PC’s Jingle Jazz bringing Pearl Django, vocal jazz ensemble to stage

Ring in the holiday season while helping a cause at Peninsula College’s sixth-annual Jingle Jazz concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the college’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

Back by popular demand, Pearl Django is this year’s featured guest, joining the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for a night of swingin’ music and lively holiday cheer.

General admission tickets can be purchased online for $15 at www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/3822121. If available, tickets may also be purchased for $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit PC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and PC students and programs.

“It’s always great to celebrate the many gifts we experience in our community, particularly at this time of year,” PC vocal jazz instructor Elaine Gardner-Morales said.

Vocal Harmony, a part of the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz group, has been busy performing and showing off their hard work and musical talent around our area this fall, at places like Olympic Cellars Winery in Port Angeles and The Lodge at Sherwood Village in Sequim.

Gardner-Morales said she is especially excited about this year’s performance and the return of Seattle-based Pearl Django.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the student learning, effort and the community response of our performances,” she said.

Last year’s Jingle Jazz helped send the college’s vocal jazz singers to Ireland for a musical and cultural student exchange. Gardner-Morales and her students hope for another successful event that can send them on their next learning adventure.

This year, Pearl Django, the well-known Seattle “Gypsy Jazz” group whose performance history spans more than two decades, will join the ensemble.

Jingle Jazz is suited for audiences of all ages, with harmonies and tunes for the holiday season. As in years past, the show includes a variety of jazz styles and modern arrangements of classic jazz literature. Look for a mix of instrumental, ensemble and solo performances.

Vocal jazz ensemble members include Bee Wilkins, Brad Alemeo, Robbin Eaves, Alondra Franco, Megan Vandusen, Luke Weaver, Chris Burt, Christina Kohout, Tiara Delatorre and Zoella Baumann. Musicians backing the group include local favorites Al Harris on piano, Terry Smith on drums, Chuck Easton on guitar and Ted Enderle on bass.

The event is presented by The Olympus Group of DA Davidson, Sound Community Bank and the Peninsula College Foundation.

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

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