing band has toured throughout the country.

In 2004, Cow Bop won the Route 66 Challenge, traveling the length of the storied road having departed with a mere $100 and no scheduled gigs. Their CD "Swingin' Out West," released in 2004, charted on Americana, jazz, college and adult contemporary radio stations.

Forman's guitar style has been a part of the international jazz scene for more than two decades. He has been featured as leader as well as sideman at many festivals and concert venues throughout the world.

His recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Barney Kessel, Richie Cole and others. He is known for bop-style phrasing and inventive harmonizations. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby."

Forman's commitment to sharing knowledge with children has been a constant. He has taught since his late teens and served as artist in residence at music workshops worldwide.

He has conducted seminars in conservatories and universities across four continents and is a long-standing member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Program.

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