2017/18 series opens with Blue Note sensation Kandace Springs

Bend is emerging as a hub of jazz in Oregon. During our inaugural season, we had the good fortune of offering our stage to several of the greatest musicians in the world, in an intimate jazz room overlooking the Deschutes River. Next season will launch on October 20, with two shows (Friday & Saturday) on one weekend each month, from October to April (see below for details).

The intimate jazz club is adjacent to CURRENTS at the Riverhouse, which last year underwent a $10 million renovation of this iconic hotel. A special “jazz menu” and a full dinner menu is available during the shows, as well as NW regional wines (featuring Stoller Family Estate and Crater Lake Spirits), and handcrafted local beers.

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OCT 20 & 21

Kandace Springs Quartet

OPENING: University of Oregon Jazz Ensemble

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“Kandace has a voice that could melt snow.” 


Kandace Springs: Vocalist

The second year opens with Kandace Springs, who caught the attention of Prince before his passing. Prince said it all – “Kandace has a voice that could melt snow.” Following her performance at Prince’s concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, Springs was signed to famed jazz label Blue Note, following an audition for legendary producer Don Was. Her Blue Note debut, Soul Eyes, is produced by Larry Klein (Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot). Springs came onto the scene in 2014, with the release of her self-titled EP, which received critical acclaim and landed appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, and Live at Daryl’s House. According to Soul Tracks, “Soul Eyes is an accomplished, alluring and adult record by an artist who has fully harnessed her Muse and her talents.”



NOV 17-18

Donald Harrison/Terell Stafford Quintet

OPENING: Portland State University Jazz Ensemble

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A rare joint appearance

Donald Harrison: Saxaphonist | Terell Stafford: Trumpeter Drums

“The King of Nouveau Swing,” saxophonist and actor Donald Harrison (Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, Notorious BIG, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), will make a rare joint appearance with acclaimed trumpeter Terell Stafford (McCoy Tyner, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, to form a special quintet for their Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz performance. New Orlean’s native Harrison is known for creating a unique jazz genre, “Nouveau Swing,” rooted in the Afro-New Orleans tradition. He is the founder of The New Jazz School, and has won numerous awards of distinction, such as Downbeat’s Alto Saxophonist Poll Winner and France’s Grand Prix du Disque. Stafford, according to McCoy Tyner, is “one of the great players of our time.” He is the Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.

WEBSITE: Donald Harrison


WEBSITE: Terell Stafford


December 22-23

Double Bill: Darrell Grant & David Goldblatt with Chris Brown, Dave Captein & John Nastos

OPENING: Plus A Girl (Alan Jones Academy of Music)

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A unique format, featuring two quartets on the same bill

Darrell Grant: Pianist | David Goldblatt: Pianist | Chris Brown: Drums | Dave Captein: Bass | John Nastos: Saxophonist

A unique format, featuring two quartets on the same bill, separately led by Portland-based pianists Darrell Grant (Tony Williams, Brian Blade) and David Goldblatt (The Chevy Chase Show, Diana Ross, Dizzy Gillespie). New Zealand¹s Evening Post wrote about Grant, ³I didn¹t know piano could be this good,² Goldblatt is well known as a composter and arranger for numerous films and TV shows, who moved to Portland several years ago after a long career as a major player in the LA music scene, Each quartet will be backed by Chris Brown on drums, Dave Captein on bass, and guest appearances by saxophonist John Nastos. This is an amazing opportunity to hear contrasting styles and sensitivities.

WEBSITE: Darrell Grant


WEBSITE: David Goldblatt


January 12-13

George Colligan + Buster Williams + LENNY WHITE TRIO

OPENING: Alan Jones Academy of Music

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Two legends join world-renown Portland-based pianist

Buster Williams: Bassist | Lenny White: Dummer | George Colligan: Pianist

Two legends, bassist Buster Williams (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Fortune), and drummer Lenny White (Return To Forever, Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke, Chaka Kahn, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis), join world-renown Portland-based pianist George Colligan (Jack DeJohnette, Cassandra Wilson, Jane Monheit, Christian McBride), forming a world-class trio. According to All About Jazz (Chris Hoven), Colligan is "one of the best kept secrets in jazz."

WEBSITE: Buster Williams


WEBSITE: Lenny White


WEBSITE: George Colligan


February 16-17


OPENING: Bend Student Jazz All-Stars

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The foremost jazz violinist in generations

Regina Carter: Violinist

The foremost jazz violinist in generations, Regina Carter (Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis) brings her quintet from New York City, blending a range of musical influences, including Motown, Gospel, Afro-Cuban, Swing, Bebop, Folk, World, Cajun and, yes, even country. Ms. Carter received a MacArthur Fellowship ("genius grant") in 2006, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and has performed at many of the most esteemed performance venues in the world, including Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Italy's Teatro Carlos Felice. Carter is pioneering new and exciting possibilities for an instrument that as long been defined by the classical tradition.





March 23–24


Opening: Innovation Project
(Laz Glickman+Domo
Branch+Finn Jones)

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"The most amazing talent I've ever come across.” (Brubeck)

Taylor Eigsti: Pianist | Harish Raghaven: Bassist | Eric Harland: Drummer | Julian Lage: Guitarist

Two-time Grammy nominee, pianist Taylor Eigsti (John Mayer, Dave Brubeck, Sting), who was acclaimed by Brubeck as "the most amazing talent I've ever come across," leads a quartet of virtuoso musicians that includes bassist Harish Raghaven (Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire), multi-Grammy nominated Eric Harland (Betty Carter, Esperanza Spalding, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter) on drums, and Grammy-nominated guitarist Julian Lage(Béla Fleck, Fred Hersch). This is truly an all-star lineup, as each of these musicians is a star in their own right.

WEBSITE: Taylor Eigsti


WEBSITE: Harish Raghaven


WEBSITE: Eric Harland


WEBSITE: Julien Lage


April 20-21


Opening: Alan Jones Academy of Music

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A unique opportunity to enjoy the many sides of Portland's famed guitarist.

Dan Balmer: Guitarist

Mt. Bachelor Riverhouse Jazz’s second season closes with a unique opportunity to enjoy the many sides of Portland's famed guitarist Dan Balmer (Airto, Benny Green, Joey DeFrancesco), as he will lead an extravaganza featuring three of his groups, each playing a separate 45-minute set. Following a performance in South Florida, The Palm Beach Post reviewed proclaimed “(Dan’s) fast fingered runs and twisting figures were arresting.”





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