INHOUSE Jazz presents intimate holiday concert

David Evans will perform as the saxophonist and clarinetist at the INHOUSE holiday concert this December. (Courtesy photo)

INHOUSE Jazz will celebrate the 2019 Holiday Season with a house concert, featuring pianist Steve Christofferson, saxophonist/clarinetist David Evans and vocalist Annie Averre. This is an annual holiday celebration especially for coastal jazz enthusiasts.

Averre, who began her music career in Newport in 1975, initiated the coastal house concert series INHOUSE Jazz in August 2014 in Newport. The series has featured numerous Pacific Northwest regional jazz artists in small ensembles in local resident’s living rooms since then. The Dec. 1 concert is a special holiday INHOUSE Jazz in celebration of the culminating INHOUSE Jazz 2019 Season.

Christofferson is a freelance musician living in Washington state. He started out as a garage-band guitarist and singer. Christofferson has played the piano in nightclubs and jazz festivals internationally with Grammy Nominated jazz vocalist Nancy King, toured with the Alan Jones Sextet and performed at the PDX Jazz Fest with Kurt Elling. He’s taught workshops and masterclasses at home and abroad, and worked with Jim Pepper, Karrin Allyson and many others. Christofferson is heard on recordings with Nancy King, The Metropole Orchestra and Skol Brothers, the electric quintet that features his compositions.

Evans began playing professionally in New Orleans in 1984, where he played with local legends like Pete Fountain, Johnny Vidacovich and Luther Kent, and national acts like Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many others. At home in the Northwest since 1994, he keeps a busy schedule as a working musician playing over the years with Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Christofferson, Dave Frishberg, Jim Goodwin, Tom Grant, Allen Hinds, Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Joe La Barbera, Storm Large, Glen Moore, Randy Porter, Todd Strait, Jay Thomas, The Chuck Israels Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Bridgetown Sextet, Midnight Serenaders and many others. As a teacher, Evans is associated with Lewis and Clark College and Marylhurst University.

INHOUSE Jazz, an official member of The Folk Alliance International, is an intimate house concert series presenting quality jazz artists on Sunday afternoons from 2:30–5:30 PM from spring to fall on the Central Oregon Coast. Seating is limited; for reservations call 360-606-7136 or email [email protected] The concert location and directions are provided upon confirmation. Admission is free and there is a suggested donation of $15-$30. Proceeds exceeding expenses are donated locally in support of music education. For more information visit www.inhousejazz.org.

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