Sunday Night Jazz with special guests Dick Oatts & Terell Stafford at The Press Room in Portsmouth.
Doors at 5pm | Show at 6pm
This show is an extension of the Clark Terry Jazz Festival which hosts hundreds of student jazz bands at The University of New Hampshire on March 9th.
Dick Oatts, a professor at Temple University, is a multi-woodwind player with more than a dozen albums as leader and co-leader, and has appeared on over 100 albums as a sideman. He has also accompanied Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Terell Stafford, an acclaimed trumpet player once hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by piano legend McCoy Tyler, is the director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University. He can be heard performing on over 130 albums and is associated with numerous groups, including The Clayton Brothers, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Watson and Horizon, and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars.
Dick Oatts: Alto Sax | Terell Stafford: Trumpet | Ryan Parker: Piano | Keala Kaumeheiwa: Bass | Les Harris, Jr: Drums
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.
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