Our musicians may occasionally drop by to play, but there is no formal schedule until Feb. 14.
Basin St. NW – Thursday night jazz with Basin Street NW is a very popular addition to our jazz program.. Featuring David Drury (guitar) and Todd Pederson (bass) and friends this refined, cosmopolitan-style duo performs mainstream jazz classics with taste, intelligence and heart.
Equinox – on the last Thursday of the month Shelley Loring and her flute join with Basin St. NW
Though Buzz is classically trained on the piano, he loves the nostalgia of the great contemporary pop music icons such as Elton John, The Beatles, and Neil Young just to name a few. “I guess I’m hooked on the great melodies of these pop composers.” He also plays some of the tunes from Broadway musicals and Movie Soundtracks that strike a chord in his heart. “There is so much great music out there I am always expanding my repertoire, though I do have my favorites. Fortunately they are everybody else’s favorites too.” Being a composer of a variety of styles of music, though mainly in the pop jazz and Windham Hill style of contemporary instrumental music such as George Winston Buzz will always showcase a few of his Compositions throughout the evening. Most of his inspiration comes from living in the enchanting and scenic northwest for the last twenty years. Occasionally he may create a new piece spontaneously on the fly as the muse provokes him to. Pay close attention to the music as a Giant tanker floats on by, or the sunset paints a particularly colorful image over the water. Whatever the case expect the unexpected when Buzz sits at the piano. He is always playing something new and fresh from his hat.
Known for the elegance of her playing, pianist, recording artist and composer, Jennifer Goodenberger, loves the music of Broadway, American Songbook, Film Scores, Popular Standards, and Celtic Airs. She has 8 CD’s of contemplative compositions, and performs concerts of Classical Music.
Skadi’s piano sets include classic rock and pop songs from the 60’s and 70’s, original arrangements of jazz standards, and short classical works. She is a high school student from Astoria.
David Drury, is a former RCA recording artist and has performed in much of the United States, including venues with the Phoenix Symphony, on separate occasions with David Rose and Percy Faith conducting. He is a Writer Member of BMI, and his band’s RCA recording, “Myrth,” was listed on the Billboard Magazine charts for several weeks in the top twenty. Though he is known for his ability to improvise and play jazz, his music is influenced and inspired by many years playing rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, swing and big band style standards and show tunes. Currently he divides his time between performing, writing and recording music, and is in his twentieth year teaching guitar at Clatsop Community College.
Richard Thomasian began playing the guitar at 13 in Fresno, California. Early influences were Dylan, The Rolling stones, The Beatles, The Animals, The Byrds ande others of that time. Guitar was just a hobby until in 1972, when at 21, he decided to make a carreer out of it. Richard Thomasian has been playin music up and down the West coast for the last 42 years mainly all over the San Francisco bay area and the Pacific Northwest. Comfortable in many styles he has focused quite a bit on Jazz of all eras but likes it all, including blues, rock, funk, country, folk, reggae and more.
Todd Pederson has played bass for nearly 30 years. He studied music at Central Washington University where he played in the Big Band, Jazz Choir, Orchestra and countless small jazz combos. He started on piano at age 10 and learned bass to play in a rock band covering Beatles and other 60’s material when he was 14. Continuing and interest in music led him to formal study in college. After college he played in a few jazz combos playing in the Seattle area and then he joined a band playing all music from South Africa, called Zanga Zanga. Todd has played music in nearly every genre one could imagine. Todd moved to Astoria to be accessible to his two sons. In Astoria Todd is a member of the North Coast Big Band.