On Sunday, April 6th, the North Coast Big Band will present a jazz concert at 2 P.M. to benefit the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin. Admission will be $10.00. Band leader Lee Stromquist says, " This is a concert where everyone will hear familiar enjoyable easy listening music of the past, through the music of today, including many new updated arrangements".
The concert includes guitarist David Drury performing "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, jazz saxophonist Peter Hinsbeeck performing "Someone To Watch Over Me" by Gershwin and arranged by Oregon's own jazz composer and arranger Charlie Gray. Dee Wooley from Clatskanie will perform Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" on alto saxophone and vocalist Jeanne Bellinger will sing "What Kind Of Fool Am I" along with several other selections. Seaside High School's band teacher and trumpet player Terry Dahlgren will perform the blues on "Black & Blue". Several of the tunes to be performed have been arranged by North Coast composer and arranger David Robertson, including "Girl Talk" and "Learning the Blues." Other soloists performing throughout the concert include Bill Painter, Cory Pederson, Bill Sutton, Todd Pederson, Ken Kirby on Neal Hefti's "Cute," and Astoria's own local treasure jazz trombonist, Bob Joiner.
The North Coast Big Band was formed nearly forty years ago by the late Dennis Thiel and Dr. John Banholzer. Proceeds from the jazz concert will benefit the CCC Performing Arts Center so local groups such as the North Coast Big Band can continue to rehearse and perform there.