BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford launches their 10th season with two-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur, a profound pianist and vocalist.
“Diane’s performances exemplify excellence, and the local Bend community highly anticipates her return,” said Samuel Johnson, General Manager of the Oxford Hotel Bend. “I can’t think of a better performance to kick-off the series. As we enter 10 years of Jazz at the Oxford, we're thrilled to welcome back the esteemed Ms. Schuur after eight years. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, their generosity continues to make this a truly exceptional world-class event.”
Schuur has long been regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists. Nicknamed “Deedles” for her impressive scatting ability, she is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Schuur naturally composes an exquisite composition of jazz that incorporates various elements of sub, and undeniably superb vocalism.
Resulting from a loss of vision due to birth complications, Schuur read Braille-transcribed lyrics during performances and recording sessions. Nonetheless, she found the use of Braille impractical as it required one of her hands while playing the piano. Schuur's instinctive understanding of music translates into compositions that are free-spirited and without boundaries.
Schuur has gone on to perform with other highly-regarded artists such as Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie, in addition to specialized engagements such as an appearance on Sesame Street, and an astonishing eleven appearances on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
Arguably Schuur’s most notable achievements are her Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Female Vocal Performance in 1986 and 1987. Schuur was later nominated for the same award in 1989, in addition to Best Traditional Female Pop Performance in 1991 and 1993.
Schuur will perform three shows, all of which are sold out.
· Friday, October 18, at 7:00 pm
· Saturday, October 19, at 5:00 pm
· Saturday, October 19, at 8:00 pm
Show tickets are sold out, but the public is invited to a FREE Music Education Workshop on Saturday, October 19th, at 11:15 am at Oxford Hotel Bend. Hosted by Georges Bouhey, all ages and skill levels are welcome to gain insight and musical life lessons from Schuur. Seating is limited, so arrive early.
BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford is made possible by the support of several local companies that are dedicated to the cultural enrichment of Central Oregon. In addition to BendBroadband, the series is supported by returning sponsors Central Oregon Daily, The Bulletin, Mockingbird Gallery, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, First Interstate Bank, Subaru of Bend and 10below Restaurant. The series is produced by Patrick Lamb Productions of Portland, Oregon.
About BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford: Now in its 10th year, BendBroadband’s Jazz at the Oxford brings talented musicians to the intimate ballroom of Oxford Hotel Bend, located in the heart of downtown Bend. Patrick Lamb Productions produces the series, which features an array of world-class performers. Local community sponsors are BendBroadband, Mockingbird Gallery, Central Oregon Radiology Associates, The Bulletin, Central Oregon Daily, Subaru of Bend, First Interstate Bank and 10below Restaurant. For more information, visit jazzattheoxford.com.
About Oxford Hotel Bend: Oxford Hotel Bend is Bend’s first and only luxury boutique hotel. Located in the heart of downtown, the seven-story Oxford Hotel features 59 spacious and luxurious executive suites, many with views of the Cascade Mountains. Designed with the leisure and business traveler in mind, Oxford Hotel Bend features a variety of amenities and services intended to up the ante on the traditional boutique hotel experience. For the last seven years, Oxford Hotel Bend has been recognized as a Top 25 US Hotel in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. For more information, visit oxfordhotelbend.com.