Jingle Jazz comes to Peninsula College

Patterned after National Public Radio’s variety show “A Prairie Home Companion,” this year’s Jingle Jazz holiday production, “Home for the Holidays” includes live interviews with a variety of peninsula performers.

The show is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien of PoetryMusic, jazz singer Jessie Lee and the Peninsula College Jazz Singers and Vocal Harmony will be interviewed briefly by local radio personality Todd Ortloff between sets.

Humorist Laura O’Neal will also present throughout the event, providing a comical twist as stage manager.

“I’m looking forward to presenting a true, live radio show,” Ortloff said. “I think the audience both in the theater and on the radio will experience a warm nostalgia reminiscent of the radio’s golden era. It’s a perfect fit for the holiday season.”

Lively jazz standards such as “Deedle’s Blues” along with traditional holiday fare, including “Let It Snow” and “Christmastime is Here,” will offer enjoyment for audiences of all ages. As in years past, the show will include a variety of jazz styles, harmonies and modern arrangements of classic jazz literature. Look for a mix of instrumental, ensemble and solo performances.

The evening’s music features the addition of PoetryMusic, with Chris Lee on percussion and vibes, and Colleen O’Brien on cello and vocals. PoetryMusic features the chamber jazz duo performing poetry that has been set to music. Their multi-media performance includes an accompanying slide presentation with each poem projected on the screen along with photographic images so that the audience can follow the written word while the poem being sung.

A no-host chocolate and wine reception (with cider and cookies for the under 21 crowd) allows concert goers to indulge in the sweetness of the season beginning at 6 p.m. in the PC Pirate Union Building.

The concert will begin promptly at 7 p.m., broadcasting live on AM 1450 and FM 101.7 KONP Radio. Folks tuning in at home can also listen live at www.konp.com.

“We’ve had this format in mind since the first Jingle Jazz concert, and now that the community has become so fond of the event, it made sense to finally present it as more of a variety show featuring local talent, which we have an abundance of,” vocal jazz director Elaine Gardner Morales said.

“We’re very excited to feature PC Vocal Jazz alumni Jessie Lee. What a joy to see former students do so well!”

PC Jazz Singers include Evelyn Leigh and Cheryl Bell of Sequim, Claire Wegener, Kylea Tucker and Randall Gonzales of Port Angeles, and Alan Susnow of Port Townsend.

Featured for the first time this year will be the new select ensemble, Vocal Harmony whose members include Alexis Haman and Samuel Hegarty of Sequim, Tiara Delatorre, Brandi Larson, Joshua Lewis, Nitasha Lewis, Brittney Sofie and Marissa Wilson from Port Angeles, and Joyce’s Robbin Eaves. The group will be accompanied by Mark Schecter on piano, Terry Smith on drums, Ted Enderle on bass and Chuck Easton on guitar.

Vocal Harmony will travel to Ireland in March 2018, and part of the proceeds from this event will help offset costs for this trip. Additional support for concert will be provided by Wilder Auto.

“This benefit is for students, by students,” said PC Foundation executive director Getta Rogers Workman said. “We are so proud that it has become a holiday classic.”

The Olympus Group at D.A. Davidson will sponsor the Peninsula College Foundation event, which has become a holiday tradition on the North Olympic Peninsula.

General admission tickets can be purchased online for $15 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door on space-available basis.

For more information about Jingle Jazz or the Peninsula College Foundation, contact Rogers Workman at grogers@pencol.edu or 360-417-6400.

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