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SJW Artists

Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Nancy King
Singer Nancy King, described by The Oregonian as having “a supple voice, a flawless ear and the instincts of a true jazz improviser,” began her professional career in San Francisco, performing at the now iconic Jazz Workshop in the 1960’s. Known for her command of scat singing, King studied with Jon Hendricks of the pioneering vocalese trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, an influence than can still be heard.

Moving to Oregon, she collaborated with bassist Glen Moore (of the eclectic world fusion jazz group Oregon), recording three albums. Pianist/composer Steve Christofferson, with whom she began playing in 1978, is a frequent partner, and the duo has several recordings, including Dream Lands Volumes I & II (receiving airplay on both NPR and the CBC). The rapport between Steve and Nancy allows Nancy unlimited freedom vocally, and is her preferred setting in which to perform.

Considered something of a best-kept secret amongst aficionados, Nancy’s talent began to peek out from under the Portland cloud cover in 1999, when she guested on Ray Brown’s Some of My Best Friends are Singers CD (reaching #1 on the Gavin Jazz Chart). She appeared on Tel Arc’s 25th Anniversary Jazz Collection in 2002, and in 2006, added her voice to Karin Allyson’s chart-topping release, Footprints, as well as Live at Jazz Standard with Fred Hersch. Nancy was invited by pianist Hersch to perform in New York at the legendary venue as part of his “Duo Invitation Series,” and the evening was recorded unbeknownst to King; the result was a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.”

While Nancy’s interpretative gifts and impeccable intonation have made her a favorite of critics and connoisseurs for years, it is her unmatched warmth and wit that makes audiences adore her! She shares herself fully and without artifice, drawing in each listener as if a personal friend. A true free spirit in every sense of the term, Nancy’s style is indubitably her own.

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